Tuesday, February 11, 2020

FrenchTech: "Hyundai opts for Faurecia systems for fuel cell trucks"

Hydrogen baby.
From electrive, February 6:
Faurecia has just received a major order from Hyundai for hydrogen storage systems for fuel cell vehicles. The French company will supply the entire system including 10,000 tanks for the 1,600 H2 trucks that Hyundai plans to launch on the Swiss market.

The systems will be manufactured at Faurecia’s hydrogen tank competence centre in Bavans, France. According to an announcement by the company, delivery is to take place from 2021 over a period of four years. “The technology for fuel cell electric vehicles will become increasingly important in the next ten to 15 years, especially for commercial vehicles,” comments Faurecia CEO Patrick Koller on the major order. His company is investing considerable resources in optimizing technology and creating an industry-leading ecosystem.

With this contract award, Faurecia becomes part of a large-scale H2 project: Hyundai plans to bring a total of 1,600 units of a fuel cell truck to the Swiss market by 2025. The first 50 Hyundai H2 XCIENTs are to be delivered to Switzerland this year. The Hyundai H2 XCIENT has been developed in accordance with European truck guidelines. The fuel cell system, which uses two 95-kW stacks connected in parallel, has a total output of 190 kW. Also on board: seven high-pressure hydrogen tanks, which provide a storage capacity of almost 35 kg of the volatile gas. This means that each fuelling process should be able to hold hydrogen for a range of around 400 kilometres.....

We are still waiting for more detail on the Michelin - Faurecia joint venture, Symbio.
December 23: 
Hydrogen: Michelin—Faurecia Joint Venture To Establish Europe's Largest Fuel Cell Plant in Lyon
From New Mobility News:
In March next year, French automotive suppliers Michelin and Faurecia are laying the first foundation stone of what has to become ‘Europe’s biggest factory for fuel cells’ near Lyon. With their joint-venture Symbio, they want to catch 25% of the world market by 2030, good for 1,5 billion euros turnover.

More details about the new factory and its exact location aren’t revealed yet. But the plans are ambitious, as Michelin and Faurecia envision two more factories, one in Asia, and one in the US.
Today, Symbio is based in Grenoble (France), where it employs around 200 people. As a start, Michelin and Faurecia injected 140 million euros in the development of a new generation of fuel cells on hydrogen....MORE
January 9 
Meanwhile in France: "Hydrogène: Symbio choisit la métropole de Lyon pour implanter son usine de production"
I know we posted on this in December with "Hydrogen: Michelin—Faurecia Joint Venture To Establish Europe's Largest Fuel Cell Plant in Lyon" but I don't think we communicated what a big deal this is. So here's La Tribune December 19:
Symbio, la nouvelle co-entreprise Michelin-Faurecia, va implanter son usine de production de piles à hydrogène sur le territoire de la métropole de Lyon. Si le lieu précis n'est pas encore dévoilé, l'entreprise indique qu'elle lancera les travaux dès le mois de mars 2020. 
Quelques mois avec son acquisition par l'alliance Michelin-Faurecia, Symbio poursuit son ambition de devenir "le leader mondial de la mobilité hydrogène".
Pour y répondre, Symbio annonce, confirmant les propos de Florent Menegaux lors de sa visite sur le site des Gravanches à Clermont-Ferrand, qu'elle a choisi d'implanter sa première usine de production de piles à hydrogène pour véhicules électriques sur le territoire de la Métropole de Lyon.
"Il s'agit de la plus grande usine de production en Europe. Elle aura une capacité de 200 000 unités par an en 2030", précise Symbio dans son communiqué.
Si le lieu est acté, l'entreprise ne dévoilera son implantation précise que le 10 mars prochain lors de la pose de la première pierre.
"Le dossier est en voie de finalisation," indique-t-on du côté de Symbio.
Soutiens institutionnels Cette implantation est soutenue par les équipes de la métropole de Lyon et l'Aderly, mais aussi par la région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes et son agence économique, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Entreprises.
Elles ont apporté leurs expertises en matière "d'identification du foncier, des besoins d'aménagement ou l'approvisionnement en hydrogène de la future usine", selon la métropole de Lyon....
.... Un Peu Plus  

Michelin just release their numbers (Feb. 10) but did not have a mention of the J.V. in the press release.