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"F-cell" fuel cell conference in Stuttgart, Oct 8-10
Fuel Cells, Aug 10 2012 (The Hydrogen Journal)
- Stuttgart Region Economic Development Corporation is organising a conference about fuel cells on October 8-10, together with its Battery + Storage event.
The event will focus on fuel cells for cars, household energy supply and power plants, and also focus on lithium ion batteries for vehicles and as stationary energy storage. It will look at ways to reduce costs.
There will be sessions on ways to make fuel cells using automated production lines, rather than making them all by hand, as they are mainly built today.
"The technology has reached a level of maturity that is sufficient for serial production,” says Edgar Lederer of Fix Maschinenbau, who will also be speaking at the conference.
Due to the high prices, the demand for fuel cells is still so limited, he adds, that the production systems capable of reducing costs cannot be financed.
Dr. Sarah Michaelis of VDMA (German Engineering Federation), who will also be speaking at the Battery+Storage conference, believes that machine and systems manufacturers will play a key role in reducing the costs of battery production.
“Companies should join together in order to offer complete battery production systems in the market. And the time has also come for producers and mechanical engineers to engage in dialogue devoted to the further development of suitable systems,” Dr. Michaelis says.