German companies combine their hydrogen expertise

Munich. A consortium of three German companies is offering automakers a one-stop shop for producing and testing hydrogen powered vehicles.

Hydrogen specialist Linde, together with FEV Motorentechnik and TUEV Automotive have formed a joint venture called Hydrogen Advanced Testing (HAT).

HAT offers a complete range of hydrogen products.

Daniel Hielscher, hydrogen safety expert at TUEV Automotive, said HAT could cover everything from the construction of test stands to supplying infrastructure and complete safety management.

HAT is seeking customers all over the world that need its expertise.

The company is currently in negotiations with a European vehicle manufacturer and is also talking to Japanese automakers.

FEV's role in the joint venture is process analysis, instrumentation choice, automation and control systems and repair and servicing.

Linde is responsible for supplying hydrogen, hydrogen tanks, gas supply concepts and training.

TUEV Automotive's areas of responsibility are safety concepts, licensing procedures and risk analysis.

HAT's first joint project was the opening of the engine and drivetrain test center in Garching, Munich in November 2002. The center's clients can use three hydrogen engine test stands and a device for four-wheel drivetrains.

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