The challenges in materials and process technology are numerous. Examples are the quest to develop new (nano) materials which combine unusual properties or can cope with extreme conditions, the replacement of current feedstock by biobased alternatives, finding substitutes for critical raw materials, and exploring alternative mining reserves, e.g. minerals from the deep sea. Furthermore, various additive manufacturing techniques, advanced automation and digitisation (Industry 4.0) are making their way in the manufacturing industry.
Uniresearch consultants hold M.Sc.’s and Ph.D.’s in chemistry, physics, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering and material science, and have profound knowledge of the opportunities and challenges in these fields. They are keen to support you in project set-up and – management in each development stage; from early stage research projects to demonstration projects, and to assist you to acquire (EU) funding.
Uniresearch was hired by a German company and technical coordinator Proton Motor Fuel Cell GmbH to write and compile the grant application. After approval of the project, Uniresearch has become the official project administrative coordinator and in charge of the dissemination activities.
During the project, new manufacturing technologies specific to the PEMFC (Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell) stack production processes for automotive applications, advancing beyond state of the art equipment and tools, will be developed. Established automotive-industry best practices on production and quality will be analysed and transposed to the manufacturing of PEMFC components and stacks. New QA strategies relevant for the transport sector (compatible with ISO/TS 16949) will be proposed and assessed. The manufacturing readiness achieved at the end of the project will be MRL7 (Capability to produce systems, subsystems or components in a production representative environment).
The project consortium consists of 7 partners from 4 EU countries