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CarboPlate

Fuel cell technology represents an interesting alternative to conventional energy conversion systems. To move this technology toward mass market production, its production costs need to be substantially reduced. The CarboPlate project focuses on bipolar plates as a central element of PEM fuel cells. These are manufactured from highly conductive, carbon-filled synthetic materials, the so-called compounds, in injection molding processes. The use of CNT has the potential to optimize the associated material properties and processing characteristics. In addition to improving properties, the application of mass production technologies will reduce the price of bipolar plates so much that fuel cell technology can become profitable in mass market applications. Promising application areas of the innovative bipolar plates include PEM fuel cell systems associated with uninterrupted power supply (UPS) and decentralized energy converters for single-family or multi-family homes.