Johnson Matthey: A Significant Step Forward for Fuel Cell Technology

Johnson Matthey (JM/GB), as part of leading European consortium GAIA, has helped deliver a fuel cell power density of 1,8 W/cm2 at 0,6 V. This represents a 20 % increase versus state-of-the-art technology. This market-leading result marks a significant step forward for fuel cell technology and JM’s net zero aspirations.

Working alongside BMW, Freudenberg, 3M and others, JM has been instrumental in delivering this step-change, supplying critical components within the fuel cell stack – the Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEAs). This milestone is a further example of how JM is applying its heritage in fuel cell technology to help the world become cleaner and healthier, today and for future generations. The increased power density will lower overall stack cost, in turn helping to advance the commercialisation of fuel cell powered vehicles. This helps with the decarbonization of the entire transport sector, meaning light duty vehicles such as passenger cars, as well as HGVs and trucks, contribute zero emissions.The GAIA project, which started in January 2019 and will run for 3,5 years, aims to develop and bring together advanced critical Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell components, integrated into a fuel cell that is capable of delivering the most challenging performance, cost and durability targets required for large-scale automotive fuel cell commercialisation.


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