I think you probably find the news is in anticipation of investors day rather than the other way around :p
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It may look like a small thing and 5 stacks per day might not sound a lot BUT.... Five stacks per day is 50kw per day. A whole Kore worth of stacks can be built in just 5 days. 8-) 50 x 365 = 18,250kw of stacks per annum, or 18.25MW :o All that from one robot station, just shows how easy it is to scale this up to 100's of MW's. Obviously there are other things to build and then assemble to make the Kore systems. The extruder and electrode layer part of the automated production is sure to be next up and by the sound of it, it can keep up with the robot. Imagine a Samsung factory out in Korea with 20 of these small production lines set up, that would be a factory capable of producing 365MW a year of AFC fuel cells. Mind boggling! 8-)
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Innomech Develops Automated Fuel Cell Stack Manufacturing System for AFC Energy Published on November 3, 2014 at 8:28 AM Fuel cells are one of the most promising new forms of energy generation. The technology is clean, quiet and efficient but the hundreds of layers in a commercial-scale fuel cell stack and the number of stacks needed to generate sufficient power make it almost impossible to manually assemble them at speed. Cambridgeshire-based GB Innomech (Innomech) has designed and recently completed a novel automated manufacturing system that AFC Energy will use to assemble five stacks per day. The new assembly equipment has been developed for AFC Energy as part of its EU-backed Power Up consortium to develop and install industrial clean energy generation plants, based on alkaline fuel cells and using hydrogen as a fuel source. The first plant is being built at an Air Products industrial gas processing plant at Stade, northern Germany and comprises two AFC Energy KORE systems. Each system contains 24 fuel cell cartridges generating in total around 250 kW at full power and the first system is due to be installed this year. The fuel cell stack within a cartridge is made up of multiple layers of anodes, cathodes and spacer components and assembled in sequence to form the specific channels that will carry hydrogen, air or the potassium hydroxide electrolyte during use. Hydrogen and oxygen spacers incorporate a gasket material that forms a gas-tight seal when compressed. The active surfaces of the electrodes are extremely sensitive to damage, so the plates need to be interleaved with plastic spacers to prevent them touching one another when stacked up ready for assembly. The anodes and cathodes need to be correctly placed face up or face down to ensure the right electrical connections in the final stack. Once all of the electrodes and different spacers for hydrogen, oxygen and electrolyte have been added, the stack needs to be compressed to a predetermined load to form the seals and create a gastight unit before being bolted together manually with tie rods. Although none of the individual components are particularly heavy, there are hundreds of layers and the final completed stack needs to be moved by forklift on account of its weight and bulk. The challenge for Innomech was to scale up the manufacturing process and to automate the assembly of stacks to a consistent quality, while also allowing the operator to safely manipulate the stacks and complete manual process steps at the start and end of the production cycle. The assembly system uses an ABB IRB 2600 industrial robot, with a 1.65 m arm and a 20 kg payload capacity surrounded by a racked enclosure with hoppers of fuel cell components. There are four bulk quantities of electrodes all with protective spacers between each plate: one with cathode sheets face up, a second with them face down and the same for the two anode stacks. The stacks of layers are angled in the racking so tha
My last post on here was back on 11/11/14 What I wrote was mocked so I thought b***ocks to this forum I'll take some time out... The following is what I wrote under the heading (26th Nov) "Do we think this date was randomly circled on the Calender or is it a strategic date planned to follow some anticipated significant news...?" Enjoy the weather :)
RE: New vids out
On the Robot Stack Build is that Gene Lewis scrutinizing proceedings after 1.10 mins ? I wonder if he approves ? Nice find. CMD
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