Impact Coatings has signed an agreement with China Hydrogen Energy to be strategic partner and deliver coating technology for high volume production. The agreement includes both coating equipment and consumables to an approximate value of €10 million over the first three years.
Read the full presse release (October 21, 2016)
Impact Coatings’ founder Dr. Henrik Ljungcrantz and the Chairman of China Hydrogen Energy Mr. Deng Qinghua
Impact Coatings has successfully delivered Ceramic MaxPhase™ coatings for fuel cell bipolar plates during development to French company Symbio FCell. The test phase is now over and a new range extender fuel cell is ready to go live in commercial cars. Impact Coatings has received the order for the first production batch.
The Swedish coating technology supplier has acted as a knowledge partner from the beginning of the development. The order from Symbio FCell for the new commercial range extender is a significant step for the business area Fuel Cells within Impact Coatings. The company will supply Ceramic MaxPhase as a coating service on bipolar plates to Symbio FCell. The first production batch consists of a few thousand plates manufactured by Borit in Geel, Belgium.
Ceramic MaxPhase enhances performance and lifetime of metal bipolar plates in fuel cells. The PVD (physical vapor deposition) coating is proven state-of-the-art for both proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) and direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC). Offering a unique combination of low contact resistance, high corrosion resistance, and low cost, it exceeds both performance and cost reduction targets set up by the US Department of Energy.
Symbio FCell products are used both as range extenders for battery powered electric vehicles, and as the main source of power for fuel cell electric vehicles. Typical users today are commercial fleets that depart from and return to the same location, where a hydrogen gas fuel station is placed. One user of Symbio FCell’s technology is La Poste in France, targeting zero-emission and quiet city operation.
For more information, please contact:
Henrik Ljungcrantz (CTO, Impact Coatings AB), Phone: +46-13-35 99 51,
Note: This news was press released in Swedish on October 7 and in English on October 10, 2016.
Varioplast GmbH demonstrates its INSTANTCHROME® integrated production process, including the PlastiCoater™ 200 PVD metallization system from Impact Coatings. The movie is linked from YouTube.
Read more about the production portfolio and innovations from Varioplast at their new webpage, www.varioplast.de.
Meet Impact Coatings at the following fuel cell industry events during 2016:
- FC Expo
Tokyo, March 2-4
- Hydrogen + Fuel Cells + Batteries (HANNOVER MESSE 2016)
Hannover, April 25-29
- f-cell (WORLD OF ENERGY SOLUTIONS)
Stuttgart, October 10-12
Today the automotive industry is driving the development of low weight and high performance PEM fuel cells. Most major car manufacturers prepare for high volume production in the early 2020s.
Metal bipolar plates that enable efficient and durable PEM fuel cells, and can be cost effectively mass-produced, are required for volume production. A high performance coating of the metal bipolar plate is a key factor.
Car manufacturers globally have therefore already chosen the Ceramic MaxPhase™ PVD coating for metal bipolar plates, or work closely with Impact Coatings on process optimization.
Offering a unique combination of low contact resistance, high corrosion resistance, and low cost, the Ceramic MaxPhase coating exceeds both performance and cost targets set up by the US Department of Energy for PEM fuel cells.
Meet us and learn more about Ceramic MaxPhase and PVD volume production solutions for automotive and other fuel cell applications.
FCI and Impact Coatings introduce the first connectors with the eco-friendly Silver MaxPhase™ contact finish, which reduces chemicals in manufacturing as well as cost. The board connectors are now marketed as greener and better solutions in low-cost and volume segments.
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Note: This information was released in Swedish on September 1, 2015.
BergStik® 2.54mm unshrouded headers with Silver MaxPhase™ contact finish.
French company Symbio FCell manufactures fuel cell powertrains and range extenders for cars and commercial vehicles. The producer has chosen the Ceramic MaxPhase™ coating from Impact Coatings for its new fuel cell stack.
Download the full press release (PDF).
Note: This information was released in Swedish on August 20, 2015.
ALP5 5kW Range Extender from Symbio FCell
German company Varioplast GmbH uses Impact Coatings’ PlastiCoater™ PVD equipment for metallization of plastic components. A Plastics News article describes how Varioplast’s INSTANTCHROME inline metal coating process is now used to produce components for the new Volkswagen Passat.
Reed the full Plastics News article here: Varioplast debuts more environmentally friendly options for production (Nov. 18, 2014).