Power technology company Intelligent Energy is to lead a pan-European research programme that will explore the commercialisation of fuel cells for the automotive industry.
Known as DIGIMAN, the €3.5m scheme is supported by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) – under the Horizon 2020 programme – which is investigating zero emissions vehicles.
Intelligent Energy is the programme’s technology lead and overall co-ordination will be provided by French group CEA Tech-Liten.
Other members of the consortium include, Freudenberg Performance Materials SE&Co, WMG at the University of Warwick, and Toyota Motor Europe.
Richard Peart, head of manufacturing at Intelligent Energy, said: “Hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles are available now, but to continue to drive customer adoption we need to ensure future fuel cell stacks are robustly industrialised and remain cost competitive in the future.”
Group chief executive Martin Bloom added: “As the adoption of hydrogen technologies continues to gather pace, Intelligent Energy is ideally placed to be the technical lead on this programme.”