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18th May 2017, France

Faurecia to make composite hydrogen tanks

Leading automotive Tier 1 supplier Faurecia has acquired exclusive access to the intellectual property and process know-how of Stelia Aerospace Composites in relation to composite hydrogen tanks.

With Stelia’s support, Faurecia is now able to design, industrialise and commercialise high pressure hydrogen tanks made of carbon fibre composites for fuel cell electric vehicles.

Carbon fibre composite are the ideal material for hydrogen tanks. © Stelia Aerospace Composites

"Faurecia intends to become a leading supplier of fuel cell technology,” said CEO Patrick Koller. “We believe in this new energy vehicle alternative which has increased autonomy and rapid refueling time. In addition, hydrogen can be produced locally using sustainable technology.”

Fuel cell technology is a long term electric vehicle solution which offers increased autonomy (over 500 km) and quicker refuelling time compared to battery-powered electric vehicles. By 2035, Faurecia estimates that five million vehicles equipped with fuel cell technology could be in production. Carbon fibre composite are the ideal material for hydrogen tanks which have to withstand the high pressure (700bars) whilst being as light as possible.

This acquisition complements the investment that Faurecia recently made in Ad-Venta, a specialist in pressure valves for efficient and safe hydrogen storage. Ad-Venta has developed a unique, reliable and compact valve which allows pressure management from 700 to 10 bars for delivery to the fuel cell.

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