Nancy Garland, the Lead for the Manufacturing R&D Program at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office, recently visited the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology’s Advanced Manufacturing Center. Dr. Garland was interested in CCAT’s capabilities for manufacturing, including prototype fabrication, multi-material 3D plastic printing, 5-axis precision machining (for parts up to 20 inches), powdered metal additive manufacturing, non-contact inspection, reverse engineering, and wire electrical discharge machining (EDM). CCAT’s manufacturing and process solutions help companies to run better, faster and cheaper by deploying technologies that will increase productivity without interfering with your current production environment.
DOE has expressed interest in transitioning the research and development for the emerging hydrogen fuel cell industry to advance manufacturing to increase production, drive down costs, and increase durability. CCAT will be managing the DOE Northeast Technical Exchange Center, which will be part of national effort to facilitate the development and expansion of the domestic supply chain necessary for the manufacture and scale up of hydrogen and fuel cell systems in the United States.