EKPO Fuel Cell Technologies, the fuel cell joint venture between ElringKlinger and Plastic Omnium, has been awarded a series production contract with a planned total volume in the high double-digit million euro range.
The Aachen-based German mobility company AE Driven Solutions (AEDS) has commissioned EKPO to supply fuel cell stacks of the type NM5-evo over a period of several years as exclusive supplier, as EKPO shareholder ElringKlinger stated. The stacks are to be used in delivery vehicles.
According to the statement, the stacks are designed “to meet the important criteria of performance, durability and smooth running” for AEDS. Series production of the stacks is scheduled to start in the first half of 2022.
EKPO does not go into the exact performance data of the ordered stacks, but does mention the most important key data of the new stack family NM5-evo: This is to deliver a power density of up to 4.6 kW/l in the cell block. In pressurised mode, up to 76 kW of power should be possible. The stacks are also said to be characterised not only by their compact design, but also by their flexibility. According to EKPO, the modules not only allow the stacks to be easily scaled, but also to be flexibly adapted to the available installation space in the customer’s application.
The core of the customer AEDS emerged from the development team of the StreetScooter; CEO Tobias Reil was previously a member of the management board and production manager at StreetScooter GmbH. The shareholders of AEDS include StreetScooter co-founder Achim Kampker and Stefanie and Alexander Peters – both are managing partners of the Neuman & Esser Group. The company aims to cover the entire value chain from the generation, compression, production and storage of hydrogen as well as green gases.
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