Canada-Germany Workshop “Fuel Cell Component Quality”


Date(s) – 19/09/2018 – 21/09/2018

Fraunhofer ISE
Heidenhofstr. 2.
79110 Freiburg

Delegates from Fit-4-AMandA consortium:
Dr. Martin Biák (TUC), André Köcher (PM), Thomas Wannemacher (PM)

The National Research Council of Canada and the Embassy of Canada to Germany organized the workshop on quality assurance of fuel-cell components in collaboration with Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy ISE.

The quality control of fuel-cell component is a rising issue and there is no consensus among the fuel-cell manufacturers of what properties of the fuel-cell component should be watched during the production. The workshop aimed mainly on finding a common ground and coming up with possible ideas for projects that would deal with the issue more thoroughly. After a short introductory round, representatives from the industry, research institutions, sponsoring groups and policy makers took part in a discussion panel, where the participants of the workshop had an opportunity to ask questions concerning topics such as scaling up the production, already implemented quality assurance, and strategies of in-line quality control. Afterwards, the participants divided into two groups focused of two major fuel-cell components: bipolar plates and membrane-electrode assembly. Results of discussions from both groups were then presented so the conclusions could be drawn.

Representatives of the Fit-4-AMandA consortium participated in both group discussions trying to identify the key issues of quality assurance of fuel-cell components and discuss testing strategies. Moreover, they promoted the Fit-4-AMandA project, distributed several flyers, and gathered experience and feedback.

Follow-up workshop will be held in Canada in 2019.

Figure 1: A group photo of the workshop participants (source: Fraunhofer ISE).



















Figure 2: On the left, representatives of the Fit-4-AMandA consortium at the Canada-Germany Workshop “Fuel Cell Component Quality”; on the right, promotion material of participants. aadhar card, sup and uidai