Concentric receives a development contract from a global OEM for a high voltage electric coolant pump in a fuel cell application
Publish Date: 19/04/2022
Concentric AB has received a new development contract to supply electric coolant pumps for a fuel cell application. The customer, a global truck, bus and construction OEM, will use our e-pumps for cooling the fuel cells on a range of vehicles.
Fuel cells will be one of the key technology enablers for zero emissions on-highway vehicles and off-highway machines. Fuel cells give similar power density to internal combustion engines and as such will be suitable for high power and long range applications.
The electric coolant pump has the following key benefits:
- Enables the use of high voltage supply, eliminating the need for a low voltage DC converter;
- Robust design which includes a wet rotor eliminating the possibility of a dynamic seal failure;
- Long service life aided by liquid cooled electronics and DC brushless design giving service life >50,000 hours;
- Integrated diagnostics and utilising sensors for temperature and pressure; and
- Compact and low noise characteristics.
Cooling fuel cells requires the use of special coolants, which are aggressive to many metals. Concentric’s engineers have developed the e-pump to be able to pump these special fluids without reducing the durability of the product or service life.
Martin Kunz, President and CEO of Concentric AB commented: “This new agreement is another innovation milestone in the development of Concentric’s e-pumps. We already supply e-pumps to many global OEMs for their hybrid and battery electric vehicles, this important contract will enable the development of a high voltage pump in the expected growth area of fuel cells.”
Concentric AB is an innovator in flow control and fluid power, supplying proprietary systems and components to the world’s truck, agricultural machinery, construction equipment and industrial applications end-markets. The company has a global manufacturing presence including in the UK, USA, Germany, Sweden, India and China. Concentric’s focus is to develop world class technology with innovative solutions that meet the sustainability needs of our customers. Concentric offers engine products including lubricant, coolant and fuel pumps, hydraulic products encompassing gear pumps and power packs, and finally several key technologies for the fast growing market for electrical and hybrid powertrains. In 2021, The Group had a turnover of MSEK 2,115 and circa 1,100 employees. At the end of October 2021, The Group acquired Engineered Machined Products, Inc. ("EMP"), a leading US producer of electric and mechanical water and oil pumps, electric fans, thermal management systems and precision machined components. In 2021, EMP had over 400 employees and a turnover of SEK 1,011 million. Including EMP for the whole year 2021, Concentric would have had a combined turnover of SEK 2,958 million.