For this project, backed with about €7 million from the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy, Faurecia will develop and seek certification for a new size of tank perfectly adapted to meet the requirements of heavy-duty vehicles and other applications with intensive use cases. This type of extra-large system can store an increased amount of hydrogen, delivering a higher autonomy. This hydrogen storage system prototype will be developed in the company’s R&D center in Augsburg, Germany.
Starting mid-2024, five selected customers will test these hydrogen-powered fuel cell trucks in real-life operations for one year, operating in the Bavarian region between Nuremberg and Munich.
Yves Andres, FORVIA Clean Mobility Executive Vice President, said: “With hydrogen storage systems, we are proud to provide solutions for the energy transition. This project is an additional step for our hydrogen development in Germany, with strong technology and public partnerships in commercial vehicles applications. We appreciate this support and are proud to be part of this German and Bavarian ecosystem.”
For this project, FORVIA Clean Mobility brings its experience and know-how in terms of hydrogen storage system and its expertise in developing full systems adapted to packaging constraints. The storage solution makes no compromise in terms of payload, available space, and autonomy.