Manchester Metropolitan University is currently establishing The Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre (MFCIC). This initiative exists solely to support Manchester-based companies develop cutting-edge fuel cells and fuel cell materials and technologies.
The Centre will house the latest equipment for use by businesses looking to develop materials and technologies to create green and emission-free energy, powering everything from our homes to our cars. Use of this equipment will be offered free to small businesses.
Greater Manchester SMEs within the LCEG sector can attend specialist workshops organised by the Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre.
Market opportunities for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies
12 June 2018, 9.30am - 1.30pm
Learn about the opportunities that Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology offers to your business and what you need to do to get involved.
An introduction to the support offered by the Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre and how our expert team can help you.
Rapid Innovation Techniques
26 June 2018, 9.30am - 1.30pm
Learn rapid techniques to innovate new products involving creating tests to:
Clearly define a market
Clearly define a Value proposition
Generate a prototype, or minimum viable product
Do a market experiment with a live market
Make informed decisions based on actual market data.
This will reduce the time and cost of bringing new offerings to the market, lowering the ROI threshold and increasing profits long term.
Working with Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre
10 July 2018, 9.30am - 1.30pm
A detailed introduction to the MFCIC Lab, its team and its cutting-edge equipment. How to work best with the research team and introducing businesses like yours to the principles of designing a good experiment.
Testing your Ideas
11 Sept 2018, 9.30am - 1.30pm
Building on the ideation, this workshop will help you design a process to test the value of your ideas involving:
Creating a real prototype
Refining your value proposition
Defining your test group
Creating a real market experiment
How to Launch
2 October 2018, 9.30am - 1.30pm
How to plan your product launch using specialist innovation tools, identifying the pre-launch, launch and post launch phases, what the key activities of each phase are and critical actions for each one.
Replacement of platinum in fuel cell electrodes
Development of catalytic materials for gas reforming of hydrogen
Development of sensors and diagnostics for performance monitoring
Development and commercialisation of nanomaterials
Ink-jet printing of graphene
Production of hydrogen from water with new catalytic surfaces