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BASF has formed a new fuel cell subsidiary—BASF Fuel Cell—from its own fuel cell work combined with the activities acquired from PEMEAS and Engelhard in 2006. The newly-founded subsidiary will be a supplier of membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs), gas diffusion electrodes and catalysts.

PEMEAS was founded in April 2004 as a spin-off of the former Hoechst Group’s fuel cell activities. PEMEAS was pursuing two strategies. The Celtec division focuses on the development and commercialization of membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) for high temperature polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells. The E-TEK division develops and manufactures catalysts, gas diffusion layers and electrodes for low and high temperature PEM fuel cells as well as for direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC).

BASF Fuel Cell will present its product portfolio and technologies for the first time at the 2007 Hanover Trade Fair and at the opening press conference of the hydrogen and fuel cell exhibition on April 16.

Included in the product portfolio are:

  • Celtec, the only commercially available high-temperature MEA enabling operation temperatures of 120-180° C (248-356° F), thus making fuel cells simpler and more cost-effective.

  • LT-MEA product line of low-temperature membrane electrode assemblies for PEM and direct methanol fuel cells. BASF Fuel Cell uses proprietary catalysts and electrodes, and is developing its own membranes.

  • ELAT product line of gas diffusion layers and electrodes for low- and high-temperature PEM fuel cells as well as DMFC.

  • Selectra product line consists of catalysts for reformation and gas purification and fuel cell catalysts.



BASF seems to get involved in enabling materials science businesses at the right times and stays in the game. I wish them well in providing what is needed for a young industry.

Cheryl Ho

Since DME has an advantage of decomposition at lower temperature than methane and LPG, R&D for hydrogen source for fuel cell has been carried out.

If you would like to know more on the latest DME developments, join us at upcoming North Asia DME / Methanol conference in Beijing, 27-28 June 2007, St Regis Hotel. The conference covers key areas which include:

DME productivity can be much higher especially if
country energy policies makes an effort comparable to
that invested in increasing supply.
National Development Reform Commission NDRC
Ministry of Energy for Mongolia

Production of DME/ Methanol through biomass
gasification could potentially be commercialized
Shandong University completed Pilot plant in Jinan and
will be sharing their experience.

Advances in conversion technologies are readily
available and offer exciting potential of DME as a
chemical feedstock
By: Kogas, Lurgi and Haldor Topsoe

Available project finance supports the investments
that DME/ Methanol can play a large energy supply role
By: International Finance Corporation

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