GM & Honda Partner for Hydrogen Fuel Plant - Smart Energy Decisions

Distributed Energy Resources, Industrial, Sourcing Renewables  -  January 29, 2024

GM & Honda Partner for Hydrogen Fuel Plant

GM and Honda announced the start of production at their 50-50 joint venture production facility, Fuel Cell System Manufacturing LLC (FCSM), for the commercialization of hydrogen fuel cell systems. 

FCSM is the first large-scale manufacturing joint venture to build fuel cells and was established in Brownstown, Michigan in January 2017, based on a joint investment of $85 million. 

The 70,000-square-foot facility and hydrogen power solutions built at FCSM will be used by both companies in various product applications and business ventures.

"This is a historic day for the industry as GM and Honda are the first full fuel cell system manufacturing joint venture to begin volume production of fuel cells for transportation and beyond," said FCSM president Suheb Haq in a statement. "We begin the process with raw materials for membrane and electrode all the way through completed systems. Ongoing investment and commitment by both companies is driving our success at FCSM. This commitment aligns with our mission of making high quality, durable and affordable hydrogen fuel cell systems for a wide range of applications and customers."

Honda and GM engineers focused on lowering development and manufacturing costs by leveraging economies of scale, advancing the cell design, simplifying supporting auxiliary equipment, utilizing common sourcing, and reducing the use of costly precious metals.

Through this collaboration, the new fuel cell systems will be one-third less expensive to make when compared to the cost of the fuel cell system in the 2019 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell.

Both the GM and Honda engineering teams, as well as the companies' relevant intellectual property and expertise have been integrated at FCSM to create affordable, commercially viable hydrogen fuel cell systems that can be utilized in a variety of zero-emissions propulsion and energy management applications. 

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