The MTC joins forces with hydrogen technology specialist
The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) has joined forces with a Birmingham hydrogen technology specialist Adelan with the aim of ramping up fuel cell manufacturing capacity in the UK.
Using funds from the Automotive Transformation Fund, Adelan and the MTC will study ways of building UK capacity for manufacturing fuel cells for the automotive sector, helping the UK’s drive to Net Zero.
Adelan develops clean, portable fuel cell systems. Dr Michaela Kendall, chief executive of Adelan, said: “With the support of the Manufacturing Technology Centre, this study will help us scale up fuel cell manufacturing from hundreds of units to the hundreds of thousands of units needed.
“The electric vehicle supply chain represents a significant investment opportunity for the UK, and the Midlands in particular. We can build on our strengths to create a global powerhouse that will drive the transformation of transport and our sustainable future.”
The MTC was founded by the University of Birmingham, Loughborough University, the University of Nottingham and TWI Ltd.
Huw Sullivan, sector lead for hydrogen at the MTC, said: “Hydrogen technologies like the fuel cells manufactured by Adelan can support the UK in its transition towards a low carbon transport system. This will require a high-tech and integrated manufacturing environment and we need to develop that urgently if we are to capitalise on these breakthroughs.
“At the MTC, we understand the need for streamlining and automating assembly lines, and we support this through design for manufacturing and strategic partnerships. We work with industry leaders like Dr Kendall to make sure the Midlands retains its key role in the UK automotive manufacturing sector.”