European Auto Parts Giant Fuel Cell Layout Revealed

- Nov 26, 2019-

When China mainly focused on breakthroughs in fuel cell stack related technologies, a number of foreign auto parts giants are planning to accelerate the pace of hydrogen fuel cell industry deployment.

Not long ago, the German Mahler Group integrated the company's resources and created the "Fuel Cell Project Department".

It is reported that the fuel cell project department created this time has concentrated the Mahle Group's rich research and development experience in the traditional travel field. Depending on the strength of various parties in the fields of thermal management, air and liquid management and filtration, the team members can Analyze the conclusions to determine the design of the peripheral components, so as to achieve cost optimization for the vehicle.

In fact, Mahler is just a prominent representative of the European auto parts companies in the field of hydrogen-fueled electric vehicles. In addition to Mahler, parts giants such as Bosch Group, Faurecia and Garrett are also grabbing the hydrogen fuel cell market.

I take a look at the component giants who are planning the hydrogen fuel cell industry for readers' reference.

Bosch Group: Allied Fuel Cell Stack Manufacturer

As the world's largest auto parts supplier, the Bosch Group began to focus on the field of fuel cells after diluting the layout of the pure electric vehicle field.

Currently, Bosch has the world's largest number of fuel cell patents, and is expected to launch a power controller (PCU) for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in 2021. In addition, Bosch has developed a fuel cell control unit (FCCU).

In August 2018, Bosch signed a cooperation with CeresPower in the UK, and plans to acquire a 4% stake in the latter, and jointly develop the next phase of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology suitable for various application scenarios.

In December 2018, Bosch signed an agreement with Swedish battery stack manufacturer PowerCell to provide Bosch with fuel cell stacks for use in the Bosch automotive industry's prototype fuel cell systems. The two parties will also jointly develop PowerCellS3, a fuel cell stack with leading power density and durability, to meet the needs of the automotive market.

Bosch recently formed a cooperation alliance with Powercell. According to the cooperation agreement, the two parties will jointly develop proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell technology suitable for mass production. In the future, Bosch will realize the mass production of the technology in the form of a license agreement to supply the global automotive market.

It is worth mentioning that as early as November 2017, Bosch and Weichai Power signed a comprehensive strategic cooperation agreement, planning to jointly build a world-class fuel cell vehicle technology innovation chain and industrial chain, and jointly develop and produce hydrogen fuel cells and related components. .

The Bosch Group also announced in July this year that it will invest 100 million euros each year to start the development of major components for fuel cell vehicles, with mass production by 2022.

Garrett: two-stage electric compressor for fuel cell vehicles

Garrett's predecessor was the Honeywell Transportation Systems Business Unit, which was spun off from Honeywell and listed on the New York Stock Exchange on October 1, 2018. As a leader in the field of turbocharging technology, as early as 2016 The first two-stage electric compressor was mounted on Honda CLARITY for mass production.

It is understood that the electric compressor system also uses differentiated technical designs, such as air bearing applications, which eliminates any grease pollution in the compressor and reduces the related risks of fuel cell contamination. To date, Garrett has participated in more than 10 OEM projects to develop electric compressors for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

Faurecia: High-pressure hydrogen storage system launched

Faurecia, as an auto parts company under the French Peugeot Citroen Group, is also the eighth largest auto parts supplier in the world. In recent years, it has been accelerating the layout of the hydrogen fuel cell auto industry.

At the 2018 Hannover Messe, Faurecia exhibited a high-pressure hydrogen storage system and a fuel cell stack. By applying a large amount of technical experience to its system integration, Faurecia has launched a comprehensive solution to integrate hydrogen storage management, pressure management and fuel cell stack technologies into lightweight commercial vehicles.

Since 2019, Faurecia has made a series of investments in the field of fuel cells. This includes a five-year cooperation agreement with the French CEA (Atomic Energy and Alternative Energy Commission) to collaborate on research and development projects for fuel cell stack technology.

In June this year, Faurecia announced the establishment of a global technology center dedicated to the research and development of hydrogen storage systems in the Faurecia R & D center in Bavan, France. The technology center is scheduled to begin operations in the second quarter of 2020, with a total investment of approximately 25 million euros, including a 4.9 million euro financial subsidy from the Burgundy-Franche-Comté region of France.

Faurecia also decided to invest about 15 million euros in fuel cell research and development each year in order to fully stimulate the technology's potential in the automotive industry.

MAHLE: layout of important components of fuel cell vehicles

MAHLE is a systems specialist based in Stuttgart, Germany. It is a developer and supplier of truck cooling and air conditioning systems.

In September 2018, Mahler and Nicholas reached a cooperation awareness on thermal management and will jointly develop a new hydrogen fuel cell truck NikolaTwo.

It is understood that NikolaTwo's development of fuel cells, traction motors, power electronics and batteries, as well as the production of multiple cooling systems, all related system components come from MAHLE.

In fact, the low-profile MAHLE has developed a number of important components suitable for large-scale production of fuel cell-driven commercial vehicles, including cold combustion air management, compressors, humidifiers, coolants, water separators, exhaust passages, and fuel cell monitoring. Modules, etc. Mahler's recent announcement of the creation of a "Fuel Cell Project Division" also demonstrates the company's ambition to enter the hydrogen fuel cell industry.发送反馈历史记录