ACAL Energy celebrates 8,000 hours of fuel cell durability testing with no degradation

26 Feb 2013

ACAL Energy, the clean power company behind the world’s first low-cost high performance hydrogen fuel cell, has passed 8,000 hours of testing, the equivalent of 250,000 road miles, without any degradation.

The hydrogen fuel cell was trialled using a heavy-duty automotive industry standard test consisting of a repeated 40 minute journey with air purge cycle. Reaching 8,000 hours of testing without any degradation is an industry first. Hydrogen is now a viable automotive energy source.

Traditional hydrogen (PEM) fuel cells rely on platinum as the catalyst, which over time leads to the cell performance degrading by approximately 28mV per 1,000 hours. ACAL Energy has reengineered the fuel cell design to replace the platinum catalyst with a liquid regenerating catalyst system.  The resulting fuel cell is cheaper, simpler, smaller and more durable than any other hydrogen fuel cell currently on the market.

ACAL Energy is in discussions already with several auto companies about commercialising its technology for use in hydrogen powered cars.  With a range of 1 to 200kW, its technology has the potential to fulfil many other applications such as combined heat and power for homes and businesses and back-up power generation for mobile networks of computer systems.

Greg McCray, CEO of ACAL Energy said: “The team at ACAL Energy has been focused for the last few years on creating a fuel cell that addresses the common degradation issues in PEM fuel cells and achieves commercial durability without being reliant on platinum.   This and the many other benefits removing the platinum from the fuel cell delivers means that for the first time there is real potential for the hydrogen fuelled cars to be viable for the mass market”.

About ACAL Energy

ACAL Energy is a British clean power company with a revolutionary new approach to hydrogen fuel cell technology.

The company has a patented liquid catalyst, FlowCath©, and new fuel cell architecture, which together create a cheaper, smaller, and more durable hydrogen fuel cell. This unique combination makes hydrogen fuel cells commercially viable as a clean energy source for the first time.

Hydrogen is the world’s most abundant element. It is a clean, non-polluting fuel, and is a common by-product of many industrial processes. ACAL Energy will license its technology to the automotive sector and to stationary power industries. 

The company is funded by a mixture of venture and strategic investors including: the Carbon Trust, a key investor in the low carbon technology field: I2BF Global Ventures, an international clean technology asset management group; Solvay, the international chemical group; a large Japanese automotive manufacturer; and the North West Fund for Energy and Environment.

ACAL Energy, a private limited company, was founded in 2004 by Dr Andrew Creeth and Amanda Lyne, and is based in the North West of England.

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