MEAn Technology is comprised of a proprietary means of preparing catalytic nanoparticles and depositing them directly on to fuel cell membrane material prior to platinum loading during the membrane manufacturing process. Membranes are then used to manufacture the Membrane Electrode Assemblies that make up the core of the Low Temperature Proton Exchange Membranes Fuel Cells used in transportation, auxillary, portable and stationary power applications. The placement of nanoparticles addresses a means to boost output power by potentially 40% and delivering a 37% decrease in cost/kW for a fuel cell of equal power with the potential of reducing overall cost for the stack up to 50 %.
Adoption of PEM fuel cells operating on hydrogen and air with platinum catalysts as a potential clean energy solution for transportation and stationary applications is hindered by high cost, the need to increased cold start capability and the ability to operate at lower voltage and operating temperature.
Analysis indicates these nanoparticles inhibit the accumulation and detrimental effects of CO that is created from atmospheric CO2 always present in air. By eliminating CO at the platinum, output power immediately rises by 40%.
Dynamic Supplier Alignment, Inc. and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York executed an exclusive option agreement to negotiate an exclusive commercial license for Gold Nanoparticle Enhancement of Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells as described in Stony Brook University’s Technology File: R-8594 and encompassed by U.S. Patent Application Serial No. 14/724,520 titled “Gold Nanoparticles Enhanced Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell”.
Funded by a PowerBridgeNY Proof-of-Concept Grant, MEAn Technology has delivered nanoparticle enhanced membranes to Fuel Cells Etc. for third party validation testing and Ballard Power for commercial application evaluation as to the claims and merits of this breakthrough technology. Continued commercial validation is expected to provide the reliability and durability data the Fuel Cell Industry requires to qualify the technology for use in commercial architectures, paving the way for MEAn Technologies to produce and/or license the proprietary technology.