Plansee High Performance Materials announced plans to invest in an automated interconnect production facility in Towanda, Pa., to make PM metallic plates used in fuel cells. The ultra-thin PM plates are made from a custom metal alloy designed by Plansee engineers to allow fuel-cell stacks to operate at high temperatures without cracking. The facility will help meet growing demand for these products. 

Plansee supplies Bloom Energy of Sunnyvale, Calif., with thin PM interconnect plates for stationary solid oxide fuel-cell systems. Bloom Energy’s energy servers contain these PM interconnects and are currently producing power for several customers.