Forvia, a global leader in automotive technology, has announced the opening of its first mass production plant for Type IV hydrogen tanks in Allenjoie, France. The plant is the first of its kind in Europe and North America, and is expected to produce 100,000 tanks annually.
Type IV hydrogen tanks are the most advanced type of hydrogen tank available, and are able to store more hydrogen at a higher pressure than other types of tanks. This makes them ideal for use in fuel cell vehicles and other hydrogen-powered applications.
The Allenjoie plant is engineered with sustainability at its core, and has received the “BREEAM Excellent” certification for its environmental performance. The plant is powered by renewable energy, and uses a variety of other sustainable practices, such as water recycling and waste reduction.
Forvia has invested more than €380 million in hydrogen technology development since 2018, and the opening of the Allenjoie plant is a major milestone in the company’s hydrogen strategy. Forvia says that it is committed to mass producing hydrogen tanks and making them more affordable for customers.
The opening of Forvia’s Allenjoie plant is a significant development for the hydrogen industry. It is the first mass production plant for Type IV hydrogen tanks in Europe and North America, and will help to reduce the cost of hydrogen tanks and make them more accessible to customers.
Forvia is committed to mass producing hydrogen tanks and making them more affordable for customers, but it remains to be seen how quickly the company can achieve this goal. The lack of hydrogen refueling infrastructure is also a barrier to the adoption of hydrogen-powered vehicles. However, the opening of the Allenjoie plant is a significant step forward for the hydrogen industry, and could help to accelerate the adoption of hydrogen as a clean energy source.