SGL Carbon and the Hyundai Motor Group have reportedly agreed to extend their existing supply agreement for fuel cell components.

The companies now plan to ramp-up current production and delivery volumes of gas diffusion layers (GDL) for Hyundai’s NEXO fuel cell car. According to the company, GDLs are typically designed as a bilayer structure consisting of a macro-porous backing material (carbon fiber paper support) and a micro-porous, carbon-based layer.

‘Whether used in a drive system in vehicles or as a stationary power supply, the fuel cell is one of the greenest energy technologies around,’ said Dr Michael Majerus, spokesperson at SGL Carbon.  ‘The market for fuel cells thus offers enormous potential for us.’

SGL says that it plans to more than quintuple its business with fuel cell components to annual sales of approximately €100 million and transfer its GDL business from its R&D department Central Innovation to its graphite materials and systems business unit.

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