SGL Group and HYUNDAI MOTOR GROUP expand cooperation in fuel-cell components

SGL Carbon's SIGRACET Gas Diffusion Layer

SGL Carbon's SIGRACET® Gas Diffusion Layer

At a glance

  • SGL Group supplies gas diffusion layers for NEXO fuel-cell vehicle
  • Production capacity increased at the Meitingen site

In the context of e-cars, the spotlight is usually on battery-driven sets that will continue to drive growth in the area of lithium-ion batteries. SGL Group has been active there for a long time. Another variant of electromobility is currently not so much in focus, but also a growing market: fuel-cell cars that use hydrogen as fuel. Many automotive manufacturers are working intensively on this technology, including HYUNDAI MOTOR GROUP, one of the top three most advanced producers in this area.

In the field of fuel cells, the two companies now have extended their long-standing collaborative efforts and signed a supply contract. SGL Group will deliver SIGRACET® gas diffusion layers for the fuel cell to HYUNDAI MOTOR COMPANY for its new NEXO model.

Dr. Tilo Hauke, Head of Central Innovation at SGL Group: “We are excited to extend our partnership with Hyundai – our years of developmental work is now paying off. For us, this is also a major step in shaping the key technology topics of our time, including mobility and new energies.”

The fuel cell is one of the most environmentally friendly future technologies in the field of energy technology. The only waste product following the reaction is water, H2O, which can be discharged in the form of steam. After leading the way with its iX35 fuel-call car in 2012, now Hyundai has optimized its hydrogen-powered drive with its NEXO model, a zero-emissions vehicle. The official launch of the serial production was in March of this year.

Last year, SGL Group increased its production capacities at its Meitingen location in Germany by commissioning another sintering furnace. To continue playing a key role in the research and development of fuel cells, SGL Group is also an active development partner in the EU-funded “INSPIRE” project.

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