The news that Honda is developing a new hydrogen car is a significant landmark in the move towards a hydrogen infrastructure. The 2024 edition of the Honda CR-V SUV will be fitted with twin H2 Tanks at the rear.
Initially said to be going on sale in North America and Japan next year, the hydrogen Honda is set to be powered by a fuel cell system co-developed with GM. As well as the two H2 tanks the SUV will feature an intelligent power unit, and a drive unit and fuel cell system mounted towards the front.
So why is this important? The fact is that it reflects the growing demand for hydrogen passenger vehicles and, therefore, for hydrogen refueling stations.
This move by Honda shows the car maker’s confidence in the hydrogen economy. The more H2 vehicles on the road, the more refueling stations needed. While it has previously been a ‘chicken and egg’ situation there can be no doubt that vehicle availability and fuel availability are set to grow in parallel.
The more refueling stations installed, the more hydrogen pressure vessels required. And this is where FIBA Technologies comes in.
Manufacturers of storage (and transportation) hydrogen pressure vessels play a vital role in delivering the ability for industry and the public to be able to move themselves and goods around using the clean and efficient fuel.
Which is why at FIBA the commitment to increase manufacturing capacity to ensure it can deliver the in-demand hydrogen pressure vessels is front and centre in the company’s business strategy.
FIBA’s investment in design remains strong, with a view to making the vessels themselves more efficient through greater capacity. This is to be expected from the first vessel manufacturer in the world to design and develop a 15,000 psi ASME storage vessel for hydrogen.
Capital investment in leading edge production equipment is also in place at FIBA, where the most modern manufacturing techniques will ensure that the demand is met with the highest standard of product.
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