Great hopes are being placed on fuel cells – especially by the transport sector. They are becoming increasingly interesting not only for passenger cars and buses but also for heavy goods vehicles. The new EU regulations requiring a reduction of CO2 emissions from heavy commercial vehicles by 15 percent from 2025 onward and by 30 percent as of 2030 are a major impetus here. The EU is aiming for climate neutrality and therefore carbon-free mobility by 2050. However, this emission-free drive technology is not yet in mass production.
This is set to change with the Research Factory for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells (HyFaB). With HyFaB, ZSW is establishing an open industry platform to develop automated manufacturing and quality assurance processes, factory acceptance tests and commissioning procedures for fuel cell stacks. HyFaB is open to partners from the automotive and fuel cell supplier industry and the mechanical and plant engineering sectors, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economic Affairs is funding a 3,300-square metre building at the ZSW location in Ulm. Commissioning is scheduled for the beginning of 2022. Baden-Württemberg’s Minister for Economic Affairs, Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, presented ZSW with the funding approval for 10.5 million euros on 19 August 2020.