As visitors to the event will see, the high strength and formability of Outokumpu’s new Forta H-Series offers exciting possibilities to help car and bus designers create stronger and lighter structures that boost energy efficiency and increase crash safety. Potentially, the weight of a bus might be cut by 1,000 kg. The heat protection properties of the material are ideal for electric vehicle batteries, while its non-magnetic nature helps build highly efficient electric motors.
Outokumpu adds that stainless steel is also set to play a vital role in the growing hydrogen economy – which is seen as the fuel of the future. It will enable the mass production of the bipolar plates at the heart of fuel cell stacks, as well as vital elements such as the tank and piping that holds the hydrogen fuel under pressure.