Production of bipolar plates in Saxony celebrates its jubilee
Press release of February 20, 2023
Sustainable commitment, a careful treatment of dwindling resources, and the continuous development of innovative technologies are increasingly important for companies.
With this claim in mind, SITEC Industrietechnologie GmbH has been manufacturing customized fuel cell components for over ten years. Already in 2006, the first production line for laser-welded bipolar plates – the core element of each fuel cell – left the plant in Chemnitz, Germany. At the early stage, the focus was still on product development, fabrication of prototypes and smaller series. Nowadays, the target is more and more on larger volumes.
Our development competence and manufacturing experience for components of mobile and stationary fuel cells and electrolyzers has grown steadily over many years. Thanks to that, SITEC is valued as a strong and reliable partner far beyond Europe.
With the new FlexCell series, fuel cell manufacturers have access to high-efficient systems technology. From prototypes up to small- and large-scale production – the machines are perfectly suitable for laser-welded bipolar and interconnector plates.
Furthermore, SITEC succeeds in optimally exploiting synergy effects from mechanical and system engineering for its own production. High-quality bipolar plates for various fuel cells are assembled on the company's shop floor every day.
"Expanding our own manufacturing capacities was a logical and forward-looking step for us. It offers our customers maximum flexibility and first-class products.", states Dr. Jörg Lässig, Managing Director of SITEC.
The FlexCell Basic allows an expansion of SITEC’s capacity by a further one million bipolar plates in 2022. In addition, the collaboration with strategic partners enables high-volume series from coils to ready-to-install bipolar plates.
As a supplier of automated production facilities and an experienced partner for series production, the company thus leaves the "make or buy" decision entirely to its customers.
"Hydrogen is one of the innovation drivers of the energy revolution. We at SITEC are optimally equipped and convinced that we can offer significant added value for the manufacturing of fuel cells with our comprehensive know-how and broad network.", concludes Dr. Lässig.