Dutch-German Partnership to Accelerate Advanced Manufacturing of PEM Fuel Cells in Europe

• Fuel cells have been labelled a Strategic Net-Zero Industry by the European Commission, creating a policy framework to promote EU-based advanced manufacturing of Fuel cells.
• Nedstack is upscaling its advanced fuel cell manufacturing capabilities up to a 1-gigawatt stack-rated power capacity towards 2027 under the IPCEI Hy2Tech program.
• The Chair of Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components (PEM) of RWTH Aachen University is a leading institute in the field of advanced manufacturing and has entered into an agreement with Nedstack to support its industrialization process.

Nedstack Fuel Cell Technology, AE Driven Solutions GmbH, and the Chair of Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components (PEM) of RWTH Aachen University today announced a strategic partnership to accelerate the industrialization of PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) Fuel cell technology in Europe, and to contribute to the European Union's ambitious target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The partnership brings together the complementary strengths of the three participants, with Nedstack upscaling its fuel cell production organization, and AE Driven Solutions acting as an industrialization partner on behalf of RWTH Aachen University. The goal is to enable cutting-edge research in the field of fuel cell production system development, advanced manufacturing, and cost planning.

The collaboration aims to nurture European domestic fuel cell manufacturing – a strategic net-zero industry under the European Net-Zero Industries Act – and to support the growth of green jobs in Europe. Through this partnership, Nedstack will source services and support from AE Driven Solutions which serves as a collaborative academic institution for RWTH Aachen University.

“We are excited to partner with AE Driven Solutions and PEM of RWTH Aachen University to employ the principles of advanced manufacturing theory on our Fuel Cell Giga Factory (Gigafactory?) project which constitutes one of Europe’s largest fuel cell production environments,” said Bas Strijker, COO of Nedstack. ”This partnership will enable us and our supply chain to leverage the collective strengths of our organizations to deliver on Europe’s hydrogen economy targets and to contribute to a more sustainable future.”

”This collaboration is a significant step forward in driving the development of advanced manufacturing of PEM fuel cells in Europe,” said Strijker. ”By fostering domestic production, we can ensure a sustainable supply chain for these critical components and contribute to the growth of net-zero industries in Europe. This will create green jobs and climate protection measures while contributing to energy security in Europe.”

”The partnership with Nedstack and PEM of RWTH Aachen University is an exciting opportunity for AE Driven Solutions to contribute to Europe’s net-zero greenhouse gas emissions target by employing our widely recognized expertise on advanced manufacturing of fuel cell technology to one of Europe’s promising case studies,” said Tobias Reil, CEO of AE Driven Solutions GmbH. ”We are looking forward to working together and contributing to gigawatt scale manufacturing of fuel cells while harvesting significant cost reductions in the process.”

”We are pleased to collaborate with Nedstack and AE Driven Solutions to drive the development of advanced manufacturing of PEM fuel cells,” said Mario Kehrer, Chief Engineer at PEM of RWTH Aachen University. ”This partnership will enable us to apply our leading position in fuel cell production engineering to a state-of-the-art case study and to participate in building the fuel cell factory of the future.”

About Nedstack

Nedstack is a Dutch developer and manufacturer of PEM Fuel cell power solutions for high power and safety relevant applications. Nedstack was founded in 1999 and is incorporated in Arnhem, the Netherlands, and is committed to contribute to a NetZero society by delivering state-of-the-art hydrogen fuel cell-based power solutions for hard-to-abate applications.

Nedstack press contact:

Mr. Bas Strijker - COO Nedstack

Tel: +31 (0)26 319 7600


About AEDS

AE Driven Solutions GmbH is an engineering office and supplier of fuel cell system technology based in Aachen. AEDS is a team of experienced engineers from the fields of vehicle technology, mechanical and plant engineering, electrical engineering and renewable energies. AEDS is a consulting, engineering and service providers for hydrogen related topics and sees itself as a solution provider along the entire hydrogen value chain.

AEDS press contact:

               Mr. Christoph Ley – Business Development Manager

               Tel: +49 (0)152 38 29 71 33             


About PEM of RWTH Aachen University (RWTH AACHEN UNIVERSITY Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components) - English

The Chair of Production Engineering of E-Mobility Components (PEM) of RWTH Aachen University develops pioneering solutions for the sustainable production of electrified powertrains. In the areas of battery, fuel cell and electric drive as well as in the field of integration in commercial vehicles, PEM’s researchers focus on cost-effective and innovative production processes.


PEM press contact:

               Mr. Sebastian Hagedorn – Group Lead “Fuel Cell”

               Tel: +49 (0) 170 708 2111 




Grant Support Notice;

ENG: This project is supported under IPCEI terms by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate.