Continental AG is widening is fuel cell tech industry, by entering into a strategic partnership with Germany’s Chemnitz University of Technology in a program of Professorship of Advanced Powertrains. The new Fuel Cell Laboratory facility for fuel cell technology is dedicated for the 17th of July.
A key requirement for the expansion involving the enhancement of extensive measuring capabilities was set up through the installation of a large scale tank of hydrogen at the laboratory facility owned by the Professorship ALF.
Continental AG is currently the largest industrial partner for the new fuel cell materials laboratory facility, making the campus of the Chemnitz University of Technology one of the most modern variants of its kind in the country.
According to the Head of Technology and Innovation at Continental’s AG Powertrain Division, Stephan Rebhan, hydrogen based fuel cells are anticipated to become a key factor in a variety of futuristic mobility solutions. Consequently, the company aims to increase R&D activities in the field. He further stated: “With Chemnitz University of Technology, we have gained an outstanding partner for the testing of materials, components and entire fuel cell systems. This continues a long series of successful collaborations with technical universities, and we are proud of this long tradition at Continental.”
Project Develops Bipolar Plates to Cut Costs
With the objective of testing fuel cells in different conditions, the latest test bench is capable of simulating a wide range of workloads and environment conditions, something which is very important to assess the importance of the cell.
These test can be carried out in variations of temperature, humidity, and varying working conditions such as irregular terrain, or high weight loads. Projects to develop innovative materials for greater efficiency and economic feasibility.
One of the major challenges facing power train fuel cell manufacturers is high costs. Consequently Continental AG is dedicating projects in the fuel cell lab facility in to the development of bipolar plates. Such metallic plates are key to the structure of the fuel cell stack, which allows for smaller dimensions of components, while also making more economic systems feasible in the industry.