On 2 October 2009, Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited officially opened its high volume manufacturing plant, one of the first in the world for the volume production of solid oxide fuel cell stacks.

The manufacturing plant is located in an existing 4,200m2 building in the Industriepark Oberbruch, 40 minutes’ drive from Dusseldorf in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany.

The plant has a design capacity of 10,000 fuel cell stacks per year. Ceramic Fuel Cell’s investment in the plant construction, including state of the art automated manufacturing equipment, will total 9.5 million Euros. All pieces of equipment have been commissioned on-site and are operational.

The plant was officially opened by Dr Jens Baganz, State Secretary for the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, before more than 100 invited guests, including Government representatives and key customers, suppliers, investors and media.

For a copy of the background paper on the Heinsberg Fuel Cell Manufacturing Plant, please click here.

To view a copy of the press release on the official opening, please click here.

Ceramic Fuel Cells building at Industriepark, Oberbruch.
Dr Jens Baganz, State Secretary for the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, officially opens the plant on 2 October 2009.
Guests inspect the robotic assembly units.
Robotic assembly of fuel cell stacks.
Furnaces for firing fuel cell stacks.
Automated seal dispensing.