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Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) Solutions


Powering tomorrow’s breakthroughs in PEM fuel cells.

As environmental sustainability becomes a defining factor in designing the vehicles of the future, industry and consumer interest in automotive electrification has continued to grow. One of the most promising avenues for achieving zero-emission vehicles is the rise of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells.

PEM fuel cells offer high power density to maximize the efficient use of hydrogen that powers the cells – without emitting any CO2 during operation. To help automotive OEMs achieve higher performance with good durability, PEM fuel cell and membrane manufacturers are turning to material suppliers for state-of-the-art solutions.

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Advanced materials for FCEV applications

3M provides solutions for efficient production and enhanced performance at every layer of the electric vehicle fuel cell (FCEV). They include 3M™ Ionomers for higher energy output, smaller stacks and lower system costs. They can also be used in electrolyzers to produce hydrogen for fuel cells. Our coating materials provide effective water management of gas diffusion layers. And our gasket solutions extend fuel cell life while streamlining fuel cell assembly.

Explore how 3M can help you optimize the manufacture of hydrogen fuel cells for electric vehicles.

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Solutions for fuel cell stack

  • 1. Proton exchange membrane (PEM)

    3M™ Ionomers are designed to deliver increased proton conductivity, with the potential to achieve higher energy output with a smaller fuel cell stack.

  • 2. Electrode catalyst layer

    In electrode ink formulations, 3M™ Ionomers may potentially allow a reduction in the amount of expensive platinum catalyst – which in turn could help reduce total system cost.

  • 3. Gas diffusion layer (GDL)

    3M offers hydrophobic PTFE dispersions for coating the gas diffusion layer providing improved water management to ensure efficient fuel cell operation

  • 4. Seals

    3M fluoroelastomers for fuel cells have outstanding hydrogen permeation resistance and includes an ultra low viscosity polymer which has excellent flow properties for molding complex shapes like seals for bipolar plates.

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