INNovative Cost Improvements for
BALANCE of Plant Components
of Automotive PEMFC Systems

Interview with Dr. Alicia Arce, coordinator of INN-BALANCE, on the project's ambitious goals

Dr. Alicia Arce from Fundacion Ayesa, coordinator of INN-BALANCE, talks about how INN-BALANCE will make FCEVs more competitive by focusing on a manufacturing-oriented & cost-effective design of fuel cell components

Dr. Alicia Arce, Fundacion Ayesa

What is in your view the main challenge of the project?
The INN-BALANCE project is born in a controversial context where battery-propelled vehicles are already in the market with competitive prices and automotive fuel cells have a high technological maturity. The project proposes ambitious technical objectives focused on costs reductions to make automotive fuel cell systems competitive while outperforming the performance of existing systems.

What excites you the most about the project?
One of the most exciting and challenging things is to integrate all technologies developed by the different partners in a real vehicle with the target to achieve a high technology readiness level.

Could you explain what manufacturing design is and what are the benefits for the project to apply such an approach?
The manufacturing-oriented design that we develop for INN-BALANCE is an optimization tool to obtain the best values for defined design parameters such as number of pieces, materials, dimensions and so on. The optimization tool estimates how these parameters impact the costs related to supply chains and manufacturing processes as well as the fuel cell performance. As a result, the manufacturing costs of the prototypes will be reduced while meeting performance specifications. In addition, this tool will enhance the prototyping stage reducing the number of prototypes to be developed until achieving the final product.