PSA Peugeot Citroen and French Atomic Energy Commission show fuel cell stack
By Mike Hanlon
January 9, 2006
January 10, 2006 PSA Peugeot Citroen and the CEA (Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique, the French Atomic Energy Commission) unveiled the GENEPAC fuel cell stack yesterday. Developed jointly by PSA Peugeot Citroen and the CEA, the new stack delivers world-class performance and power density. The partners' goal was to design and build a compact, modular, efficient fuel cell stack with a rating of up to 80 kW (107 bhp) and compatible with the technical automotive requirements. Both Peugeot and Citroen have been developing concept cars using fuel cell technology for almost a decade, and the development of the GENEPAC brings several of these fantastic vehicles (most notably the Peugeot Quark which is one of our most popular stories) closer to realization.
Jean-Martin Folz, CEO of PSA Peugeot Citroen and Alain Bugat, Chairman of the CEA unveiled the GENEPAC at an event attended by Gilles de Robien, French Minister of National Education, Higher Education and Research.
To explore this promising technology, PSA Peugeot Citroen has built its own research facilities at its Research Centre in Carrières-sous-Poissy, France. Inaugurated yesterday, the new centre is dedicated to fuel cells, their integration into vehicles, and their related technologies. Due to the high development cost of this technology, the Group is committed to the long-term, gradual integration of fuel cell technology into cars, with an initial focus on urban delivery vehicle fleets. In line with this commitment, PSA Peugeot Citroen is developing an innovative electric vehicle concept equipped with a range extender consisting of a hydrogen-powered fuel cell.
To design, develop and produce the GENEPAC fuel cell stack, the CEA used specifications prepared by PSA Peugeot Citroen and leveraged close to ten years' experience in the field. As the only French research organisation working on the entire hydrogen chain - from production and storage to regulations and transportation applications - the CEA conducts research into the mechanisms that affect performance, ageing and deterioration of fuel cells in order to develop innovative technologies, further demonstrating its strong commitment to new energy technologies.
Just for the records, GENEPAC stands for GENérateur Electrique à Pile A Combustible which in English means "Fuel Cell Electricity Generator."