The immortal project aims to develop advanced fuel cell technology for heavy-duty trucks

The project will develop higher performance fuel cell components for heavy-duty trucks with a predicted lifetime of at least 30,000 hours lifespan.

A European consortium that includes Johnson Matthey and Bosch will work on a €3.8 million project called Immortal to develop advanced fuel cell technology for heavy-duty trucks to support decarbonision in freight transport.

The project will develop new materials for fuel cell components in heavy-duty truck applications to ensure tailored performance and long term durability. It is a three-year project supported by the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU). The consortium is coordinated by France’s CNRS and includes Johnson Matthey (JM), Bosch, FPT Industrial, AVL, Imtek and Pretexo. The roles of these partners will be as follows:

  • Johnson Matthey will work on electrocatalyst and membrane components and integrate them in catalyst coated membranes with catalyst layers tailored for enhanced performance and heavy-duty operation lifetime.
  • Bosch will develop cell and stack testing protocols to reflect realistic use in the field and accelerated stress test protocols and apply them to large-size MEAs and short stacks.
  • FPT Industrial will provide the industry system requirements and analysis leading to estimation of the Immortal stack cost.
  • AVL will provide a second stack platform.
  • CNRS Montpellier will lead the project and work on developing novel membrane reinforcement and reinforced membranes and electrocatalysts.
  • Imtek (a research group at the University of Freiburg) will focus on understanding degradation mechanisms using chemical and structural techniques.
  • Pretexo will provide project management and communication support.

Jo Godden, MD of Johnson Matthey’s Fuel Cells business, said, “Developing a robust fuel cell powertrain solution to decarbonise freight transportation will be critical to achieving net-zero goals around the world.”

Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director of the FCH-JU, stated, “Projects like Immortal are absolutely essential in driving down the costs of components and enhancing the competitiveness of hydrogen fuel cells powered trucks.”

Ethan Mandel

Ethan is the special correspondent for Europe covering the hydrogen industry for H2 Bulletin. Please click on the email icon to contact me via email or follow me on social media. I am reachable on Phone: +44 (0) 208 123 7812
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