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Project with Germany’s Kraftwerk Tubes exposed in patent application; system could make production

The Volkswagen Group is co-operating in the development of a new hydrogen fuel cell that could be used for a future production model, a German patent application has revealed.

The patent application, lodged jointly by Volkswagen and German company Kraftwerk Tubes in July 2021 but only recently made public, covers developments made for a hydrogen fuel cell stack and hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that officials suggest could achieve a range of up to 2000km (1243 miles).

Key among the technologies being pursued by Volkswagen and Kraftwerk Tubes is a ceramic membrane.

Described as being cheaper than the polymer membrane used by Hyundai and Toyota, it is considered crucial to the future volume production of hydrogen fuel cells for automotive applications.

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