AFC Energy Extends Fuel Cell Electrode Life Beyond Nine Months

29 Apr 2013

AFC Energy has further extended the longevity of its alkaline fuel cell electrodes to more than nine months of continuous operation as the company’s product development programme gains momentum.

The milestone, reached last week at the company’s laboratory in Dunsfold, Surrey, brings its fuel cell power generation technology closer to commercialisation, potentially gaining lucrative opportunities with industrial partners.

AFC Energy is pursuing fuel cell longevity, power output, and the development of low cost materials and volume manufacturing in order to establish its fuel systems as a commercial source of electricity for large-scale industrial applications.

As stated previously, AFC Energy has identified that, depending on the incentives available in key markets, the first industrial applications require a minimum electrode life of three months to be economically viable, particularly in the Far East and in countries such as South Korea. This minimum threshold was first achieved by the Company in May 2012. In Germany, where the Company is already carrying out long term trials with Akzo Nobel, one of the world’s largest chemical groups, a fuel cell operating life of six months is required at our targeted power output for it to be commercially viable.

Electrodes are the critical components of a fuel cell which enable the electrochemical reactions to occur between hydrogen and oxygen (from air) to generate electricity, heat and water. Laboratory trials of electrodes are on-going and further field trials of improved electrodes are scheduled to begin early next month.

Source: adapted from AFC Energy press release

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