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Future European Fuel Cell Technology: Fit for Automatic Manufacturing and Assembly


Public report on manufacturing robotic system for stack components

Summary of the achieved optimisation results on manufacture of LT PEMFC MEAs and BPPs.

Public report on manufacturing machine system for the automatic assembly of fuel cell stacks for stack components

Status report to the final project results with technical and commercial aspects usable in the discussion with potential customers that are searching for automatic assembly equipment for fuel cell stacks.

Fixing of the specifications of the ‘to-be-developed’ stacks, stack components and manufacturing systems

Overall technology and business report in fields of fuel cell technologies in transport sector. A review of BPP material (metal vs. Graphical) will be provide as well as economical and technical demands of fuel cell manufacturing systems.

Project website, including Project templates (reports, presentations, logo), database for Dissemination (stakeholders, interest groups, contact details)

To create adoption and positive public awareness through the website and optionally through campaigns directed at social media. Publications of non-confidential Results will be done in the usual scientific form (e.g. scientific journals, conference proceedings, project website).

Evaluation of dissemination, activities and related impact

A comprehensive collection of electronic newsletters throughout the project time-line, and all other dissemination activities, including the targeted audience.

Public report on Fast inline quality assurance test protocols

TUC will release a public version of deliverable 5.3, which will be modified to avoid the disclosure of confidential information. The report will contain a selected set of results (agreed upon by all involved partners) to demonstrate the capabilities of the developed quality assurence methods to the public.

Public report on Comparison of the implemented methods to their standard lab-based counterparts

The newly developed fast inline quality assurance methods will be compared to their in-lab alternatives on a selected set of results to illustrate the speed and reliability to the public.

Analysis on the supportive technology for optimized manufacturability vs stack performance

A pre-selection of relevant present stacks. Report of advantageous manufacturing technologies and strategies, considering stack the performance.

Specification for mass manufacturing machine

The specification for mass manufacturing machine will consist of description To-Be; description of interfaces; Machine Requirements in general, reliability, maintenance and risks; along with the acceptance criteria.

Performance requirements are elaborated from the vehicle

Work out /know our technical requirements in detail for standard FC operation and need for special demands UPS automotive fleet small package city operation , find ways of seamlessly integration to reduce costs.

Report on optimised strategies for market and production based on costumer feedback

Workshops to inform interested transport OEMs and potential users. Fuel cell technology network and customers feedback.

Publishable report on analysis BPP process

Publishable report on analysis of manufacturing advanced manufacturing technologies and strategies of metallic BBP, including a comparison to the common graphitic BBP process.

Dissemination plan

The comprehensive dissemination plan will complement the exploitation plan. The plan contains communication measures, activities and tools following the European Commission guide Communicating EU Research and Innovation – A guide for project participants.


A comprehensive comparison of state-of-the-art manufacturing methods for fuel cell bipolar plates including anticipated future industry trends

Author(s): S. Porstmann, T. Wannemacher, W.-G. Drossel
Published in: Journal of Manufacturing Processes, Issue 60, 2020, Page(s) 366-383, ISSN 1526-6125
Publisher: Elsevier BV
DOI: 10.1016/j.jmapro.2020.10.041

Overcoming the Challenges for a Mass Manufacturing Machine for the Assembly of PEMFC Stacks

Author(s): Porstmann, Wannemacher, Richter
Published in: Machines, Issue 7/4, 2019, Page(s) 66, ISSN 2075-1702
Publisher: MDPI
DOI: 10.3390/machines7040066

Fit-4-AMandA – Stack robot delivered;

Author(s): Sebastian Porstmann, Fraunhofer-Institut für Werkzeugmaschinen und Umformtechnik IWU, Chemnitz Dr. Martin Biák, Technische Universität Chemnitz
Published in: H2-international, 2019, ISSN 2367-3931
Publisher: H2-international e-journal

Analysis of manufacturing processes for metallic and composite bipolar plates.

Author(s): Sebastian Porstmann, Allan C. Petersen and Thomas Wannemacher.
Published in: 2019
Publisher: Fuel Cell Conference FC³

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