Germany launches fuel cell fabrication lab

Germany’s Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) announced the introducing of HyFaB– a research fabrication lab or ‘fab’ for hydrogen and fuel cells.

According to ZSW, the concept is to develop an open industry platform to look into automatic production and quality guarantee procedures, factory approval testing and the commissioning of fuel-cell stacks at the 3,600-square-metre center that will be integrated in the city of Ulm.

HyFab is to be an open industry platform to check out automatic production and quality control procedures, factory acceptance testing and the commissioning of fuel-cell stacks

The HyFaB is the only center of its kind in Germany and it is expected to be up and running in early 2022. It was likewise developed as a training centre to qualify knowledgeable employees and learn more about industrial applications.

“HyFaB is open to partners. The automobile industry, fuel-cell vendors, and mechanical and plant engineering companies are really welcome,” ZSW said in a media release.

“Fuel cells are still made largely by hand rather on industrial assembly lines. The HyFaB research factory is going to guide and accelerate the transition from small-scale to mass manufacturing.”

The facility will concentrate on scalable component production procedures that are ideal for assembly lines and on fuel-cell stack making processes.

Besides having the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Freiburg as a partner in science, the HyFaB got EUR10.5 million in financing from the state of Baden-Württemberg, where Ulm lies.

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