Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH has successfully commissioned a fuel cell stack production facility in Bavaria, Germany, in response to the increased industry demand for hydrogen fuel cells.
At a formal ceremony last Friday, Minister Hubert Aiwanger, the Deputy Bavarian Prime Minister and Minister of State for Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy pressed the button to begin production of the fuel cell stack plant.
Commenting on the new facility, Aiwanger said, “Hydrogen plays a key role as future technology in coping with the shift in energy and mobility. Therefore, we founded the Centre Hydrogen.Bavaria (H2.B) in Nuremberg.”
“In order to offer fuel cells more competitively, we need mass production. Proton Motor shows that this is already possible.”
Proton Motor’s fuel cell system and fuel cell stack is embedded in a module as a core centrepiece. The stacking robot can increase production capacity up to 5,000 till 10,000 fuel cell units per year.
“We are both proud and happy to set this signal for our heightened, forward-looking technology standard with the only stack robot in Bavaria,” said Faiz Nahab, Proton Motor CEO.
“At the same time, we would like to thank the Free State of Bavaria for its recognition and the associated interest of Minister Aiwanger in our climate-neutral power drive and energy solutions for the mobile and stationary sectors.”
The new facility is part of the project ‘Fit-4-MandA’ (Fit for Automatic Manufacturing and Assembly) and financed by the European agency ‘FCH-JU’ (Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking).
“We are very pleased with this important milestone for our company as it makes a significant contribution to our manufacturing capability and enables Proton Motor to cope with large volume orders before the end of 2020,” said Helmut Gierse, Proton Motor Chairman.