As a global leader in automotive technologies, Faurecia is anticipating all the challenges of a changing industry. With the help of strategic partnerships with companies, start-ups and academia within an open innovation ecosystem, Faurecia technologies address two key aspects of mobility: the Cockpit of the Future for a safer, more comfortable, and more intuitive experience in the cockpit of the future, and Sustainable Mobility for cleaner and more environmentally-friendly transportation around the world.
Faurecia is looking for solutions to store efficiently, safely and with mastered costs liquid hydrogen, for mobile application. They are looking for design which improves gravimetric capacity (kgH2/kgSystem), and volumetric capacity (kgH2/L system). They are also looking to reduce as much as possible parasitic heat transfer to improve holding time and minimize boil-off losses. The goal is to demonstrate that liquid hydrogen storage is a realistic solution to improve significantly hydrogen storage performances vs current compressed storage for fuel cell vehicles.
Potentially relevant technologies include:
LH2 Tank material design
Boil-off gases management
Sensor & control
Typical application is long haul truck with external volume of 900L available for fuel storage (system level). To increase significantly mileage (500+ km), it is necessary to increase stored fuel volumetric capacity (kgH2/L system). LH2 is a good candidate to achieve such goal with a fluid density of 71 kg/m2. Technical challenge is to make possible LH2 storage possible for mobile application.
Potential next steps include funded PoC with Faurecia experts and resources at a Faurecia location. Assuming successful PoC further engagement could include investment, joint development, licensing, becoming a customer, or acquisition.
Faurecia FCM Liquid Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Team will lead the project engagement. This team is located in Bavans, France and supported by a global network of technology experts. The PoC will be monitored by Faurecia Ventures, the Group’s investment fund, advances Faurecia’s innovation strategy by identifying, incubating and investing in start-ups with relevant technologies for Sustainable Mobility.
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