Cost reduction in fuel battery systems has

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Three companies (FuMA-Tech GmbH, SGL Technologies, CEAG AG) and two research institutes (Forschungszentrum Julich and ZSW) have been working closely since June 2003 on the development of low-cost fuel cell systems. According to the 3 years of the project supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labor (BMWA), they should be able to put on the market competitive energy production units.

In the first half of the project, new materials have already been successfully developed and processes for manufacturing membranes and bipolar plates for fuel cells have been tried out. The second half of the project will concentrate on reducing production costs, in particular through savings in materials and simplification of systems.
Des nouveaux materiaux graphitiques developpes par l’entreprise SGL Technologies GmbH ont ete experimentes en cooperation etroite. Ceux-ci ont ete fabriques en respectant les normes des fabricants de « stacks » de piles a combustible et integres avec succes.
Thin-film special membranes for increasing the efficiency of polymer membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) have also been manufactured by FuMA-Tech. These membranes have been cut for use with direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC), thereby reducing material costs while
improving battery performance.
Sur la base de ces nouveaux materiaux, des nouvelles unites optimisees ont ete fabriquees et des nouvelles structures de « stacks » ont ete developpes et experimentes dans les centres de recherche.

- Dr. Bernd Bauer - FuMA Tech GmbH - tel: + 49 6894 9265 0 -
- Dr. Norbert Berg - SGL Technologies - tel: + 49 8271 83 2458 -
- Dr. Alexander Dyck - CEAG AG - tel: + 49 2532 87 501 -
- Dr. Ludwig Jorissen - ZSW - tel: + 49 731 9530 609 -
- Dr. Hendrik Dohle - Forschungszentrum Julich FZJ - Phone: + 49 2461 61 6884
Sources: Depeche IDW, Press release of the research center
Julich, 13 / 12 / 2004
Editor: Nicolas Condette,


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