BTU Receives Order for Fuel Cell Manufacturing Line

September 30, 2004 by Jeff Shepard

BTU International Inc. (North Billerica, MA), a supplier of advanced thermal processing equipment for advanced materials processing, semiconductor packaging and surface-mount assembly, announced the receipt of an order, valued at approximately $2 million, for an integrated manufacturing line for solid-oxide fuel cell (SOFC) manufacturing. The order is from one of the largest European-based, global leaders in fuel cell technology.

The order for a turnkey production line for manufacturing SOFCs features multiple Convection Heat Treat drying systems and BTU's Elevator Hearth System for high-temperature sintering. The order also includes multiple screen-printing systems, a laser marking and bar code reading system, as well as the automated handling equipment to fully automate the process.

"This is a very significant order," said BTU International President and CEO Mark Rosenzweig. "We believe this is the first fully integrated production line for SOFCs to be built anywhere in the world, and the selection of BTU by this major customer is recognition of our technological leadership and project management expertise within the fuel cell industry."