Manchester Metropolitan University

Fuel Cell Innovation Centre

Are you involved in the development or testing of fuel cells or related materials? Could you benefit from free access to world-leading expertise and facilities?

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.

Read the Fuel Cell Brochure


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. 

Possible Projects

  • 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
  • Access to analytical tools
  • 2D materials experimentation and testing
  • Silicone technologies exploitation

The Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre have also featured in the first edition of the Royal Society of Chemistry journal, which you can access on their website. 

Register your Interest