Fuel cells offer tremendous potential as a clean power source. The chemical energy of hydrogen and oxygen reacts with fuel cells and converts the energy to electricity. The decades-old technology is ideal for a wide variety of applications, including stationary power stations and many forms of transportation.
AACHEN, Germany—Engineers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology have developed a continuous assembly line that automatically makes fuel cell components and then assembles them into a stack.
TOKYO—Honda Motor Co. and General Motors Co. plan to set up a joint assembly plant to manufacture fuel cells. The goal is to reduce the market price of fuel-cell vehicles to levels that can compete with gas-electric hybrid vehicles.
AICHI, Japan—Toyota has unveiled a new assembly line here for its Mirai sedan, which is powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The line is expected to produce 700 units this year, expanding to 2,000 units in 2016 and 3,000 units in 2017.