On 16 July 2014 the Technology Strategy Board (now Innovate UK)-funded Fuel Cell Recovery Project held its kick off meeting to formally begin the 2-year project. Project partners include Microcab, High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute (HSSMI) Env-Aqua Solutions Ltd, MCT ReMan Ltd and the Greater London Authority (GLA).
The project aims at generating new knowledge in establishing how hydrogen fuel cell systems in Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) can be recovered once they reach the end of their life so that their optimal value can be recuperated and their life in service can be kept in circulation to ensure sustainability. This will help encourage FCEV supply chains to become more circular and lead to:
1. Savings in CO2 emissions through reusing parts and materials
2. A reduction in waste going to landfill
3. The conservation of precious metals such as platinum inside a closed loop value stream
4. The opening up of the aftermarket of hydrogen fuel cells
Objectives of the project include developing new design guidelines for fuel cell recovery, new remanufacturing and recycling process designs to facilitate recovery and new ‘circular’ business models.