Hydrogen Power on the road
High pressure fuel tanks require enormous strength. Carbon fiber is an ideal material for this application, but it has been very expensive. Other materials, such as steel, are economical but require greater mass. Steel tanks do not work for vehicles. Steel has severe weight limitations, and a steel tank strong enough to contain high pressure hydrogen would weigh far too much.
CrossLink's tailored carbon fiber and its competitive pricing change the economics of hydrogen-powered vehicles. The very light and very strong tanks now are affordable components and enable enormous expansion of this part of the automotive sector.
A tier one auto industry supplier was manufacturing high pressure hydrogen tanks for an automaker, with first applications being trucks and buses. Alternative materials were considered and rejected because of high weight. The supplier worked with CrossLink to develop carbon fiber with specific properties tailored to meet the automaker's exact needs.
CrossLink has been awarded multiple grants from the National Science Foundation
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