Faurecia, a global automotive equipment supplier, has signed a five-year agreement with the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) to collaborate on a research and development program of fuel cell stack technologies.
Faurecia says it will benefit from more than two decades of CEA research in fuel cell stacks and key components such as bipolar plates. Along with Faurecia’s experience in fluid dynamics and catalysis, the partners will be able to develop, mass-produce and commercialize a high-performance fuel cell stack for the auto industry.
“Our partnership with the CEA marks an important new step in Faurecia’s strategy to develop a reliable offer for fuel cell technologies,” states Patrick Koller, CEO of Faurecia. “We are convinced that this technology, which offers large autonomy and fast refueling times, will coexist with battery electric vehicles.”
Florence Lambert, CEO of the CEA-Liten, adds, “For almost 20 years, the CEA has been involved in the development of hydrogen-powered fuel cells in order to meet the challenges of clean mobility. We are particularly pleased to support Faurecia in its ambition to address the fuel cell electric vehicle market – a strong message for the French industry.”
In this same field of fuel cell technologies, Faurecia recently concluded an agreement with STELIA Aerospace Composites and has invested in Ad-Venta for the development of high-pressure hydrogen tanks and compact valves.