01 June 2001
01 June 2001
Porvair Fuel Cell Technology has licensed a new technology developed by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The license relates to a patent-protected porous carbon composite, moldable bi-polar plate, which will undergo trials for use in Proton Exchange Membranes (PEM) fuel cell stacks.
Jim Stike, president of PFCT, said he is pleased about adding the bi-polar plate technology to the company's existing core group of advanced materials products. ""Our Metpore(TM) metal foams and Micromass(TM) porous ceramics are being used in many of the fuel cell components such as heat exchangers, water management systems and catalyst supports,"" Stike said. ""We now have materials that have applications in the fuel reformer, the PEM stack and balance of plant components.""
PFCT plans to take the licensed technology from ORNL and incorporate it into its pilot plant facilities in Hendersonville over the next 90 days. Optimization and scale up to full production will follow.
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