Bosch forms fuel-cell stack alliance
Posted on 12 May 2019 and read 968 times
Bosch is entering the market for mobile fuel cells for trucks and cars and has formed an alliance with Powercell Sweden AB, the Swedish manufacturer of fuel-cell stacks that convert hydrogen into electrical energy.
Under the agreement, the two partners will work jointly to make the polymer-electrolyte membrane fuel cell ready for production; Bosch will then manufacture the stacks under licence for the international automotive market.
They will complement the Bosch portfolio of fuel-cell components and will be launched in 2022 at the latest.
Bosch board member Stefan Hartung said: “Bosch already has a strong hand in the fuel-cell domain, and the alliance with Powercell makes it even stronger.
“Commercialising technology is one of our strengths; we are now going to take on this task with determination and develop the fuel-cell market.”
Over the long term, the mobile fuel-cell business is potentially worth billions of euros for Bosch. It estimates that up to 20% of the world’s electric vehicles will be powered by fuel cells in 2030.
Once they have become established in trucks, Bosch fuel-cell powertrains will increasingly find their way into passenger cars, but their cost needs to be progressively reduced for this to happen.
The biggest cost item is the stack; it accounts for nearly two-thirds of the total cost of a fuel-cell system.
Dr Hartung added: “Through commercialisation and widespread marketing of this technology, Bosch will achieve economies of scale and push down costs.”