Bosch and Italian specialized company OMB Saleri have signed a partnership that will allow Bosch to have in its own portfolio also key components such as tank valves and pressure regulators. These components are supposed to equip hydrogen tanks for mobile on-road applications. In fact, Bosch expects one in eight new commercial vehicles to be powered by fuel cells by 2030.
Bosch and OMB Saleri: an engineering partnership for hydrogen tanks
From 2021 to 2024, Bosch plans to invest around 600 million euros in mobile fuel-cell applications and a further 400 million euros in stationary ones for the generation of electricity and heat. The portfolio for vehicles ranges from individual sensors to core components such as the electric air compressor and the stack to the complete fuel-cell module.
According to the official press release, the newly-signed agreement has been defined as “an engineering partnership” for enhancing joint development and allowing for high-volume production. “In the drive to achieve climate neutrality, hydrogen will be an important building block in the future powertrain mix”, said Uwe Gackstatter, president of the Bosch Powertrain Solutions division. “Together with OMB Saleri, we are making H2 tank components ready for volume production”.
Components for hydrogen refueling at competitive prices
The collaboration between Bosch and OMB Saleri, whose HQs are located in Brescia (Northern Italy), includes a licensing and engineering agreement for several products relating to hydrogen storage solutions at pressures of 350 bar and 700 bar. Joint simultaneous engineering teams are now further developing the existing products and optimizing them for volume production. The two companies’ goal is to leverage economies of scale and offer components for hydrogen refueling solutions at competitive prices.
OMB Saleri is considered one of the primary specialists in components for hydrogen storage solutions. As a partner, Bosch will benefit from its engineering expertise, a modern H2 test infrastructure and testing stations, and components that have already proved their worth in initial applications. In return, Bosch will contribute its experience in the commercialization of innovative products as well as a global development and manufacturing network for large volumes.