Ionbond Netherlands B.V., a PVD coating service provider that is a member of the IHI Ionbond Group with a global network of coating centers, has joined the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance to accelerate the widespread deployment of fuel cell, electrolyzer and hydrogen technologies.
The European Commission founded the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance as a precursor to its EU Hydrogen Strategy launched in July 2020. The Alliance aims at an ambitious deployment of hydrogen technologies by 2030, bringing together renewable and low-carbon hydrogen production, demand in industry, mobility and other sectors including and hydrogen transmission and distribution. With the alliance the EU wants to build its global leadership in this domain to support the EU’s commitment to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.
Ionbond’s expertise is focused on applying protective coatings for PEM fuel cells and electrolyzers.
The global hydrogen economy is expanding at a fast pace. To support this expansion, the demand for fuel cells and electrolyzers is expanding as well. In order to gain acceptance, fuel cell stacks need to meet some tough requirements. They need to show stable, reliable performance at high demand levels over time. In addition to these performance and durability requirements, they need to achieve acceptable price performance levels.
In a number of applications the Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) stacks are moving from graphite towards the use of titanium and stainless steel bipolar plates. Particularly stainless steel for fuel cells has the right mix of formability, mechanical properties and affordability. The tough electrochemical conditions require improved corrosion resistance of the stainless steel, while maintaining a high electrical conductivity. IHI Ionbond has several coatings in its portfolio to perform that task.
“We are pleased to have joined the Alliance and we seek to contribute to the expanded role of fuel cells and electrolyzers in the decarbonized future, with the development of our innovative coatings portfolio and expertise in coating service production”, says Dr. Ton Hurkmans, CTO of IHI Ionbond Group.