EKPO Fuel Cell Technologies (EKPO) is a leading joint venture of ElringKlinger and Plastic Omnium that focuses on the development and large-scale production of fuel cell stacks and components for CO2-neutral mobility.
EKPO has many years of experience in research and development. The main target is to build up competence in the mass production of PEM fuel cell stack components. The new NM12 stack platform was developed as part of the VOLUMETRIQ funding project. This has been used, for instance, in funded projects such as Keytech4EV to build up further know-how in the field of operating strategy for hybrid fuel cell/battery electric vehicles. Fundamental investigations into degradation were also carried out here. With HySnow as another funding project, experience was also gained regarding the sensitivity of fuel cell operation to various operating parameters and environmental conditions, with a particular focus on frost start and cold ambient conditions. But also the application of diagnostic and control strategies, operation management of fuel cells in buses could be deepened with the help of the funding project GiantLeap.
Based on its experience, EKPO is a full-service supplier for fuel cell stacks and components used in cars, light commercial vehicles, trucks, buses, but also in trains and ships.
Role in BEST4Hy
EKPO brings input in different aspects relying on their expertise as a PEMFC stack and component developing and producing company:
- State of the art fuel cell stacks and components in different aging conditions are provided and serve as basis for the partners recycling activities.
- Stack testing on recycled materials is performed to validate the recycling achievements. The test procedures are developed in a close cooperation with the project partners.
- Knowledge and experience as an industrial company developing serial-produced components for sustainable mobility solutions are brought into different topics across the project.