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Title: Emerging Manufacturing Technologies for Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers

Abstract

Fuel cells have emerged as viable solutions in areas such as stationary and backup power systems, material handling equipment (MHE), and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV). Persistent challenges for fuel cells and electrolyzers include high initial cost and the availability of hydrogen infrastructure to support FCEV and MHE fleets. Cost of fuel cells are still high compared to other power generation systems such as diesel and natural gas generators. This, however, can be linked to two facts: first is low production volumes generally and second is emerging manufacturing technologies currently in R&D that need to be scaled up to factory production volumes. This study investigates current manufacturing processes used in production of fuel cells (e.g., spray coating and manual assembly) and emerging manufacturing technologies (e.g., roll-to-roll catalyst coating) to investigate key cost drivers and potential cost reductions in manufacturing of fuel cells and electrolyzers. In particular, we focus on how cost reductions for advance manufacturing technologies may be more significant at scale than existing technologies.

Authors:
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  1. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Fuel Cell Technologies Office (EE-3F)
OSTI Identifier:
1542767
Report Number(s):
NREL/JA-6A20-71351
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Procedia Manufacturing
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 33
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
30 DIRECT ENERGY CONVERSION; cost; electrolyzer; fuel cells; manufacturing

Citation Formats

Mayyas, Ahmad T, and Mann, Margaret K. Emerging Manufacturing Technologies for Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1016/j.promfg.2019.04.063.
Mayyas, Ahmad T, & Mann, Margaret K. Emerging Manufacturing Technologies for Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers. United States. doi:10.1016/j.promfg.2019.04.063.
Mayyas, Ahmad T, and Mann, Margaret K. Wed . "Emerging Manufacturing Technologies for Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers". United States. doi:10.1016/j.promfg.2019.04.063. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1542767.
@article{osti_1542767,
title = {Emerging Manufacturing Technologies for Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers},
author = {Mayyas, Ahmad T and Mann, Margaret K},
abstractNote = {Fuel cells have emerged as viable solutions in areas such as stationary and backup power systems, material handling equipment (MHE), and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV). Persistent challenges for fuel cells and electrolyzers include high initial cost and the availability of hydrogen infrastructure to support FCEV and MHE fleets. Cost of fuel cells are still high compared to other power generation systems such as diesel and natural gas generators. This, however, can be linked to two facts: first is low production volumes generally and second is emerging manufacturing technologies currently in R&D that need to be scaled up to factory production volumes. This study investigates current manufacturing processes used in production of fuel cells (e.g., spray coating and manual assembly) and emerging manufacturing technologies (e.g., roll-to-roll catalyst coating) to investigate key cost drivers and potential cost reductions in manufacturing of fuel cells and electrolyzers. In particular, we focus on how cost reductions for advance manufacturing technologies may be more significant at scale than existing technologies.},
doi = {10.1016/j.promfg.2019.04.063},
journal = {Procedia Manufacturing},
number = ,
volume = 33,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {5}
}