Pajarito Powder Recipient of 2017 SBIR Research Grant

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Pajarito Powder Recipient of 2017 SBIR Research Grant

June 14th, 2017 • Posted by PPCPermalink

Pajarito Powder is proud to announce that it is a recipient of a Small Business and Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant for 2017. As an SBIR grant recipient, Pajarito Powder ranks among a small number of firms who have been Federally recognized for their potential to improve existing technologies surrounding fuel cell catalysts.

The SBIR Grant, awarded by a subsidiary of the U.S. Department of Energy, is intended for small businesses that have the potential to stimulate technological innovation and meet Federal R&D goals. The grant can be awarded in three phases; Phase I is meant to demonstrate a successful proof-of-concept, with those who succeed receiving a larger award in Phase II. Phase III is for technologies that have advanced enough to where they are ready for commercialization.

Pajarito Powder was awarded a Phase I grant for its potential to develop, implement and scale-up an innovative approach to building Durable Active Carbon Support systems (DACSs). The DACSs are heavily modified Precious-Metal-Free catalysts that, because of their sophisticated composition, reduce the overall amount of platinum needed. Dr. Alexey Serov, Chief Scientist at Pajarito Powder, says that the team’s approach will reduce “both carbon corrosion and platinum dissolution, increasing the overall durability of the fuel cell”.

Successful execution on the proof-of-concept in Phase I will allow Pajarito Powder to apply for Phase II of SBIR funding. “This project fits nicely with our core competencies as a company, and that’s great”, commented Dr. Alia Lubers, Pajarito Powder’s Catalyst Manufacturing Manager.

 

Pajarito Powder Makes Inaugural Appearance at HFC 2017 in Vancouver

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Pajarito Powder Makes Inaugural Appearance at HFC 2017 in Vancouver

June 12th, 2017 • Posted by PPCPermalink

The biennial Hydrogen and fuel cells summit was held this past week in Vancouver, Canada, with the intention of building awareness around the economic, environmental and social benefits of hydrogen and fuel cells.

The title for this year’s summit was: The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Renewal: Clean Cars, Clean Power, Clean Solutions, and Pajarito Powder’s Chairman and CEO Thomas J. Stephenson took the opportunity to describe the unique approach taken by engineers at Pajarito Powder during the conference’s open presentation session. “Our PEM catalysts have the ability to increase performance and dramatically lower the costs, by substantially reducing the amount of platinum,” commented Mr. Stephenson during his presentation. “We do this by focusing on the forgotten partner of the catalyst system, the carbon support material”.

Dr. Yun Li, Pajarito Powder’s China Market Liaison, also attended the conference and drew attention to Pajarito Powder’s advances in PEM Fuel Cell research, as well as the company’s new initiatives in China. “Our new contacts wish to stay updated on Pajarito Powder’s progress, and even asked for recommendations for MEA companies,” recalled Dr. Yun after the conference.

 

This video and other updates are also available via Twitter at @PajaritoPowder

 

Pajarito Powder to Show a Strong Presence at North American Catalysis Society Conference

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Pajarito Powder to Show a Strong Presence at North American Catalysis Society Conference

June 5th, 2017 • Posted by PPC • Permalink

The North American Catalysis Society hosts its 25th biennial conference at the Hyatt Convention Center in Denver, Colorado from June 4th -9th. The conference is the premier scientific event in the field of catalysis research and development in 2017.

Pajarito Powder is center stage at the six-day event, as a sponsor, co-chairing two sessions at the conference, displaying papers and posters demonstrating the frontier of fuel cell and electrolyzer catalysis research, and supporting social media coverage.

Dr. Barr Zulevi, President and Chief Technology Officer at Pajarito Powder, is co-chairing two of the Catalysts for Fuel Cells sessions and commented “I’m excited and privileged to facilitate these sessions since NAM25 is the premier catalyst conference in North America and the session presentations will be excellent.” Links to the sessions co-chaired by Dr. Zulevi, as well as the research presented in each session, are found via the links below:

Sessions Co-chaired by Dr. Zulevi:

Several of Pajarito Powder’s engineers will present research at the conference. The topics presented include “Economical MOF-Based Precious-Metal Free Oxygen Reduction Reaction Catalysts, Durable Engineered Carbon Supports, and Controlled Structure Manufacturing of Porous Carbons.” Abstracts for the research presented by the Pajarito Powder team can be found on the conference website at the locations, below:

In addition to being a sponsor of NAM25, its presence on social media will be facilitated and supported by Pajarito Powder. “Social media presence is a great opportunity to expand reach to members and increase contribution toward catalysis research in North America,” commented Thomas J. Stephenson, CEO and Chairman, about Pajarito Powder’s social media support. “We’ll acknowledge sponsors, presenters, and contributors on Twitter, further promoting discussion around catalyst development.”

Please follow developments at the conference as they unfold via Twitter through @NAmCatSoc and #NAM25.

 

Dr. Alexey Serov to present at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2017 DOE Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluations Meeting

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Dr. Alexey Serov to present at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2017 DOE Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluations Meeting

June 1st, 2017 • Posted by PPC • Permalink

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) 2017 Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting (AMR) for the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program and the Vehicle Technologies Office will be held on June 5–9, 2017, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C.  Pajarito Powder’s Alexey Serov will present, sharing results of the second and final year of his project on “Development of PGM-free Catalysts for Hydrogen Oxidation Reaction in Alkaline Media,” awarded for June 2015 through August 2017.

He will be presenting on Wednesday, June 7th, at 3:15 PM.
This project is a joint development of PGM-free anodic materials for hydrogen oxidation (University of New Mexico), scaling up synthesis of these materials (Pajarito Powder), making new anion exchange ionomer (Los Alamos National Laboratory), and finally integration of catalysts and ionomers into Anion Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (AEMFC) electrode (EWII Fuel Cell, LLC). During the first year, the team showed steady progress on making Ni-based anodes with state-of-the-art performance in HOR determined by Rotating Disk Electrode. All milestones and Go/No-Go decisions were successfully passed by members of Dr. Serov’s team, which resulted in high score evaluations by peer reviewers.

To view the report, please visit here.

This year’s presentation will be devoted to results of Membrane Electrode Assembly development, design of catalytic layer, and understanding of the water management in AEMFCs. Alexey will show the performance of AEMFCs operated at selected fuel cell conditions which are at least 4 times higher than any previously published data.

For more details on AMR, please visit.

 

Hanover Messe 2017: Pajarito Powder Advances its Value Proposition through its Varipore Engineered Catalyst Support.

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Hanover Messe 2017: Pajarito Powder Advances its Value Proposition through its Varipore Engineered Catalyst Support.

May 24th, 2017 • Posted by PPC • Permalink

Hannover Messe, the world’s leading trade show on industrial technology, took place in the final week of April, and Pajarito Powder took advantage of the gathering to demonstrate its advances in Engineered Catalyst Support (ECS), made possible by its proprietary VariPore™ process for developing catalysts.  Pajarito Powder exhibited for the fourth consecutive year as part of the Group Exhibit: Hydrogen + Fuel Cells + Batteries at Hannover Messe.

Dr. Alia Lubers, Pajarito Powder’s Catalyst Manufacturing Manager, provided an invited Technical Forum presentation covering the clear advantages of using the VariPore™ approach to building ECSs, stating “We can improve upon conventional Platinum on Carbon catalysts, not only in performance but also in durability and stability. Additionally, because our VariPore™ method is scalable, we can address affordability.”

Dr. Lubers’ full presentation is available here.

Thomas Stephenson, Chairman and CEO of Pajarito Powder, drove the point home by providing perspective on how the evolution of the automotive industry will be led by developers who can not only innovate methods for catalyst development, but who can also do so economically. “We focus on engineering our catalyst supports from the ground up. This allows for a high degree of customization that’s cost effective at higher volumes” he stated when asked what makes Pajarito Powder’s approach unique.

The presentation can be found on the H2FC website, here.

The firm also demonstrates confidence in its VariPore™ approach with its Precious Metal Free (PMF) Catalysts that are appropriate for lower power density applications. The high degree of customization and scalability in the PMF catalysts are sure to position the company at the forefront of the economic development of fuel cells.

Pajarito Powder also debuted its latest research in the field of electrolyzers, specifically the development of electrodes for alkaline electrolyzers. This research is being done in conjunction with Universities and various labs around the United States of America, and remains in its development phases, with samples available soon for key partners.