Highly stable PGM-free cathode catalyst paper published

Members of the Pajarito Powder technical team and professors from the University of New Mexico contributed to an article published in the Journal of Power Sources.

“Highly stable precious metal free cathode catalyst for fuel cell application,”  will appear in the September issue of the academic publication.

The highlights of the article touch on the highly stable PGM-free synthesized cathode catalysts and how  their morphology influences activity and stability.

The abstract details the nature of the findings:

“A platinum group metal-free (PGM-free) oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) catalyst engineered for stability has been synthesized using the sacrificial support method (SSM). This catalyst was comprehensively characterized by physiochemical analyses and tested for performance and durability in fuel cell membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs). This catalyst, belonging to the family of Fe-N-C materials, is easily scalable and can be manufactured in batches up to 200 g. The fuel cell durability tests were performed in a single cell configuration at realistic operating conditions of 0.65 V, 1.25 atmgauge air, and 90% RH for 100 h. In-depth characterization of surface chemistry and morphology of the catalyst layer before and after durability tests were performed. The failure modes of the PGM-free electrodes were derived from structure-to-property correlations. It is suggested that under constant voltage operation, the performance loss results from degradation of the electrode pore structure, while under carbon corrosion accelerated test protocols the failure mode is catalyst corrosion.”

Authors of the article include Alexey Serov, Plamen Atanasov, members of Pajarito Powder’s Technical Advisory Board, Michael J. Workmana, Kateryna Artyushkova, as well as Pajarito Powder CEO & Chairman, Tom Stephenson, CTO & President, Barr Halevi, and contributing staff members Geoffrey McCool, Sam McKinney, & Henry Romero.

The article is currently available, for 30 days, for free at the Journal of Power Sources:

 

Pajarito Powder to Exhibit at Hannover Messe

Pajarito Powder, LLC announced it is part of the largest-ever U.S. delegation to Hannover Messe, the world’s foremost trade fair for industrial technology, taking place April 25-29, in Hannover, Germany. For the first time in the fair’s history the United States will be a Partner Country.

Pajarito Powder invites its customers and partners to meet at the HYDROGEN+ FUEL CELL+BATTERIES Group Exhibit, in Hall 27, C66 at booth D31. A map of the hall is available here.

Pajarito Powder engineers and manufactures catalysts and advanced Engineered Carbon Supports (ECS), dramatically reducing or eliminating the need for precious metals in catalysts. The Pajarito Powder team will be on-site, hosting meetings with customers and partners in the fuel cell industry. The primary focus is on customers and partners attending the event, which begins on April 25 and runs until April 29.

Pajarito Powder will present at the Technical Forum, Tuesday April 26, at 13:20 on

“Engineered Carbon Supports for low precious-metal-content catalysts,” as well as at the Public Forum, on Thursday April 28, at 14:20, on the “True value proposition of low-platinum catalysts.”

Pajarito Powder is exhibiting two flagship products, PHC-3000, the company’s new Engineered Carbon Support (ECS) – being launched at the show – for ultra-low platinum catalysts designed for high-power applications where durability and performance are uncompromising, and NPC-2000, a precious-metal-free catalyst that substantially reduces the cost of catalysts for lower power applications. .

Chairman and CEO Thomas J. Stephenson stated, “The Hannover Messe is the premier industrial show in the world and provides Pajarito Powder with an enviable opportunity to showcase our innovative products to not only our European customers, but the entire world.”

This is the third year that Pajarito Powder exhibits at the Hannover Messe, thanks in part to assistance from a United States Trade Administration program, managed by the New Mexico Economic Development Department, that partially offsets the cost of trade shows for advanced technology New Mexico companies.

Pajarito Powder to Exhibit at Fuel Cell Expo

March 2 – Pajarito Powder invites customers and partners to meet at the 12th International Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Expo, or “Fuel Cell Expo 2016,” hosted at Tokyo Big Site, at booth E33-35, and part of World Smart Energy Week, in Tokyo, Japan.

Pajarito Powder engineers and manufactures catalysts and advanced Engineered Carbon Supports (ECS), dramatically reducing or eliminating the need for precious metals in catalysts. The Pajarito Powder team will be on-site, hosting meetings with customers and partners in the fuel cell industry. The primary focus is on customers and partners attending the event, which begins on March 2 and runs until March 4.

Pajarito Powder is exhibiting two flagship products, NPC-2000, a precious-metal-free catalyst that substantially reduces the cost of catalysts for lower power applications and PHC-3000, the company’s new Engineered Carbon Support (ECS) for ultra-low platinum catalysts designed for high-power applications where durability and performance are uncompromising.

Chairman and CEO Thomas J. Stephenson started, “Fuel Cell Expo is a very important event for Pajarito Powder, one that provides us with exceptional opportunities to meet with many of our Asia customers and partners in one location over a compact time-frame.”

This is the fourth year that Pajarito Powder attends Fuel Cell Expo, thanks in part to assistance from a United States Trade Administration program, managed by the New Mexico Economic Development Department, that partially offsets the cost of trade shows for advanced technology New Mexico companies.

Pajarito Powder, LLC Announces Precious-Metal-Free Fuel Cell Catalysts Licensing Arrangement with Los Alamos National Laboratory

Pajarito Powder, LLC (PPC), manufacturer of advanced Engineered Carbon Supports and catalysts Fuel Cells, has entered into a licensing arrangement with Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos) to transfer, evaluate and commercialize the world’s leading precious-metal-free fuel cell catalysts developed by Piotr Zelenay and Hoon Taek Chung of Materials Synthesis and Integrated Devices at Los Alamos. “This licensing arrangement with Los Alamos nicely enhances Pajarito Powder’s intellectual property with regard to platinum-free catalyst development, our core focus”, said Thomas J. Stephenson, PPC’s CEO and Chairman. Platinum has historically represented a high-cost component of fuel cell technology, thereby preventing wide-scale adoption. Incremental improvements in the activity and durability of platinum-free engineered carbon supports are contributing to the global maturation of the industry, and promoting development of manufacturing capacity in the United States. “These patents lay the groundwork for future development of platinum-free catalysts,” stated Zelenay who is a Los Alamos fellow and contributor to the patent work. Zelenay has been at the forefront of developing precious-metal-free fuel cell catalyst. His original work is published in the scholarly magazine Science, “High-Performance Electrocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction Derived from Polyaniline, Iron, and Cobalt”. Please review the original publication, here.

Pajarito Powder Welcomes Dr. Jean-Pol Dodelet to its Technical Advisory Board

Pajarito Powder is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Jean-Pol Dodelet to its Technical Advisory Board. Dr. Dodelet is Professor of Physical Chemistry at L’Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS) Canada. He received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 1969 from L’Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium). At INRS in the 1990s he became interested in non-noble metal electrocatalysts. In the last several years, Dr. Dodelet collaborated with General Motors as Industrial Research Chair in electrocatalysis, sponsored by General Motors of Canada and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

“Dr. Dodelet brings significant experience with non-noble metal electrocatalysts and electrocatalysis, which complements PPC’s technical advisory group’s knowledge base. We look forward to his input as we continue developing our work manufacturing advanced engineered carbon supports for fuel cell catalysts,” said Thomas J. Stephenson, Pajarito Powder, LLC’s, CEO & Chairman.

Pajarito Powder Selected for $2.79M Project from Department of Energy’s ARPA-E Program.

Pajarito Powder was selected to lead a  $2,790,000 project from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) OPEN call to scientists and engineers for transformational technologies. PPC will, in conjunction with its partners, develop a reversible hydrogen electrode that would enable cost-effective hydrogen production and reversible fuel cells. PPC will be partnering in this effort with IRD USA, Northeastern University, Proton OnSite and the University of New Mexico.

In a press release issued December 3, 2015, Senators Udall and Heinrich provide full details:

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich congratulated two New Mexico businesses on receiving $6.2 million to jump-start innovative energy projects. Pajarito Powder, based in Albuquerque, is receiving $2,790,000 to develop a cost-effective regenerative hydrogen electrode for fuel-cell vehicles. Tibbar Technologies of Los Alamos has been awarded $3,500,000 to create a low-cost transformer for HVDC transmission.

The projects were selected for funding through the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) open call to scientists and engineers for transformational technologies that help advance economic prosperity, national security and environmental well-being. ARPA-E funds innovative technologies that display promise for both technical and commercial impact, but are too early for private-sector investment. U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced the funding, which is part of a $125 million award to 41 cutting-edge energy technologies nationwide.

“Clean energy innovation is helping create high-tech jobs and grow New Mexico’s economy,” Udall said. “I’m proud that Pajarito Powder and Tibbar Technologies are rising to the challenge and helping our nation build a secure energy future. Investing in alternative energy development also helps us fight climate change, and I’ll continue to support smart investments in New Mexico innovators.”

“This investment will support private research and development projects that will spur innovation to help modernize our electric grid and provide clean-energy solutions to combat climate disruption,”Heinrich said. “New Mexico’s history of ingenuity and creating new technology drives our economy and contributes to our great nation. By developing new ways to generate, deliver, store and use energy, we not only create jobs, but we also inspire the next generation of STEM leaders and entrepreneurs.”

Details on the two projects are below:

Precious Metal Free Regenerative Hydrogen Electrode for Fuel-Cell Vehicles

Pajarito Powder, LLC | Albuquerque, N.M. | $2,790,000

Pajarito Powder and its team will develop a reversible hydrogen electrode that would enable cost-effective hydrogen production and reversible fuel cells. The key to this technology is the replacement of precious metal catalysts with less expensive and more abundant base metal catalysts to dramatically lower the costs of electrolyzers and fuel cells.

Plasma-based AC-DC Transformer for HVDC Transmission 

Tibbar Technologies | Los Alamos, N.M. | $3,500,000

Tibbar Technologies will develop an AC-DC transformer that uses no capacitors or semiconductor switches. The device will rely on helical coils that induce output current and voltage through electrodes at the ends of plasma. The resulting devices have the potential to be half the cost and yield power densities 10 times higher than state-of-the-art transformers, potentially providing an innovative new enabling technology for HVDC transmission.

Pajarito Powder Presents at Fuel Cell Seminar

Pajarito Powder was pleased to attend and present at the recent Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition which took place at the Westin Bonaventure, Los Angeles,  November 10-13, 2014. This was PPC’s third year participating in the Fuel Cell Seminar. Several PPC team members attended, where they presented as well as met with current and potential customers. 

PPC Chief Scientist Alexey Serov presented to a group of around 30 FC Expo seminar participants on“Deployment of Non-Platinum Catalysts in PEM Fuel Cells” PEM Fuel Cells” (Abstract 135), during session R&D22 on Tuesday, November 11th from 3PM to 5PM.  Dr. Serov, the primary inventor of the formulations upon which PPC’s products are based, is one of the world’s leading non-PGM catalyst researchers. As a Research Assistant Professor of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering at the University of New Mexico, he is author or co-author of 5+ of the patents underlying the company’s technology, as well as numerous associated peer-reviewed publications, and has several relevant additional filings and publications in progress.

Pajarito Powder’s presentation was the only one from a commercial entity non-PGM catalysts, and was the only presentation from the US on the topic as well. Dr. Serov’s presentation generated a high level of interest and questions on various applications for non-PGM catalysts.

The growth of the fuel cell industry as a whole was evident, as exemplified by the presentation from Toyota in anticipation of their announcements the following week at the LA Auto Show for pricing of fuel cell cars and investment in Hydrogen infrastructure. The entire fuel cell industry is clearly ripe for growth and opportunity in the forseeable future.

Dr. Barr Halevi Presents at Fuel Cell Seminar

Pajarito Powder’s Barr Halevi recently presented Deployable Precious Metal Free Low Temperature Fuel Cell Catalysts, at the Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition held November 16-19th at Los Angeles’ Westin Bonaventure Hotel. The Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition is the premier U.S. conference for the fuel cell and hydrogen industry, and attracts an international audience. The Fuel Cell Seminar features the latest fuel cell and hydrogen products, technical and market research, policy updates and commercialization strategies for all applications and market sectors.  The Fuel Cell Seminar is the foremost event for networking with industry representatives, customers, stakeholders and decision makers interested in the clean, reliable, resilient power potential of fuel cells.

Dr. Halevi presented recent advances in deployable precious metal-free catalysts. In addition to updates on the state-of-the art in non-PGM catalysts Dr. Halevi highlighted the recent release of manganese-based catalysts with excellent selectivity, stability, and compatibility with membranes and ionomers. He also showed improved performance of prototype CCM and MEA’s available from Pajarito to allow rapid sampling of Pajarito catalysts.

To view more about the Fuel Cell & Energy Exposition, click HERE.

Pajarito Powder Welcomes Dr. Sanjeev Murkejee to Its Technical Advisory Board

Pajarito Powder is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Sanjeev Mukerjee to its Technical Advisory Board.  Dr. Mukerjee is a recognized world expert in research on non-PGM catalysts for fuel cells and low loaded platinum catalysts and is a full professor of physical/materials chemistry in the College of Science and Director of the Laboratory for Electrochemical Advanced Power (LEAP) at Northeastern University. The research activity in Dr. Mukerjee’s group is an interdisciplinary approach encompassing the areas of solid state chemistry, spectroscopy, and electrochemistry of electrode materials for electrochemical energy conversion and storage.

Dr. Mukerjee received his PhD from Texas A&M University and his M. Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. He is the 2013 recipient of the NEU Excellence in Research and Creativity Award in 2013.

Press Release: Pajarito Powder, LLC Joins Industry in Celebrating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day

Fuel Cells Now Mainstream With Growing Markets Calls for Congress to Extend Tax Credits

(Albuquerque, New Mexico) – October 8, 2015 – Today, Pajarito Powder, LLC (PPC) joins the nation in celebrating National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day to raise awareness of fuel cell and hydrogen technologies that provide reliable and resilient power, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and increase America’s energy security.

The 8th of October was chosen to observe National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day in recognition of the atomic weight of hydrogen (1.008).

Fuel cells utilize hydrogen and hydrogen rich fuels in a chemical reaction without combustion to generate electricity in a way that is clean, efficient and quiet.

“Pajarito Powder is proud to be one of many companies and organizations participating in National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day,” said Tom Stephenson, PPC’s CEO and Chairman. “We are part of a robust industry and proud of the growing role of this proven technology in providing sustainable transportation, improved business operations, and resilient power.”

PPC is a venture-backed company founded with the mission of being the world’s first commercial manufacturer of drop-in replacement non-platinum fuel cell catalysts. Existing catalysts are made with platinum, an exorbitantly expensive substance with a turbulent and precarious supply chain. Working with some of the world’s leading catalyst research facilities, PPC delivers catalysts made of widely available and inexpensive materials with the performance and durability needed for today’s applications.

The continued growth of this industry is in America’s strong national interest. “To sustain this growth, we ask Congress to extend the tax credits for fuel cell electric vehicles, hydrogen fueling stations, and distributed generation applications, placing fuel cell vehicles on an equal footing with other electric vehicles,” added Stephenson.

“The future is now,” said Morry Markowitz, President of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA). “The industry has grown tremendously as fuel cell electric vehicles become available in the showroom, stationary applications continue to grow, and other markets such as material handling are taking off. Today we are celebrating the contributions fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies have made towards our nation’s new energy future.”

For more information on National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, and the participating organizations, please go to www.hydrogenfuelcellday.org.

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