Ballard’s double breakthrough: The Canadian fuel cell specialist presents the world’s first Non Precious Metal Catalyst (NPMC) to use in a lightweight PEM fuel cell stack. Developed together with Nisshinbo from Japan, Ballard hopes to have the new product ready for sale later this year. Further advances comes from China where Ballard just opened a new facility for fuel cell stacks in Yunfu together with its JV partner Synergy. The stacks are designed for commercial vehicles.
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Ultra-fast charging pulls investors: Daimler is the latest company to believe in Israeli fast-charge start-up StoreDot. Its traction battery promises to charge EVs within just a few minutes, seconds for smartphones, and thus gained another 60m dollars in its latest round of funding. Apart from Daimler trucks, Samsung as well as Roman Abramovich count among the followers.
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Advanced e-mobility lab: TÜV SÜD plans to expand its laboratory services in Asia, Germany, and the U.S. to respond to increasing demand from the electric transport sector. Next to battery testing, engineers will also conduct certification of high-voltage charging systems and new tests for H2 technology.
French fuel cell scheme: Supplier Faurecia has come to an agreement with the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) to set up and R&D programme for fuel cell stacks over 5 years. The aim is to ready a stack designed for the automotive industry.
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