The fuel cell production facility in Loughborough, England, contains a turnkey pilot production line for solid-oxide fuel cell manufacture, incorporating several BTU products such as multiple convection drying systems and an elevator hearth system for high temperature sintering. The BTU equipment also included multiple screen-printing systems, a laser-marking system and automated handling equipment to fully automate the process.
The plant has the ability to produce more than 1,000 ceramic fuel-cell components per week while verifying the processes required for eventual full-scale production.
“We believe this is the world's first fully automated production line for solid-oxide fuel cells, and we are excited to have played a major role in this advanced manufacturing program,” says Paul J. van der Wansem, BTU's chairman and CEO.
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