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April 28, 2021

Electric Air Compressor Development to Meet Future PEM Fuel Cell Needs

On April 28, Garrett will discuss during a dedicated webinar the major design requirements of air compressors for Proton-Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells, and the key technologies and approaches that Garrett is developing in order to meet these requirements.

Garrett is an automotive technology leader, serving vehicle manufacturers worldwide for more than 65 years. Garrett’s cutting-edge technology enables vehicles to become safer, more connected, efficient and environmentally friendly. The company’s broad portfolio of gas and diesel turbocharging applications, electric boosting technologies and automotive software solutions empowers the transportation industry to redefine and further advance motion.



5 key takeaways of the webinar

  • Electric air compressor performance is critical to the proper functioning of a PEM fuel cell system;
  • Garrett leverages strong synergies in aerodynamics and bearing design from our turbocharger business to address core performance and durability challenges in fuel cell compressors;
  • Motor and inverter design expertise Garrett has developed for electric boosting programs is directly applicable to fuel cell air compressors;
  • Garrett has adopted a modular and platform-based design approach to cover a wide range of applications with high product design synergies;
  • Garrett is implementing a robust cost-down roadmap to help make PEM fuel cell more cost effective as volumes are increased;




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