A £600,000 ($818,000) hydrogen electric propulsion systems (HEPS) testbed, based in AMRC Cymru, North Wales, is hoping to accelerate the rollout of green technologies by de-risking the assembly and production scale-up of hydrogen fuel cells.
The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) is behind the project which utilises 4.0 technologies and in-process inspection techniques to ensure the safe and cost-effective production of fuel cells for aerospace, automotive and rail industries.
On the work, Lee Wheeler, Hydrogen Technology Lead at AMRC Cymru, said, “Hydrogen fuel cells can address key challenges of the transport sector as it searches for alternatives to the internal combustion engine. However, the current cost of manufacturing and assembling the fuel cells is incredibly high, which means there’s a lack of uptake.
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