The production line at the Hydrogen Energy Co., Ltd. is expected to churn out about 300,000 square meters of the material annually, said a report by Science and Technology Daily.
Powered by hydrogen energy, the hydrogen fuel cells can convert chemical energy into electricity through a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen.
Hydrogen ions produced by the reaction are transported through a proton-exchange membrane. They form a loop with the electrons, thus providing electric current.
The membrane produced by the new production line has a thickness ranging from eight to 20 microns, which has good performance in proton conductivity, gas permeability and mechanical strength, the report said.
Previously, proton-exchange membranes in China were mainly imported. Last year, the Hydrogen Energy Co., Ltd. under the State Power Investment Corporation invested 7 billion yuan (about 1.1 billion U.S. dollars) to develop fuel cell core components, including proton-exchange membrane, in Wuhan.