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DAM Group Secures Funding from ADAME for the Development and Production of a Universal Cell Voltage Monitor (CVM) for Fuel Cells

By September 16, 2020 3   min read  (472 words)

September 16, 2020 |

The development of “clean mobility” is at the heart of the energy transition, DAM Group is actively involved in the industrialization of the hydrogen sector.

With 35 years of experience in the design and manufacture of test benches and complex systems, DAM Group sets out to conquer the hydrogen market with one main objective: the industrialization and acceleration of the adoption of competitive and universal hydrogen systems to benefit the energy transition for the transport sector.

A major challenge: optimizing a strategic component of a fuel cell system
The search for funding has been a crucial step in the development of the product.

After being supported and accredited by CARA, the competitiveness hub and Cluster Automobile of the Auvergne Rhône Alpes region, it was finally from the ADEME that DAM Group obtained significant funding for the implementation of the project.

With the aim of providing state-of-the-art solutions to its customers, this funding will enable DAM Group to continue its efforts to develop a Cell Voltage Monitor (CVM), a universal connector that enables the monitoring and diagnosis of the bipolar plates that make up the stack.

A first series will be developed for production benches and, in a second stage, production will be aimed at manufacturers’ all series vehicles.

Embedded regardless of the stack mounted in the vehicle, this CVM is described as universal and meets a wide range of needs.

The main objectives set by management are:

  • Making a reliable and innovative product that meets current and future needs
  • The construction of a production line within 1 to 2 years
  • Production of more than 200,000/years parts within 10 years

Towards the development of innovative hydrogen technologies
This project is the result of numerous exchanges between customers, partners and other players in the sector (Hydrogen Europe, AFHYPAC) involved in these issues of standardization and cost reduction and is part of the development of hydrogen technologies already well established (sealing test of plates and stacks, packaging and test end of stack line, test station of high pressure lines).

This development marks an important milestone for the Group, which for the past three months has had the opportunity to invest in the creation of “mass-produced products” thanks in particular to the ordering of a By-Pass valve for stack pack for a major player in the hydrogen sector.

F-Cell Stuttgart 29-30 September 2020
DAM Group will present its latest innovations in hydrogen systems at the F-Cell Stuttgart show on the 29th and 30th September on stand 46.

About DAM Group
For 35 years, DAM Group has been designing turnkey test and measurement solutions for the automotive, aerospace and automotive industries. Dam Group’s experience and expertise in instrumentation and software, electronics, automation and mechanical engineering enables DAM Group to offer state-of-the-art custom instruments, as well as complete manufacturing and testing lines. The Group has 60 employees and is based in France and China.

 

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