Tim Potter, managing partner of accountancy firm HURST, together with a senior team from NatWest in Manchester, led a delegation of north west manufacturers on a tour of Jaguar Land Rover’s factory on Merseyside to discover what lessons could be learned from the plant’s success.
Fuel cells are one of the most promising new forms of energy generation. The technology is clean, quiet and efficient but there are hundreds of components, or layers, in a commercial-scale fuel cell stack and the number of stacks needed to generate sufficient power make it almost impossible to manually assemble them at speed and at a competitive cost.
It is the intractable problem that refuses to go away. Engineering is in demand, intellectually rewarding and it is well paid but not enough people are doing it. Will Stirling reports on a new approach.