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New fuel cell joint venture created

Daimler Truck and Volvo has formed a joint venture with MAHLE to cooperate in the development of fuel cell technology.

cellcentric, the new 50:50 venture, will seek to develop innovative solutions in fuel cell technology for use in heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

cellcentric’s chief executive Matthias Jurytko said the venture has the intention to become a world leading manufacturer of fuel cells.

“Our fuel cell is explicitly designed for use in heavy trucks,” he said. “Accordingly, it meets the high-quality requirements of the automotive industry and the relevant standards.

“With MAHLE, we have a partner at our side that has decades of experience as an automotive supplier as well as broad expertise in fuel cell peripherals.”

The cooperation focuses on the development and series production of the system component flat membrane humidifier.

Among other things, the innovation improves the durability of the fuel cell and thus ensures a longer service life.

The flat membrane humidifier is to be used both in fuel cell systems for commercial vehicles and in stationary systems, such as emergency power generators.

Matthias Jurytko, cellcentric and Martin Wellhöffer, MAHLE Group.