On 15 March 2017, the kick-off meeting of the EU-funded project Fit-4-Amanda took place at Proton Motor Fuel Cell´s Puchheim location. We are very pleased that within this project we are able to contribute our know-how in the field of fuel cells as technical coordinators and thereby making a further valuable contribution to the future viability of the industry.

The project title Fit-4-AMandA refers to Fit for Automatic Manufacturing and Assembly. The project is funded by FCH-JU, a joint undertaking of the European Union which supports hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. The project will have a duration of 36 months.

During the project new manufacturing technologies specific to the PEMFC stack production processes, advancing beyond state of the art equipment and tools, will be developed. Established industry best practices on production and quality will be analysed and transposed to the manufacturing of PEMFC components and stacks. New QA strategies relevant for the transport sector will be proposed and assessed.

In the scope of this project, the fuel cell system leveraging the components produced through the automated manufacturing process will be tested under real-word operating conditions of a light commercial vehicle, however these products are also viable in other mobile applications including heavy-duty buses, trucks, forklifts, auxiliary power units, etc.  as well as maritime and stationary applications including prime power and uninterruptible power supply.

Project Partner Function
EWII Supplier of MEAs and Bipolar plates
USK Karl Utz Sondermaschinen GmbH Manufacturer of automated production machinery
Technische Universität Chemnitz/ALF Implementation of in-line test equipment
Fraunhofer IWU Assessment of automated production techniques
Uniresearch B.V. EU project management expert
UPS Light vehicle fleet operator, testing