Cevotec will showcase a sneak preview of its new Fiber Patch Placement production system at JEC World 2023

Cevotec’s approach of reinforcing the dome areas of composite tanks using Fiber Patch Placement (FPP) technology has already caused a stir among the industry. The industrial solution saves up to 15 % fiber material and cost which also results in a significantly improved CO2 footprint per tank. After successful prototype projects, Cevotec now expands its cevoLab in Unterhaching near Munich with a dedicated production system that will be available for customer projects from autumn 2023 onwards.

Cevotec will showcase a sneak preview of its new Fiber Patch Placement production system at JEC World 2023

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Despite the rise of hydrogen-powered electric vehicles, in particular for long-haul transport, the industry is facing the challenge to efficiently and safely store hydrogen (H2) in the vehicle. Hydrogen is typically stored in type IV composite pressure vessels; however, the high operating pressure requires a significant amount of carbon fiber for the vessel. With up to 700 bar nominal pressure, one tank consumes up to 10 kg of carbon fiber for every 1 kg of hydrogen stored. The carbon fibers of a high-pressure vessel typically represent more than 50% of the total cost of such storage system.

Dome reinforcements for composite tanks with FPP technology

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Cevotec has developed an industrial solution to reduce the amount of carbon fibers by locally reinforcing the dome areas of the pressure vessel. Fiber Patch Placement is the first technology to lay-up dome reinforcements directly onto the liner using a fully automated, industrial process which can be combined with established wet or tow winding equipment. This approach reduces net fiber consumption by approx. 15%, depending on the vessel type, which translates into considerable material cost savings while maintaining equivalent mechanical properties. Due to the material reduction, the reinforced tanks have more storage volume available at the same built space. In short: Using FPP results in a better product with a significant lower CO2 footprint and a very positive business case for manufacturers.

Cevotec is currently developing and assembling a dedicated FPP production system for dome reinforcements in their lab in Unterhaching near Munich. This SAMBA Pro PV system will be available for commercial prototyping and development with customers in autumn 2023. “We are pleased about the high interest of tank manufacturers worldwide in our solution, and I’m really looking forward to the commissioning of the first SAMBA Pro PV in our lab this year.”, says Thorsten Groene, CEO and Co-founder at Cevotec. “At JEC World in May, we will showcase a sneak preview of that new FPP production system.”

For the first time, Cevotec share a booth with their partner GFM GmbH. Michael Kralowetz, President & CEO of GFM, comments: “We are pleased to have a joint booth with Cevotec at this important trade show for composites, and I am confident that we can inspire our customers and visitors with new solutions that our partnership brings along.”

Photo : Composite tank dome reinforcements with Fiber Patch Placement

At JEC World 2023 interested parties are invited to watch a sneak preview at the joint booth of Cevotec and GFM, hall 5, booth N71.

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