The Vectra LCP bipolar plates, which contain 85 percent powdered carbon, were molded by SGL Carbon. With a cycle time of just 30 seconds, these plates can be produced in volume without the labor- and cost-intensive machining and other finishing steps needed to form their intricate channels when other materials are used.
"By lowering fuel cell cost to $1,050 per kilowatt, our prototype will help accelerate the evolution of fuel cells for autos, homes, and mobile equipment," said Frank Reil, manager, market development.
- compiled by Kyle Gargaro
Publication date: 12/13/2004