In the UK, key components will be produced for the production of hydrogen fuel cells for automobiles

In the UK, key components will be produced for the production of hydrogen fuel cells for automobiles

The London company Johnson Matthey has started construction of a plant for mass production of key components of hydrogen fuel cells. The plant will be built in Royston. The plant will be operational in early 2024.

The John Matthey plant in Royston will produce polymeric electrolytic membranes that are part of the proton exchange membrane family. In fuel cells, they block the passage of gases — oxygen and hydrogen — in the anode and cathode areas, although the ions freely penetrate through them. In fact, proton exchange membranes are essential elements of fuel cells without which nothing will work.

According to British experts, the demand for hydrogen fuel cells in the UK will reach 10 GW and 14 GW by 2035 by 2030. The last figure means that 140,000 cars will be required every year. Obviously, this is not a passenger transport. This is also emphasized by Johnson Matthey. It is expected that the main consumers of fuel cells will be freight and other heavy-duty equipment.

"Liam Condon, CEO of Johnson Matthey, "the hydrogen fuel cell cars release only water vapour and warm air, making them friendly environments.

In addition, Johnson Matthey received an unnamed portion of the plant's construction fund from the Automobile Industries Transformation Foundation of the Advanced Engines Centre under a financing programme aimed at large-scale industrialization in Great Britain.