Fraunhofer Representative Office Beijing
Decision-making tools for the industry: technology toolkit for bipolar plate production of fuel cells
Udo Eckert, Group Leader Microsystems Manufactur-ing & Technical from the Functional Surfaces and Micromanufacturing department at Fraunhofer IWU, tests the finishing of a milled tool to be used in bipolar plate production for fuel cells at the micromachining center of Fraunhofer IWU.

Fuel cells have huge potential, but there are not yet any clear structures and standards surrounding their manufacture. The huge number of options when it comes to production technologies makes it challenging for users or potential users to maintain an overview in their mind and to select the right production process to suit their needs. To help overcome this problem, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT are developing a virtual technology toolkit. This toolkit will help users to make the best production decisions when manufacturing fuel cells by enabling them to select the forming technology for bipolar plates that is most appropriate to the specific application.