Fuel Cell Components

Automotive, stationary and industrial applications require highly efficient energy conversion solutions. Fuel cell manufacturers have to ensure excellent quality while addressing high troughput specifications and finally maximizing the uptime of the manufacturing equipment. Process monitoring and quality control is required for manufacturing of:

  • Catalyst coated membrane (CCM)
  • Gas diffusion layer (GDL)
  • Gas diffusion electrode (GDE)
  • Membrane electrode assembly (MEA)
  • Bipolar half plates
  • Bipolar plates (BPP)

Testing

  • Sheet resistance
  • Conductivity
  • Thickness
  • Homogeneity
  • Area weight
  • Drying status
  • Areal capacity
  • Catalyst loading
  • Porosity

Applications

  • Molding process control
  • Deposition process control
  • Decal transfer control
  • Calandering process control
  • Drying status control
  • Quality control

Substrates

  • Graphite
  • Carbon
  • Stainless steel
  • Membranes
  • Meshes
  • Fluoropolymers

Processes

  • S2S
  • R2R

Environment

  • In-situ and ex-situ
  • In-vacuo and ex-vacuo
  • Wet and dry
  • Inline and offline

Materials

  • Inks
  • Pastes
  • Graphite
  • Amorphous Carbon
  • Catalysts
    • Platinum
    • Cobalt

Types

  • Alkaline fuel cells (AFC)
  • Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEM)
  • Direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC)
  • Phosphoric acid fuel cell (PAFC)
  • Molten carbonate fuel cells (MCFC)
  • Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC)

For characterization of molding, deposition, calandering and drying processes in fuel cell manufacturing SURAGUS refers to the following solutions:

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