Fuel Cell Manufacturing Systems Technology
Office of Automotive Engineering

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SwRI developed a pilot-scale manufacturing system for catalyzing practical quantities of PEM fuel cell electrode material under a Department of Energy-sponsored program.

Fuel cell manufacturing is still in its infancy, with most systems being produced individually. Fuel cell production entails numerous challenges to the manufacturer, including critical handling issues, contaminant-free environment, and precise component assembly. Effective commercialization of fuel cells requires an efficient, high-volume manufacturing process with high accuracy, repeatability, and good quality control. Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has a proven reputation in employing a multidisciplinary engineering approach to develop system solutions.

Fuel Cell Manufacturing System Development

SwRI conducts a wide range of manufacturing system development programs for a variety of industrial and government clients. Emphasizing process simplification and practical application of technology, engineers work toward four key objectives:

  • Improving resource utilization
  • Simplifying operational procedures
  • Minimizing process variability
  • Improving product producibility

Fuel Cell Manufacturing Services

Using a proven structural approach to system development, engineers offer a wide variety of services, including:

  • Feasibility studies
  • Technology assessments
  • System definitions of functions, operations, hardware and software
  • Special equipment specification
  • Detailed hardware design and fabrication
  • Turnkey system and facility development
  • System integration
  • Evaluation and testing
  • Control and user interface development
  • Operator training
  • Maintenance planning and onsite support

Related Terminology

fuel cell systems  •  fuel processors  •  fuel storage  •  fuel cell manufacturing  •  fuel cell production  •  fuel cell evaluation and testing  •  feasibility studies  •  material sciences

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