In a significant boost to its hydrogen strategy, Rheinmetall has secured two new orders for fuel cell components, including cathode flaps and shut-off valves, worth a substantial amount in the mid-two-digit million-euro range.
The orders, placed by North American customers, highlight the growing market potential for hydrogen components and further strengthen Rheinmetall’s position in alternative drive technologies. With successful valve samples already developed, full-scale production is set to begin in 2024 and 2026. The company’s participation in Germany’s national hydrogen initiative underscores its commitment to driving the adoption of hydrogen-based solutions in various industries.
The fuel cell components ordered from Rheinmetall play a crucial role in regulating air mass flows and achieving high-sealing shut-off for fuel cells. Designed to meet stringent specifications, these components are suited for fuel cell modules with a power output range of 100-150 kW. The flap systems, featuring integrated electronics, demonstrate impressive operating times of up to 12,000 hours, while ongoing development aims to extend the service life to a minimum of 30,000 hours for use in commercial vehicles, trains, marine engines, and stationary applications.
As a Tier 1 supplier, Rheinmetall will directly deliver high-volume components to its customers, with spare parts available on demand. To meet the increasing demand, the company plans to expand its production capacity at existing facilities in North America, in addition to the large-scale production already planned at its Berlin location.
The new orders reflect Rheinmetall’s success in developing forward-looking solutions in collaboration with customers and its commitment to supporting the transition from traditional internal combustion engines to alternative drive systems. With a growing portfolio of customers and ongoing collaboration with Germany’s Hydrogen Innovation and Technology Centre, Rheinmetall is well-positioned to contribute to the advancement of hydrogen technology and the efficient utilization of fuel cells.