New project aims to improve hydrogen fuel cells

New project aims to improve hydrogen fuel cells

May 9, 2017 0 By Erin Kilgore

Intelligent Energy will lead a new program focused on fuel cells

Intelligent Energy, a company specializing in hydrogen fuel, will be leading a new program focused on demonstrating cost reductions for fuel cells. The program has been dubbed Digiman and Intelligent Energy will be using digital manufacturing techniques in order to make fuel cells more affordable. Fuel cells have become somewhat popular in several sectors, but their adoption has been relatively slow, largely due to their high cost and the lack of a supporting hydrogen infrastructure.

Digiman program aims to improve manufacturing techniques

The Digiman program will be receiving support from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. The program has also received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking through an overarching initiative called Horizon 2020. By improving manufacturing techniques, the program may be able to make fuel cells more attractive, especially in the transportation space. The program will be taking place over the next three years. If successful, it may provide fuel cell developers with the tools they need to make more efficient and affordable energy systems.

Fuel cells are gaining popularity

Hydrogen fuel cells have become particularly popular in the transportation sector. Many of the world’s leading automakers are using these energy systems to power a new generation of vehicles that do not produce any harmful emissions. These vehicles could benefit from the improvements that will be made to fuel cells through the Digiman program. Better fuel cells could accelerate the rate at which clean vehicles are being adopted.

Program will bring together several organizations to improve hydrogen fuel cells

The program will focus on improving proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells, which are among the most popular. These energy systems are used for a variety of purposes across many sectors. The program may be able to make these fuel cells less expensive while also improving their efficiency and energy production capabilities. Several organizations will be working with Intelligent Energy in order to accomplish the goals of the program.