International Meeting on Fuel Cell and Electrolyzer Quality Control: Summary Report

Michael Ulsh, Michael Hahn, Francois Girard, Ulf Groos

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


Quality control for both polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell and electrolysis membrane electrode assembly (MEA) materials is a key challenge for scale-up and cost reduction of these important U.S. Department of Energy-supported energy conversion technologies. Developing both in-line and end-of-line methods for detecting defects, as well as measuring critical material properties and understanding the impact of as-manufactured variations in these materials on cell performance and lifetime, are critical barriers. To address these needs, the National Research Council Canada (NRC), Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have organized and facilitated a series of meetings on the topic, bringing together industry, academia, and research institutions from North America and Europe. NREL, with coordinated facilitation from NRC and Fraunhofer ISE, hosted the International Meeting on Fuel Cell and Electrolyzer Quality Control on May 5-6, 2021 to review and discuss outcomes of prior workshops, add low-temperature electrolysis MEA materials to the scope, and prioritize quality control needs.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages26
StatePublished - 2021

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-5900-81354


  • electrolyzer
  • fuel cell
  • manufacturing
  • membrane electrode assembly
  • QC
  • quality control


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