Pressure tanks for fuel cell vehicles project receives funding

Pressure tanks for fuel cell vehicles project

The Delfin fuel cell project, with participants such as the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University, has received EUR7.5 million from Germany’s Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI).

The Delfin project involves the development of a pressure tank with reduced costs and weight for emissions-free hydrogen mobility. The high costs of pressure tanks for hydrogen storage represent a major barrier to establishing such systems on the market.

The project is funded within the scope of the National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP). For the NIP, the Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) will provide, in the period from 2016 to 2019, EUR250 million for R&D and the procurement of vehicles.

The partners in the project, Ford, BMW and NuCellSys, as well as the suppliers, NPROXX Jülich, Elkamet, Tejin Carbon, engineering service provider ISATEC and, on the public side, the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM) and IKV – have joined forces to develop and test innovative design and manufacturing concepts as well as new materials. The composition of the consortium represents the entire value chain of the pressure tank – from the manufacture of the individual components and their assembly to their suitability for use in fuel cell-powered vehicles. The research institutes participating in the project support the various stages of the value chain with their understanding of materials, process know-how and experience in testing.


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