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Fuel Cell Technology Products from Freudenberg

Complete Fuel Cell Systems for Carbon-Neutral, Heavy-Duty Applications

Fuel cell technology from Freudenberg Fuel Cell e-Power Systems offers a breakthrough in clean, reliable alternate powertrain options for the transportation and other essential industries. Passenger ferries, yachts, container ships, trucks and passenger buses will all go farther, work harder and generate fewer CO2 emissions in a future that runs on fuel cell energy. When extreme power, long-term reliability, optimal total cost of ownership and sustainability are paramount, Freudenberg offers unparalleled quality solutions to keep your products moving.

Reinforced by more than 30 years of fuel cell research and development, Freudenberg’s offers technologically superior fuel cell solutions harness the company’s world-class materials, testing and engineering capabilities. The company provides heavy-duty application manufacturers with a single point of contact for all of their fuel cell needs, from functional components to complete fuel cell systems. This includes all necessary subsystems (balance-of-plant) and services such as telematics, remote monitoring, field service and cost-optimized refurbishment of stacks. Freudenberg's expertise not only covers low-temperature PEM fuel cells (LTPEM), which are commonly used in transportation, but also high-temperature PEM fuel cells (HTPEM).

Fuel Flexibility As Unique Selling Point

Every customer has unique system requirements and Freudenberg Fuel Cell e-Power Systems are manufactured to optimize system flexibility. Fuel flexibility for maritime customers, in particular, is a unique company strength. For ships with long range requirements, Freudenberg offers both classic direct hydrogen systems and systems with integrated fuel reformers. The integrated reformers enable ships to use carbon-neutral fuels with higher energy density, such as e-methanol. With this proprietary technology, Freudenberg offers its maritime customers years of reliable, carbon-neutral ocean travel that is sustained by the superior service life and flexibility of its fuel cell systems.

The Freudenberg fuel cell portfolio also offers another impressive technological solution to customers: A hybrid system that seamlessly combines the advantages of a battery and fuel cell in one power solution. These hybrid designs maximize fuel efficiency, performance and service life while lowering investment costs. Freudenberg is the only supplier on the market with the deep technological expertise required in both fuel cells and batteries systems and components to engineer and integrate these power sources into intelligent hybrid systems. It goes without saying that the company also develops an intelligent energy management solution for these systems, in accordance with ISO26262 standards.

Multiple Benefits for System Operators

Freudenberg offers the market unique in-house, value-added benefits in every hybrid solution it engineers. Whether starting with a separator and cell and finishing with a complete battery system or starting with gas diffusion layers, a membrane electrode assembly (MEA) and a stack and finishing with a fuel cell, Freudenberg systems can be modularly assembled with different performance levels depending upon the required performance profiles. For system operators, this means higher efficiency, better suitability for everyday use and cost advantages in terms of total cost of ownership.

Freudenberg Fuel Cell e-Power Systems offers complete electric power systems to customers that are environmentally friendly, provide maximum power and cost efficiency, are reliable "long-distance runners" and combine low weight and flexible installation designs. As a single source supplier of all fuel cell requirements, Freudenberg Fuel Cell e-Power Systems is ready to partner with you to power up your future success.

In combination with batteries, fuel cells are an integral part of future mobility.

Nils Martens, Managing Director Freudenberg Fuel Cell e-Power Systems

Markets

Truck & Bus

The globally active technology specialist and Europe's largest provider of long-distance coach travel are working together in a future-oriented project on sustainable, CO2-free mobility. Together they are bringing fuel cell-powered coaches onto the road.

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Marine

The technical requirements for the performance, reliability and durability of fuel cells used in a marine applications are higher than for those used on land. Freudenberg offers modular, individually configurable fuel cell systems and integrated hybrid drive systems that optimize the sizing of fuel cell and battery.

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Competencies

More than two and a Half Decades of Experience With Fuel Cells and Batteries

The Freudenberg family of businesses has more than 170 years of industrial design and manufacturing experience. The company is focused on innovation, product excellence, quality, value and customer service. With 50,000 associates in 60 countries, Freudenberg businesses respond regionally with global solutions.

For more than 20 years, Freudenberg has pursued the development of functional relevant components for fuel cells. Gas diffusion layers (GDL), for example, increase the flow efficiency of reactant hydrogen, air and oxygen and product gases through the cell membrane. Filters offer long-lasting protection for the catalysts. Humidifiers prevent the membranes from drying out and seals are essential in maintaining the integrity of a fuel cell over a lifetime. Freudenberg’s material development expertise has produced such innovations as 35 FC-PO100, a material that is especially designed for the production of fuel cell seals. In addition, the company has strengthened its core material and manufacturing expertise with the acquisition of two advanced battery and fuel cell businesses. These businesses enlarge the capabilities on component level with system know-how which is often patented.

Did You Know That...

... Freudenberg recycles most of the components used in its fuel cell stacks? At Freudenberg, for example, the bipolar plates – a core element of the stack – are not made of corrosion-prone metal but of high-quality recyclable graphite. Graphite bipolar plates offer greater sustainability, lower costs and a longer service life.

... Freudenberg offers predictive maintenance capabilities and an advanced telematics service that continuously monitors the performance, location and charging activities of its systems and components?

Fuel Cells for Yachts

Can fuel cells provide sustainable, emission-free operation on yachts? Our partner Luerssen is committed to this idea: Together we will develop a fuel cell system specifically for yachts. This project was introduced during the "Luerssen Live! talk" on April 15, 2021.

Freudenberg Fuel Cell Technology For Cruise Ships

The Freudenberg Fuel Cell is one of the newest technologies being used in the field of Cruise and Shipping industry. This is a small yet powerful onboard diesel engine that converts Freon or ethylene as fuel into usable energy for power plants and diesel generators on cruise ships. This type of technology has been available to yacht owners for a while now. But until recently, it had never been tried on cruise ships.

Freudenberg uses a small series of six electrodes which are connected to a host unit. The number and size of the electrodes are determined by the ship's fuel-cell size. A ship may have a single fuel cell stack or six such stacks. The advantage of having a larger number of fuel cells is that they can be positioned close together near the bow of the ship to create one big system that will harness energy from the surrounding environment. Smaller ships generally need fuel cell systems with a smaller number of cells. The overall power potential however is the same for all ships. For big cruise ships however, it may be necessary to replace their engines with those using Freudenberg's. This is because large cruise ships tend to travel at greater speeds and for shorter periods of time. Therefore, more fuel is required for the same energy output.

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