Researchers make major advancement for fuel cell vehiclesMarch 28, 2018
Sunrise Power develops new fuel cell modules
Researchers from China’s Sunrise Power have made a major breakthrough with fuel cell technology. The research team has developed fuel cell modules that have more than 5,000 hours of durability. These fuel cell modules are designed to be used by vehicles. The new technology could help improve the performance of fuel cell vehicles and make them more attractive to consumers. Sunrise Power is also developing new fuel cell modules that have a higher power density and are less expensive than those currently available.
New modules are highly durable and reliable
The new fuel cell modules can be active at less than negative 10 degrees Celsius and are highly stable. Researchers note that the modules boast of high performance capabilities and are very reliable. Notably, these modules have already been applied to some test fuel cell vehicles in operation in China. If commercialized, the new technology could have a major impact on the future of fuel cell vehicles and how automakers fuel hydrogen as an environmentally friendly alternative to batteries.
Fuel cell vehicles are gaining traction
Fuel cell vehicles have been gaining more popularity in recent years. Many of the world’s largest automakers have developed their own cars equipped with hydrogen fuel cells, but consumers have been slow to embrace these vehicles. Compared to battery electrics, those equipped with fuel cells are more expensive and lack comprehensive infrastructure support. Fuel cell vehicles are more efficient and boast of higher performance, however. New fuel cell technology could help these vehicles overcome some of their challenges, which may make them more attractive to consumers.
Advanced technology could secure the success of fuel cell vehicles in China and beyond
China has become the world’s largest clean transportation market. Many cities have taken an aggressive stance concerning air pollution and are beginning to show greater support for those embracing clean vehicles. Fuel cell vehicles have yet to establish a significant foothold in the country, but companies focused on improving fuel cell technology could help change this in the coming years.