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Mass Manufacture of MEAs Using High Speed Deposition Processes

Objective

The market for PEM fuel cells will increase to 10’s GWs per annum from 2025. For the catalyst coated membrane (CCM), a critical stack component, continuous manufacturing processes are currently being implemented by manufacturers worldwide. Whilst these will meet CCM demand for the next 10 years, the growing requirement for increased numbers of CCMs thereafter necessitates a manufacturing step-change, both in terms of cost and capacity. MAMA-MEA will address this by assembling a consortium with extensive knowledge and expertise both of fuel cell technology and manufacturing in the digital coating and printed electronic industry, to develop the highly innovative concept of an additive layer manufacturing (ALM) process for the edge-sealed CCM. The key CCM components (anode and cathode catalyst layers, ion-conducting membrane and edge seals) will be deposited with high precision and speed, one component layer on top of the other, and just in the areas of the CCM where they are required for functionality. Preliminary one-off prototypes have established the feasibility of the approach, and patent applications have been filed. MAMA-MEA will develop this innovative ALM process from MRL3 to MRL 6, by integrating the CCM components in to a single continuous roll-to-roll manufacturing process and validating the sealed CCMs in two full-size stationary application PEM fuel cell stacks. A key project objective will be an increase in the manufacturing rate of over 10 times compared to the state-of-the-art process, whilst also increasing material utilisation to 99%, and the product quality, and thus yield, to over 95%. Overall, sealed CCM direct materials and manufacturing costs will be reduced by up to 58% in the new CCMs. The project will also conduct comprehensive ex-situ characterisation and in-situ fuel cell performance and durability testing and provide an engineering design of an ALM sealed CCM production line, including quality control methodologies.

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET CHEMNITZ
Net EU contribution
€ 794 667,89
Address
Strasse Der Nationen 62
09111 Chemnitz
Germany

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Region
Sachsen Chemnitz Chemnitz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 794 667,89

Participants (6)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MODENA E REGGIO EMILIA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 348 277,43
Address
Via Universita 4
41121 Modena

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Region
Nord-Est Emilia-Romagna Modena
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 348 277,43
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 260 000,00
Address
Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

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Region
Bayern Oberbayern München, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 260 000,00
JOHNSON MATTHEY HYDROGEN TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 796 894,65
Address
Farringdon Street 25
EC4A 4AB London

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Region
London Inner London — West Camden and City of London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 796 894,65
SYSTEM SPA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 319 500,00
Address
Via Ghiarola Vecchia, 73
41042 Fiorano Modenese

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Region
Nord-Est Emilia-Romagna Modena
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 319 500,00
INEA INFORMATIZACIJA ENERGETIKA AVTOMATIZACIJA DOO
Slovenia
Net EU contribution
€ 269 413,53
Address
Stegne 11
1000 Ljubljana

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Slovenija Zahodna Slovenija Osrednjeslovenska
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 269 413,53
NEDSTACK FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGY BV
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 401 062,50
Address
Westervoortsedijk 73 Gebouw 533
6827 AV Arnhem

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Oost-Nederland Gelderland Arnhem/Nijmegen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 401 062,50