- R&D 100 Awards
Since the 1960s, the ‘holy grail’ of electrocatalysts for fuel cells and electrolysers has been to develop non precious metal catalysts (NPMCs), which do not rely on platinum group metals (PGMs). That has been achieved with the NPMC-Based FCgen1040, a 30 W proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) stack and the world’s first NPMC-based PEMFC product. The innovation can be used for portable power applications, such as powering remote security systems, powering drones and other electronic devices. It is primarily suitable for applications where cost and tolerance to airborne contaminants are of concern. NPMC-Based FCgen1040 is an air-cooled fuel cell product that operates by oxidizing hydrogen at the anode, and reducing oxygen from air at the cathode. The stack is ‘air breathing’, meaning that all oxygen required to power the fuel cell is supplied by ambient air.