Enabling materials for hydrogen fuel cell technology

Powering our way to a net-zero future 

The use of hydrogen technology in transportation is gaining traction. Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) come equipped with advantages designed to navigate toward the United Nations' target of a net-zero emission planet by 2050. FCEVs produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants and reduce oil dependence. Fuel cells use hydrogen to propel an electrochemical process for electricity generation and leave behind only water vapor, offering a clean, reliable, quiet, and efficient source of high-quality electric power. 

Solvay is committed to advancing the development and wider commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell technology for transportation and to power other systems that are increasingly reliant on clean hydrogen, such as backup power units. We have made significant investments in Research and Innovation (R&I) to find new applications for our advanced materials and drive greater adoption of hydrogen fuel cell technology in the market. Solvay’s broad offer for polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells is designed to address cost, performance, and durability requirements, from the unit cell, or membrane electrode assembly (MEA), to the fuel cell stack, to balance of plant applications such as air and thermal management systems. 

Top solutions for PEM fuel cells

Solvay’s green hydrogen solutions center on the three main areas of the Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell: the membrane electrode assembly (MEA), the fuel cell stack and the balance of plant. Key solutions include: 

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High-performance materials for PEM fuel cells

For PEM fuel cell systems, Solvay combines a portfolio of advanced materials with our proven application knowledge in manufacturing-oriented design to address requirements in vital applications, such as membrane electrode assemblies, sub-gaskets, endplates, bipolar plates, air management systems and thermal management systems, among others.