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05/17/2021 / 6:00 PM
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EKPO Fuel Cell Technologies secures a series production contract for fuel cell stacks

Dettingen / Erms (Germany), May 17, 2021 +++ The order pipeline of EKPO Fuel Cell Technologies GmbH (EKPO), the joint venture between ElringKlinger (60%) and Plastic Omnium (40%), continues to fill: The one in Aachen based mobility company AE Driven Solutions GmbH (AEDS) has awarded EKPO an exclusive multi-year contract for the delivery of fuel cell stacks of the type NM5-evo. The order covers a planned volume in the high double-digit million euro range. The stacks meet AEDS’s key performance, durability and smooth operation criteria and are intended to be attached to delivery vehicles as part of the company’s system integration efforts. The aim is to offer environmentally friendly drive technology in urban areas. Series production of the stacks is scheduled to begin in the first half of 2022.

The NM5 evo stack is the latest addition to the EKPO stack portfolio. In addition to a high power density of up to 4.6 kW / l in the cell block, it meets the high requirements of the customer with regard to a durable, compact fuel cell stack design. In addition to the comparatively low weight, this includes a high performance range of up to 76 kW in printing. In addition, the stack design offers the best possible basis for scaling and modularization, so that the end customer can design his usage application with maximum flexibility and efficiency.

Like EKPO, AEDS has geared its business towards next generation mobility. The Aachen-based company equips vehicles for inner-city traffic with environmentally friendly fuel cell systems. In this context, the AEDS team can fall back on its extensive know-how in the field of electromobility. After the successful development of the street scooter as a battery-powered delivery vehicle by the company’s core team and its introduction as a series application, AEDS is now using its experience to use vehicles with fuel cell drives in connection with new mobility concepts in urban regions. In addition to CEO Tobias Reil, former board member and production manager of Streetscooter GmbH, the shareholders Prof. Achim Kampker, one of the founders of Streetscooter GmbH, as well as Stefanie and Alexander Peters, managing partners of the NEUMAN & ESSER GROUP, who manage the entire Covers the value chain from the generation, compression, production and storage of hydrogen and green gases. In cooperation with other companies and institutions such as TÜV Rheinland, the PEM Group and RWTH Aachen University, a next-generation mobility cluster for all aspects of battery and hydrogen technologies is currently being created at the AEDS location in Aachen.

When it comes to developing climate-friendly mobility, AEDS, like EKPO, sees the significant advantages associated with hydrogen-based technologies. In cases where the required hydrogen is generated by wind, solar or water power, the propulsion system based on such fuel cell technology can be regarded as completely CO2-neutral. In the area of ​​mobility, the advantages of hydrogen come to the fore wherever idle times are costly. In addition to long-distance transport, this applies above all to the area of ​​last mile delivery, ie for applications with a long range or cyclical operation. Areas of application for vehicles are commercial and delivery vehicles as well as buses, but also industrial applications in the mobile sector such as special vehicles and industrial trucks. In addition, hydrogen-based fuel cell drives are suitable for trains, ships and planes.

EKPO has been actively researching and developing fuel cells through its parent company ElringKlinger for around 20 years. The compact stacks are based on proton exchange membrane technology (PEM) and convert chemicals into electrical energy using hydrogen and oxygen. EKPO offers stacks in various configurations for integration into customer systems. Stacks with peripheral components and system functions that are integrated in the media module are also optionally available. These features enable a considerable simplification and cost reduction in relation to the fuel cell system. With the system solutions from the parent company Plastic Omnium, EKPO can cover the entire value chain of a hydrogen-based fuel cell drive. EKPO has an initial production capacity of up to 10,000 stacks per year, which is gradually expanded according to incoming orders.

For more information, please contact on behalf of EKPO Fuel Cell Technologies:

ElringKlinger AG
Strategic communication
Dr. Jens Winter
Phone: +49 7123 724-88335
Email: jens.winter@elringklinger.com

About EKPO Fuel Cell Technologies

EKPO Fuel Cell Technologies (EKPO), headquartered in Dettingen / Erms (Germany), is a leading joint venture in the development and production of fuel cell stacks for CO2-neutral mobility on a large scale. The company is a full-service provider of fuel cell stacks and components for passenger cars, light commercial vehicles, trucks, buses, as well as for train and ship applications. In this context, the company is building on the industrialization expertise of two established international automotive suppliers – ElringKlinger and Plastic Omnium.

The aim of the joint venture is the development and mass production of high-performance fuel cell stacks in order to further advance CO2-neutral mobility on road, rail, water or off-road.

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