DANA TO DEVELOP METALLIC BIPOLAR PLATES FOR HYDROGEN ELECTROLYZERS
Debuting at Hannover Messe this week in hall 13, stand E03, the bipolar plates will leverage Dana's experience with similar components for fuel cell stacks used in mobile applications.
Dana Incorporated recently announced the development of metallic bipolar plates specifically engineered to maximize the performance and accelerate the commercialization of proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyzers used to produce hydrogen fuel.
Dana's integrated bipolar plates are made of steel or titanium with various coating options used as surface treatment of the active area. They also improve stack efficiency through better flow field design and reduced electrical losses, and they feature integrated moulded sealing to prevent permeability at operating pressures of up to 50 bar.
Currently in prototype testing with global manufacturers of electrolyzers and electrolysis stacks, the bipolar plates will be ready for commercial production by the end of 2023.
As the only supplier offering capabilities for both metallic and composite designs, Dana will supply nearly 2 million bipolar plates this year with integrated seals and coatings that offer reliable, cost-effective product solutions for a wide range of advanced fuel-cell engine configurations.
To support growing global demand, Dana is installing the largest production line for metallic bipolar plates in Europe at the company's existing facility in Neu-Ulm, Germany. Scheduled to commence high-volume production later this year, the plant will be capable of producing up to eight million metallic bipolar plates annually.
For more information on Dana's solutions for next-generation metallic bipolar plates, visit dana.com/product/metallic-bipolar-plates.