Kia Corporation, Hyundai Motor Company and W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) have agreed to jointly develop polymer electrolyte membranes (PEM) for hydrogen fuel cell systems. The collaboration will cover key development aspects with the aim of creating a future-oriented PEM for the next generation of fuel cell commercial vehicles. PEM technology plays a crucial role in the performance and longevity of a fuel cell system.
The companies have been working together on fuel cells for over 15 years. Building on this, the partnership that has now been agreed will focus on the joint development of an optimum fuel cell system for commercial vehicles, with a focus on increasing performance and service life. By combining Gore’s pioneering PEM technology with Kia and Hyundai’s extensive fuel cell expertise, the advanced membrane technology will be integrated into next-generation fuel cell systems for commercial vehicles as well as passenger cars and non-automotive applications.