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25.11.2019   16:11

ALBIS: Starting signal for compounds in fuel cell applications

Hamburg, 27.11.2019 - ALBIS has developed plastic solutions for fuel cell applications. These are currently being validated in projects with well-known OEMs and include products from the established brands ALTECH®, ALFATER® XL TPV, TEDUR® L PPS and ALCOM®. They can be adapted to customer-specific requirements.

Battery-powered cars are currently being introduced to the market on a large scale, such as the VW I.D., AUDI e-tron, BMW i3, Opel Ampera-E and Mercedes EQC models.

There is no doubt that CO2 emissions can be reduced while driving with these vehicles, provided the energy comes from renewable sources.

However, this technology poses a number of challenges that need to be addressed: The challenges are the procurement of resources, the maximum range per load and the associated duration of loading times.

Ian Mills, member of the ALBIS Management board and head of the Compounding business: "Hybrid solutions which combine battery and fuel cell are a promising solution here".

The operation of fuel cell systems requires the use of numerous materials, including metals, plastics and sealing materials. These are used both for the fuel cell core itself, the so-called "stack", and in the hydrogen, oxygen and air supply as well as in the cooling circuit. It is also used in components such as pumps, valves, compressors, pipes and connectors.

Schematic structure of a fuel cell system

Pollutants, such as volatile components or ions, can contribute to the degradation of the fuel cell through emissions and thus to the reduction of its service life and performance, e.g. by changing the surfaces of the "bipolar plates". These volatile components can migrate from the materials used in the individual assemblies of the fuel cell.

"However, the production of a fuel cell system from completely emission-free components is almost impossible due to the large number of individual parts and attachments," explains Thies Wrobel, Business Development Manager Automotive. "Therefore, the materials used must be carefully examined for emissions."

Equally important is that these qualified materials are produced in consistent quality, i.e. reproducible, with the same raw materials and in a clean production environment.

Against this background and in cooperation with OEMs, ALBIS has developed materials according to their criteria. These were then included in the basic tests for cooling systems and air supply.

These included polypropylene compounds from the ALTECH® PP portfolio with 20%, 40% and 50% glass fibres, PPS compounds from the TEDUR® L portfolio with 30% and 40% glass fibres + 15% PTFE (e.g. for plain bearing applications) as well as ALFATER® TPV, a peroxidically cross-linked thermoplastic vulcanizate with comparable properties to elastomer/rubber in Shore A 60 & 70 hardness (for sealing applications).

In the future, further compounds will be tested in ALBIS's laboratory on a specially installed test set-up.

Your contact person for compounds in fuel cell applications:

Thies Wrobel

Business Development Manager Automotive

Mobile +49 171 333 25 75



Lennart Meyer

Specialist Communication & PR

+49 40 78105-523 +49 40 78105-523


ALBIS profile in brief

ALBIS PLASTIC is one of the leading globally operating companies in the distribution and compounding of technical thermoplastics and thermoplastic elastomers. In addition to the product portfolio of well-known plastic manufacturers, ALBIS offers the plastic processing industry a diverse product range of high performance plastics, compound solutions and masterbatches. In 2018, the ALBIS Group, which has more than 1400 employees, achieved sales of 1.1 billion EUR. With 26 locations worldwide, the Hamburg based company is strongly represented in Europe with a growing presence in North Africa, the Asia Pacific and the Americas. At five German locations as well as in Duncan, South Carolina (USA) and Changshu (China), ALBIS produces compounds and masterbatches, in part specializing in high-quality recycled compounds and green materials. All sites are certified according to the IATF 16949 or ISO 9001 Standard. In 2019, ALBIS was certified according to European Corporate Social Responsibility standards by rating specialist EcoVadis.

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