The fifth General Assembly of the Fit-4-AMandA consortium took place in February 2019. The meeting was hosted by Uniresearch in Delft, The Netherlands.
FCH 2 JU
This project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 735606. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and Hydrogen Europe and N.ERGHY.
Fit-4-AMandA Experimental machine system ready for shipment to Proton Motor
After several weeks of intensive commissioning and functional testing, the experimental machine system for fuel cell stack assembly is now ready for relocation from the plant manufacturer Aumann Limbach-Oberfrohna GmbH to the stack manufacturer Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH.
The focus of the work done during the recent past was the testing of all functional assemblies and thus technologies for the assembly of the seal-on MEAs and the fuel cell stacks. A special challenge was the system for the automatic provision of components. These are supplied on a carrier in a type-specific stackbox.
The highly adhesive GDLs need intermediate non adhesive layers. In the machine the GDLs have separated. The GDL is handled under the camera for position measurement. The separating layer is dropped. The result of the optimization is an improved intermediate layer in terms of rigidity and flatness. Read more...
Are we chasing the right horse?
Following the presentation of Thomas Wannemacher (Proton Motor) during the Manufacturing workshop organised by the INSPIRE team in Marseille, a debate started on the topic of the usefulness of graphite-polymer bipolar plates. According to some, metallic bipolar plates are a clear winner due to their superior electric conductivity, mechanical properties, ease of mass manufacture and the smaller cell pitch. Furthermore, due to the fast processes the capability of producing very high volumes in appropriate short time is given, combined with a potential of moderate production costs. Others refer to the still developing coating systems needed to keep the corrosion processes under wraps. Certainly, Proton Motor has to have a good reason to stay with the graphite-polymer alternative.
To provide some perspective, there are two obvious routes in the exploitation of fuel cells: low current density operation leveraging the high efficiency and ensuring endurance when compared to conventional power sources and high current and power density capability requested by the automotive industry to sever the umbilical cord to oil and meet the stringent yet sorely needed targets imposed on CO2 emissions. While the entire fuel cell industry will surely benefit from the pursuit of ever higher power densities at lower catalyst loading, there are many areas with more conservative needs.
In the Fit-4-AMandA project, UPS expect that the delivery vans will last considerably longer that the 6000-hour mark requested in the recent Horizon 2020 calls. Given the nature of operation, light-commercial vehicles post a much higher mileage than their passenger counterpart. A UPS package logistics van can reach up to 50.000km per year and remains much longer in service. Operating as a range extender, the dynamic load shifts and start-stop cycles are covered by the battery packs, which are kept at the optimum state of charge by the fuel cell, Read more...
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