Fuel cell plates
Precision Micro has long-standing partnerships with a number of leading alternative energy providers who benefit from economic, accurate, burr- and stress-free photo etched fuel cell plates.
Precision Micro is the world’s leading supplier of ultra-thin chemically etched resistive heating elements used in a wide range of energy applications.
Complex channels and geometries can be photo etched onto individual heat exchanger plates economically, maximising thermal efficiency.
Meshes, filters and sieves
Where punch-perforated sheets are prone to distortion, photo etched mesh is burr- and stress-free, with zero material degradation.
The way in which energy is being produced and consumed is evolving. Whilst advanced technologies are opening up new sources of alternative energy which are clean and renewable, the challenge is to reduce cost and make these energy sources more affordable.
In partnering with a number of leading alternative energy providers, Precision Micro’s photo etching process is being used as an enabling technology for a number of sustainability projects, including automotive and off-grid hydrogen fuel cell manufacture, lighter and more efficient aircraft engine components and electro-thermal ice protection systems.
Photo etching benefits for alternative energy applications
Many of the energy related products manufactured by Precision Micro are specified from metals which exhibit excellent strength-to-weight ratio, corrosion resistance and low-coefficient of thermal expansion, such as aluminium, titanium and marine grade stainless steel. These metals are challenging to machine using conventional sheet metalworking and often require costly rework to remove undesirable recast layers, stresses and burrs.
As there is no thermal cycle when metal is processed using photo etching, complex channels and geometries can be photo etched onto individual heat exchanger and bipolar fuel cell plates simultaneously, maximising thermal efficiency. Plates which require subsequent brazing or bonding remain perfectly flat.
Photo etching offers consistent precision over both large and small surface areas.
Resistive heating elements used in aircraft electro-thermal ice protection systems are photo etched defect-free from ultra-thin copper and nickel alloys to extremely tight resistance tolerances and in lengths to 1500mm. This solution cuts the energy typically consumed by a bleed air system by up to 50%.
A pocket-sized surveillance drone measuring less than 1 ounce operates using miniature motor laminations photo etched to ±0.020mm accuracy.
Precision Micro offers a number of added value technologies.
Combining photo etching with diffusion bonding means complex cooling channels can be incorporated into heat exchangers at a fraction of the price of conventional machining or laser drilling.
Did you know?
Bipolar fuel cell plates photo etched by Precision Micro powered the zero emission black cabs used to transport dignitaries during the London 2012 Olympic games.