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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.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/fuel cell

Call for proposal

H2020-JTI-FCH-2017-1
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Funding Scheme

FCH2-RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET CHEMNITZ
Address
Strasse Der Nationen 62
09111 Chemnitz
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 866 817,50

Participants (6)

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MODENA E REGGIO EMILIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 351 417,50
Address
Via Universita 4
41121 Modena
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 947,50
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
JOHNSON MATTHEY FUEL CELLS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 700 071
Address
Farringdon Street 25
EC4A 4AB London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SYSTEM SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 364 500
Address
Via Ghiarola Vecchia, 73
41042 Fiorano Modenese
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
INEA INFORMATIZACIJA ENERGETIKA AVTOMATIZACIJA DOO
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 256 000
Address
Stegne 11
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
NEDSTACK FUEL CELL TECHNOLOGY BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 401 062,50
Address
Westervoortsedijk 73 Gebouw 533
6827 AV Arnhem
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)