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China Hydrogen Signs Agreement with Impact Coatings for Fuel Cell Production


Impact Coatings has signed an agreement with China Hydrogen Energy to be strategic partner and deliver coating technology for high volume production. The agreement includes both coating equipment and consumables to an approximate value of €10 million over the first three years.

Impact Coatings, the leading developer and supplier of coatings for bipolar/separator plates for fuel cells, has entered into a cooperation with China Hydrogen Energy. The Swedish company will deliver high volume coating equipment and Ceramic MaxPhase™ material to the Chinese fuel cell vehicle propulsion technology company based in Suzhou, China. The fuel cell power systems will be integrated into buses, trucks and cars from several leading Chinese vehicle manufacturers.

Over the past few years Impact Coatings has supplied coatings for bipolar plates to many international car OEMs. China Hydrogen Energy has been awarded by the Chinese Government and is now building factories for volume production. The company has received orders from bus and truck companies to deliver fuel cell propulsion systems. With the ordered coating systems from Impact Coatings, China Hydrogen Energy will have the capacity to produce fuel cell systems for over 20 000 vehicles a year. The strategy is to become one of the biggest producers of fuel cell systems in China.

The Ceramic MaxPhase™ coating enhances performance and lifetime of metal bipolar plates in fuel cells. The PVD (physical vapor deposition) coating is proven state-of-the-art for both proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) and direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC). Offering a unique combination of low contact resistance, high corrosion resistance, and low cost, it exceeds both performance and cost reduction targets set up by the US Department of Energy.