The US-American company Nuvera Fuel Cells, an automotive supplier, announced the expansion of its hydrogen fuel cell engine testing capabilities with the commissioning of a new large-scale durability testing facility in Italy.
Nuvera’s new Fuel Cell Engine Test Module (ETM) was equipped as a testing ground for the company’s expanding product line. The ETM provides the capability to simultaneously test up to eight fuel cell engines at different customer-specific load cycles to demonstrate that Nuvera’s power systems can power both commercial medium- and heavy-duty motive applications, the company informs. One of the first projects to be undertaken in the new testing facility is verifying their fuel cell engine performance for bus customers’ requirements in China.
“Nuvera remains committed to providing OEMs with the technology needed to build high-performance, zero-emission vehicles,” said Giampaolo Sibilia, director of Nuvera EU operations. “Confirming that our fuel cell engines exceed the expectations of our customers across multiple mobility markets is our top priority.” Nuvera CEO Lucien Robroek adds: “The ETM facility is unique in the industry and offers customers the capability required to successfully deploy fuel cell systems in real-world commercial applications.”
Nuvera is also involved in helping develop hydrogen mobility technologies in Europe in the consortium called StasHH. This group of 25 companies is working on developing a standard for heavy fuel cell trucks in Europe. At the end of last year, Nuvera also announced a new fuel cell vehicle platform, which works with both medium- and heavy-duty trucks. However, the company is guarding its secrets closely: Only a few details of the FC system E-45 have been made publically available. According to Nuvera, the drive has an integrated compressor and patented operation control. For stack technology, the US company relies on uncoated metal plates.
At the time, product manager Matt Weig said: “Our strategy for the E-45 fuel cell engine was to design a system that meets the needs of multiple mobility markets, and easily incorporates into existing electric vehicle platforms, taking maximum advantage of our unique core stack technology.” Now the company has the tools to prove it.