Complete Fuel Cell Manufacturing Process
Delta ModTech and Fuel Cell Manufacturing
When it comes to coating and converting delicate substrates or thin films like those used in the fuel cell production, the options are endless. From fully automating the coating and drying process, to laser etching an electrode, to advanced stacking and assembly. The modular design of our machines allows the process to be as simple or complex as you need:
- Coat in single or multiple layers
- Laser cut and ablating
- Die cutting
- Heating lamination
- Roll to roll or discrete part production
Reduce your risk, take your raw materials to full production fuel cells with Delta ModTech.
Electrode Coating and Converting Demo
Above we’re demonstrating our capabilities specific to the battery and fuel cell industry by using advanced coating and converting techniques. We take raw battery slurry all the way through production to create a roll of converted electrodes. The first machine is the DynaCoat®, a state-of-the-art, small footprint, compact coater and dryer. Using a skip coating process, and proprietary drying process we are producing anode/cathode patches of battery slurry on an aluminum foil substrate. Next, the roll of electrodes are laser etched using Delta’s Crusader® Converter with IR EDGE® Laser Technology and rewound.
Fuel Cell Manufacturing
There are several different kinds of fuel cells, Proton Exchange Membranes (PEM), Alkaline Fuel cells, and several others . While the materials used to make the fuel cells are different, they all have similar components, an anode a cathode and a separator. There are many different methods for assembling these fuel cells, but they all have these components.
Films wound together
The anode is the negative electrode that gives off electrons and the cathode is the positive electrode that collects the electrons.
As the electrons are exchanged between the anode and cathode, they create these positive and negative charges which is what creates electricity. With all of this, every anode and cathode needs to be coated with a “slurry” of chemicals. This is the part that can make or break a battery. Read more about electrodes here.
Need a lab to test and develop your slurries? Check out our customer’s laboratory here.
Hydrogen Fuel Cells
Hydrogen fuel cells are one of the hottest topics in the EV industry. This is because of how environmentally friendly they are. When Hydrogen is used as the source of energy in the fuel cell, the emissions are just water and heat unlike fossil fuels that emit carbon dioxide. Hydrogen also happens to be the most abundant element on earth making it sustainable as well as it is renewable. While fuel cells are similar to batteries, they differ because they never run out or need to be recharges as long as they are supplied with hydrogen and oxygen.
Because of this, the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) has invested millions into the battery manufacturing industry. Offering grants to companies for research of battery or fuel cell technology or production and recycling of batteries. On May 22nd, 2023 the DOE announced almost $60 million in grants across 22 projects for hydrogen production, storage, and technologies. There are several options from the DOE for funding and grants in the battery and hydrogen fuel cell industry:
Delta and Hydrogen Fuel Cells
We have done several full production coating and converting machines for fuel cell and membrane electrode assemblies (MEA) for hydrogen fuel cells. This proven battery assembly line involves:
- Coating machine for anode
- Coating machine for cathode
- Slitting machine
- Then the assembly process
Contact our team to build a total solution for your production process
Bring Us Your Toughest Challenge
Whether you are working to develop the next battery slurry or need to ramp up production you need equipment to get the job done. At Delta ModTech we have been on the cutting edge of the battery and fuel cell industry helping customers produce and convert electrodes in mass quantities.
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