Honing in on the growing market opportunities in the alternative fuel space, Hexagon Composites has launched Hexagon Purus, a dedicated business division for the company’s group-wide hydrogen activities and compressed natural gas light-duty vehicle activities.
Through Hexagon Purus, the company will continue to develop solutions working closely with car, bus and truck manufacturers; fleet, rail and marine operators; gas distributors; and refueling station operators. The division will provide lightweight composite high-pressure tanks and systems for the storage and distribution of hydrogen, natural gas and biogas.
“We strongly believe in the future of clean energy, and Hexagon Purus is our response to support this transition,” says Michael Kleschinski, president of Hexagon Purus. “For us, Purus represents something new, pure and unique. We are clarifying and sharpening our clean energy focus.”
The Hexagon Purus business division includes manufacturing; sales and marketing; research and development; and personnel in Norway, Germany and the U.S.
Hexagon Composites is currently involved in a number of hydrogen development projects. In 2018, the company received two large OEM contracts for the delivery of hydrogen tanks to new fuel cell electric vehicle models.
The newly launched Purus division has already announced a contract: Audi AG has selected Hexagon Purus to supply high-pressure tanks for a multiyear hydrogen tank development and small-serial production project.
Rick Rashilla, senior vice president of Hexagon Purus, calls the project award “another milestone for Hexagon and the rapidly growing fuel cell electric vehicle industry.”
“Our common environmental commitment now results in this collaboration project to realize the great potential of hydrogen fuel,” says Rashilla.
At the beginning of the next decade, notes Hexagon, Audi is expected to introduce its first fuel cell model.