Fallback Friday Story: Parker Announces Start of Operating New Test Rig, a Major Milestone for Fuel Cell Technology

By October 6, 2023 2   min read  (423 words)

October 6, 2023 |

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Stuttgart / Mainz Germany– Parker Hannifin’s Filtration business has reached a major milestone on the journey towards mass production of hollow fibre membrane technology for fuel cell humidification applications, a vital step towards reducing carbon emissions.

By enabling optimal moisture levels, hollow fibre membrane technology allows fuel cells to last longer and to perform more efficiently and reliably. It supports the transition from fossil fuels, accelerating the shift to fuel cell electrical vehicles in the next five years.

Parker announced the successful completion of the specialized test rig which is to validate products by Parker OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) customers. This new technology enable Parker to test the membrane technology in ways that are much more advanced and aids to develop robust system solutions for fuel cell. It was produced in partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute for Microengineering and Microsystems (IMM), a Germany-based non-profit for scientific research.

Burkhard Hartmann, R&D Officer at Parker’s Engine Mobile Filtration Europe (EMFE) Division, said: “The results speak for themselves: This has been an outstanding collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute. It moves us all towards better, more efficient, more reliable fuel cell electrical vehicles, a vital step towards a cleaner, better tomorrow.”

Dr. Gunther Kolb, Representative from the Fraunhofer Institute for Microengineering and Microsystems, said: “Fuel cell technology is key to reduce emissions worldwide. The partners are confident that the hollow fibre membrane technology will be further improved, the service life of the fuel cell humidifiers will be extended, and their efficiency will be increased for the customers.”

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About Parker Hannifin

Parker Hannifin is a Fortune 250 global leader in motion and control technologies. For more than a century, the company has been enabling engineering breakthroughs that lead to a better tomorrow. Learn more at or @parkerhannifin.

About Fraunhofer

The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, based in Germany, is the world’s leading applied research organization. Prioritizing key future-relevant technologies and commercializing its findings in business and industry, it plays a major role in the innovation process. A trailblazer and trendsetter in innovative developments and research excellence, it is helping shape our society and our future. Founded in 1949, it currently operates 76 institutes and research units throughout Germany. Over 30,000 employees, predominantly scientists and engineers, work with an annual research budget of €2.9 billion. Fraunhofer generates €2.5 billion of this from contract research.



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