Research project devises large-series production line for fuel cells

Research project devises large-series production line for fuel cells

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

In the research project INLINE, the WBK Institute for Production Engineering, a subdivision of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, is now investigating how a flexible process can look like for the commercial large-scale production of fuel cells. Together with companies Profactor, Fronius, Elring Klinger and OMB Saleri, engineers design a production line that can handle up to 50,000 fuel cell units per year. Flexible assembly stations enable the gradual transition from manual assembly to automated processes.

For the project, WBK is developing a concept for scaling up the modular assembly of the fuel cell in order to react flexibly to fluctuating quantities and minimize the risk of investment. In addition, the scientists are developing the in-line metrology, which collects data during the assembly process that contribute to process control and quality assurance. Through simulation models the partners can analyze and evaluate different designs of the production line as well as production scenarios.

The EU is funding the project with 3.2 million euros from the Horizon 2020 program.

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