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Dana showcasing fuel cell technology for public transportation systems at Hannover Messe

Dana Incorporated is applying its fuel cell expertise to designing and manufacturing composite and metallic bipolar plates for public transportation systems, such as eBus and hydrail applications. Developing and validating fuel-cell component solutions for emerging, environmentally friendly public transportation vehicles is another milestone in Dana’s efforts to enable the commercialization of fuel-cell applications.

Dana’s fuel-cell technologies and capabilities will be on display at Hannover Messe 2019, April 1-5 in Hannover, Germany.

Featuring integrated seals, Dana’s composite bipolar plate assemblies provide a reliable, high-performing, and cost-effective solution for efficient fuel-cell stacks.


The bipolar plate assemblies play an important role in a fuel-cell stack’s operation, working to evenly distribute hydrogen and air, conduct electrical current from cell to cell, and remove heat from the active area while preventing leakage of gases and water.

In addition, because there are hundreds to thousands of plates in large fuel-cell system—enough to power a train—they play an important role in system volume, weight, and cost. Through Dana’s flexible manufacturing process, the durable composite plates can be customized to meet the individual needs and requirements of each customer.

In addition to composite bipolar plates, Dana designs and manufactures metallic bipolar plates, another critical component for enhancing the performance of fuel-cell powered vehicles.

Manufactured with Dana’s patented integrated sealing technology and in-line conductive coating, the company’s ultra-thin metallic bipolar plates deliver superior power density, reliability, and durability, the company says.

Likewise, Dana’s plate manufacturing, which utilizes high-precision, high-speed stamping and sophisticated laser welding, aids in its ability to streamline production and offer customers a cost-effective product.

In addition to supplying its reliable bipolar plates to numerous customers, Dana has leveraged its fuel cell expertise to contribute to critical industry projects that are shaping the future of the fuel-cell market.

Dana is a member of the Autostack Industry (previously Autostack CORE) project, which is a joint initiative of the German automotive and supply industries and aims to provide the technical, economic, and technological basis for the commercial introduction of fuel cell vehicles in Germany and Europe by 2020. Dana is also a member of INSPIRE, a public-private partnership supporting research, technological development, and demonstration in fuel cell and hydrogen energy sectors in Europe.



No doubt that Dana's FC mass produced components will lead to improved, lower cost and higher performances, FCs for cars, trucks, buses and trains in the near future.

Future e-planes and fixed power generation units may also benefit.


Mass produced FCs will not happen in the near term. There are about 300 public H2 stations today and that may double in the next 3-4 years but no one has committed to mass production of FCEVs in that time frame. In order for mass production to become a reality we would need a major breakthrough now. When they have a major breakthrough or a minor one with FCs they will surely let us know. At that point significant increases in production will be at least a few years off. Until then fans will have to be satisfied with the six hand built Mirais per day.


FC range extenders for delivery trucks is a good application.


The interest in FCs appears to be driven largely by subsidies. Unfortunately FC development has been focused wrongly on road vehicles when the development funding should be directed toward aircraft and ships.



Even, where I live, SLC, UT, delivery trucks rarely drive more than 100 miles. A battery electric delivery truck is much more cost effective and can be charged overnight. You do not need the added expense of fuel cells and hydrogen. Also, 10C batteries are in development, so you can potentially charge the battery in 6 minutes or less.


To convert current, heavy over sized, extended range ICEVs to equivalent all weather extended range BEVs, requires a lot of very costly ($30K for 120+ KW) batteries.

Recharging those large battery packs in 6 minutes requires special costly charging facilities.

Equivalent all weather FCEVs will become competitive when clean H2 is available at around $3.50/Kg and will refill in about 5 minutes.


“BEVs, requires a lot of very costly ($30K for 120+ KW) batteries.”

You are using industry average pack pricing circa 2016. Your 120 kWh IAPP for 2019 will be below $18,000 and below $15k sometime next year.

Your point that batteries are expensive is still valid but you have to realize that cost is a moving target. Follow the bouncing ball and you can see by 2023 ICEVs will have a real problem.


".. eBus and hydrail applications.."
Buses could use FC range extenders as well.


No doubt that the cost of batteries, FCs, H2, REs with continue to go down.

REs are already competitive with NPPs, CPPs and NGPPs and the next generation (by 2025 or so) will seriously start to dislodge and progressively replace most current power plants. Our environment will benefit.

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