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Bosch has expanded its product portfolio for mobile hydrogen applications with components for hydrogen tank systems such as tank valves or pressure regulators. For this purpose, Bosch entered into an engineering partnership with the Italian specialist OMB Saleri in which the products are jointly further developed.


Pressure regulator and tank valves for hydrogen tanks

In the drive to achieve climate neutrality, hydrogen will be an important building block in the future powertrain mix. Together with OMB Saleri, we are making H2 tank components ready for volume production.

—Dr. Uwe Gackstatter, president of the Bosch Powertrain Solutions division

Bosch expects that by 2030, around one in eight newly registered commercial vehicles worldwide will be powered by a fuel cell. Bosch and OMB Saleri hope that the partnership they have now put in place for components for hydrogen refueling systems will expand their market positions in the hydrogen sector.


Pressure regulator and tank valve

Their collaboration includes a licensing and engineering agreement for several products relating to hydrogen storage solutions at pressures of 350 bar and 700 bar. Joint simultaneous engineering teams are now further developing the existing products and optimizing them for volume production. The two companies’ goal is to leverage economies of scale and offer components for hydrogen refueling solutions at competitive prices.

OMB Saleri, based in Brescia in northern Italy, is considered one of the world’s leading specialists in components for hydrogen storage solutions. As a partner, Bosch will benefit from its engineering expertise, a modern hydrogen test infrastructure and testing stations, and components that have already proved their worth in initial applications. In return, Bosch will contribute its experience in the commercialization of innovative products as well as a global development and manufacturing network for large volumes.

Bosch is making considerable upfront investments in the hydrogen area. From 2021 to 2024, the company plans to invest around €600 million in mobile fuel-cell applications and a further €400 million in stationary ones for the generation of electricity and heat. The portfolio for vehicles ranges from individual sensors to core components such as the electric air compressor and the stack to the complete fuel-cell module.



"Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are immune to snow-bound traffic, they suffer no ill effects from the cold or range, and performance remains unaffected. Additionally, they deliver minimum carbon emissions, even better than battery-based electric vehicles. These qualities make hydrogen a profitable fuel option for transportation and electricity-generation applications.
The future competition for hydrogen-based fuel cells comes from battery-based energy storage systems. China is a leading producer of Li-ion batteries and a global market driver for future lithium-based battery technology because of its large lithium reserves.
However, these batteries have some shortcomings, which include high capital cost, short lifetime, and a limited storage capacity with gradual degradation of service life over time. Additionally, it is not proven to be a viable solution for China’s plan for large-scale storage of renewable energy." -- Susha Cheriyedath
Let's say it again: Batteries, no matter how good or cheap they might get, will still need to be charged. But where? There’s no grid capacity to do that. We can't even keep the lights on with what's plugged in already.



"Additionally, they deliver minimum carbon emissions, even better than battery-based electric vehicles."

"Let's say it again: Batteries, no matter how good or cheap they might get, will still need to be charged. But where? There’s no grid capacity to do that."

Where does the hydrogen come from? If it is not fossil fuel based, it must from electrolysis unless you have somehow have high enough temperature (950 + deg C) for thermo-chemical processes. The problem is that green hydrogen takes several times the energy that it takes to charge batteries. If there is no grid capacity to charge batteries, there is certainly no grid capacity to make hydrogen.

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