About the Article

This article, authored by Simon Cleghorn, Global Product Specialist at W. L. Gore & Associates, discusses the challenges and opportunities surrounding PEMFCs in heavy-duty applications. The heavy-duty sector, comprising only 10% of vehicles but contributing over 25% of carbon emissions, demands high power density and extended range capabilities. As the industry faces more stringent CO² standards, the need for clean energy alternatives becomes imperative.

Proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) have emerged as a transformative solution, particularly evident in light-duty vehicles (LDV). However, the focus is now shifting to heavy-duty transportation, where PEMFC's unique capabilities present an unprecedented opportunity for reducing carbon emissions.

Crucially, Simon also explores the direct impact of Gore's PEM technology on the total cost of ownership (TCO) for fuel cell systems. Over decades of innovation and advanced material development, Gore has engineered thinner and stronger membranes with unparalleled durability and power density. The unique reinforcement structure and successive generations of additive technologies address critical challenges in heavy-duty applications, such as extended lifetime expectations, increased power output demands, and higher operating temperatures. These advancements in PEMs translate to not only higher power output but also greater fuel efficiency and a prolonged lifetime, resulting in effective mitigation of both capital and operating costs.

As the industry faces unprecedented challenges, this article underscores the critical importance of cutting-edge PEM technology in achieving sustainable and efficient fuel cell solutions.

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