Proton deploys new stack manufacturing robot to increase fuel cell production

Jun 25, 2019

A designer, developer and producer of fuel cells and fuel cell electric hybrid systems with a zero carbon footprint, Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH, based in Puchheim near Munich, announced that it has taken delivery of a stack manufacturing robot which will allow it to increase the production capacity to 5,000 fuel cell units per annum.

The manufacturing robot, a historic milestone for the almost 20 years old company, relating to the project “Fit-4-AMandA” (Fit for Automatic Manufacturing and Assembly) was financed by the “European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking” (FCH JU) agency. 

 

Proton Motor was one of five professional bodies that took part in the development and rigorous testing programme in order to perfect performance and manufacturing capacity of the robot.
In order to meet the further increasing demand in the coming years, the fuel cell specialist has worked with the robot manufacturer to develop further production capacity. By slightly changing the layout of the machine, the capacity can be increased up to 30,000 stack units per annum.

 

Helmut Gierse, Chairman Proton Motor, said: “We are delighted with this important development in the company´s progress as it contributes greatly to manufacturing ability and puts Proton Motor in a commanding position to receive larger quantity orders before the end of 2020.”

 

The company is ready with its “Gen4” stack module and the modular, standardised fuel cell to cope with the expected demand in this partially world saving industry. This contribution to the industry will serve mobile applications (buses, trucks etc.), stationary applications (power generation, standby & continuous power) and maritime (yachts, ships).

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