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October 1, 2022 (Hanover PA) – Gerard Daniel Worldwide is pleased to announce the company is expanding the capabilities of its European location to be able to weave, treat and customize Nickel and other similar alloys suitable for applications within Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers.
The European headquarters, located in Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick, Ireland has long been a weaver of acoustic mesh, specialist wire cloth used in sound attenuation within the aerospace industry, as well as consumer electronic noise reduction applications. It is woven to a precise Rayl value, which requires deep knowledge and experience maintaining this value throughout the weave.
The skills of the wire weavers in Abbeyfeale – many of whom have over 20 years of experience – lend themselves very well to weaving the wire mesh used in Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers, particularly for those chemical applications in a fuel stack where a large surface area is needed for coating purposes, requiring very thin wire diameters and high mesh count weaves.
“We have seen demand grow significantly for nickel-based wire mesh within the Fuel Cell and Electrolyzer industry,” said Red Quigley, managing director of the European Division. “Previously we had obtained this from our US weaving operation or sourced it from one of our strategic partners; however, with challenges in the supply chains leading more European companies to look for domestic solutions, expanding our European division to weave this mesh was an easy decision to make.”
Gerard Daniel’s engineers take a very ‘hands-on’ approach when meeting with customers, working alongside them to recommend or create a mesh weave to meet their specific attributes. Quigley continued, “Each customer’s requirements are different, depending on the chemistry and design of their fuel cell or electrolyzer. Some need more open space, others need more coating area. Some need to reduce cost and we work with them to lower the material required while still meeting performance.”
The European division expects to expand its capacity by 40% over the next year to meet demand. Learn more about Gerard Daniel’s capabilities in fuel cells here.