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Daimler plans, in the future, with the Japan CFRP manufacturer
Toray, to produce lightweight parts for its automotive production in
Esslingen, near Stuttgart [Daimler (2011a)]. In addition to the large
OEMs, numerous small and medium-sized companies are involved
with the topic of lightweight construction, for example, Maschi-
nen- und Anlagenbauer Dieffenbacher GmbH, headquartered in
Eppingen, which also relies on fiber-reinforced plastics for use in
the automobile [Dieffenbacher (2011)].
4.1.5 THE FUEL CELL
In the area of fuel cell technology, Baden-Württemberg is extre-
mely well positioned both nationally and internationally, in terms
of its industry and research landscape. It should be emphasized
that the Stuttgart region has a nationwide, if not even worldwide,
unique concentration of activities in the area of fuel cells (see Fig.
42) and thus is one of the world’s leading research and develop-
ment centers, as well as technology and economic centers. The
Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) at Ulm
works on the fundamentals of fuel cell research and on develop-
ment of new fuel cells for the automobile, portable and stationary
applications and fuel cell systems, from pure experimental sys-
tems to industrial prototypes [ZSW (2011b)]. The Max Plank Ins-
titute for Solid Body Research in Stuttgart develops membranes
for fuel cells; the Fraunhofer Institute in Karlsruhe is involved in
developing, amongst other things, electrocatalysts and electrode
structures for direct fuel cells [ICT (2011)].
»In the fuel cell industry, Baden-Württemberg is extremely well
positioned, particularly in the area of research and develop-
ment. In this regard, various institutes of higher education and
Daimler AG with its development center in Nabern, near Kirch-
heim/Teck, stand out in particular. Expansion to the complete
Baden-Württemberg production location with a supplier net-
work, which already possesses very good approaches, has not
yet been realized.«
Dr. Jürgen Dispan, Project Director and scientific employee, IMU Institute
Fig. 42: A Selection of participants in the fuel cell sector
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