ACAL Energy will bring a model hydrogen fuel cell system using its platinum-free liquid cathode, FlowCath, to FC EXPO 2010 in Tokyo in March. (Earlier post.) The FlowCath powered module demonstrates a practical product prototype which could be commercialized in less than two years.
The prototype, says ACAL, is considerably smaller than many people thought possible for a liquid cathode FC system.
FlowCath technology replaces the platinum catalyst on the cathode in a proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell with a low cost, durable liquid chemical. This significantly reduces the overall platinum content, while delivering the same level of fuel cell power density as today’s platinum cathode systems.
The technology also inherently addresses the balance of plant costs by eliminating the need for hydration, pressurization, separate cooling and other expensive mechanical sub-systems commonly found in conventional PEM fuel cells.
Dr Andrew Creeth, inventor of the Flowcath® technology, will be addressing the Technical Conference which runs alongside the trade show. He will speak on the first day in the exhibitors’ Product/Technology seminar.
ACAL Energy is leading a £1.9 million (US$2.7 million) collaborative project recently started to build the first installed system using FlowCath fuel cell technology in a practical application. The project is supported by the UK’s Technology Strategy Board and is a major step on the commercialization road map for this technology.