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Design of a flexible, scalable, high quality production line for PEMFC manufacturing

PROJECTS
Funding
European
European Union
Duration
-
Status
Complete
Geo-spatial type
Other
Total project cost
€3 286 069
EU Contribution
€3 286 069
Project Acronym
INLINE
STRIA Roadmaps
Transport electrification (ELT)
Low-emission alternative energy for transport (ALT)
Transport mode
Road icon
Transport policies
Safety/Security
Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Freight transport

Overview

Call for proposal
H2020-JTI-FCH-2016-1
Link to CORDIS
Objectives

The INLINE project aims to solve the key challenge to enable the implementation of a scalable manufacturing process for fuel cell systems. Current manufacturing processes rely on manual work that has substantial limits in terms of cycle times, costs and scalability.

Developments will start with the re-design and optimization of two key components: the media supply unit and the tank valve regulator. Both are components that are currently difficult to manufacture and are perceived as bottlenecks in the production process.

Based on these new designs, an integrated production line will be planned using simulation tools. These tools will enable the evaluation of different layouts, part flow strategies and for different production scenarios.

In terms of manufacturing tools, the end of line test will be improved to reduce cycle times by a factor of 3 and assistance systems for assembly stations will be developed that will enable scalability by reducing the need for training of workers.

The overall target is to reduce the cycle time for production of a whole fuel cell system from 15 hours to less than 2.5 hours. Data gathering and analysis methods will be developed to enable the tracking of parts through the production line and - through a correlation of process and quality data - the continuous improvement of the production process.

Demonstration of the end of line test and the assistance system will be done in hardware. The whole production line will be evaluated using a simulation tool that has been verified on the current production process. A set of engineering samples of the re-designed tank valve regulator and the media supply unit will be produced and used for tests of the integrated fuel cells and for assessment of the whole production process. A potential of 250 new jobs in manufacturing of fuel cells and for production of the key components will be generated by the project.

Funding

Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Public institution
Institution Name
European Commission
Type of funding
Public (EU)
Specific funding programme
H2020-EU.3.4.6.1.

Partners

Lead Organisation
Organisation
Profactor Gmbh
Address
Im Stadgut A2, 4407 STEYR-GLEINK, Austria
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€619 195
Partner Organisations
Organisation
Omb Saleri Spa
Address
VIA ROSE DI SOTTO 38/C, 25126 BRESCIA, Italy
EU Contribution
€506 756
Organisation
Omb Saleri Spa
Address
VIA ROSE DI SOTTO 38/C, 25126 BRESCIA, Italy
EU Contribution
€582 500
Organisation
Karlsruher Institut Fuer Technologie
Address
Kaiserstrasse, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€10 799 441
Organisation
Karlsruher Institut Fuer Technologie
Address
Kaiserstrasse, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€522 886
Organisation
Fronius International Gmbh
Address
Vorchdorfer Strasse 40, 4643 Pettenbach, Austria
EU Contribution
€746 322
Organisation
Fronius International Gmbh
Address
Vorchdorfer Strasse 40, 4643 Pettenbach, Austria
EU Contribution
€1 032 500
Organisation
Elringklinger Ag
Address
MAX EYTH STRASSE 2, 72581 DETTINGEN AN DER ERMS, Germany
EU Contribution
€3 992 625
Organisation
Elringklinger Ag
Address
MAX EYTH STRASSE 2, 72581 DETTINGEN AN DER ERMS, Germany
EU Contribution
€528 988

Technologies

Technology Theme
Fuel cells and hydrogen fuel
Technology
Development of new Fuel Cells and Hydrogen (FCH) technologies
Development phase
Validation

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