Advent Technologies and BASF to scale fuel cell membrane

The membrane electrode assembly is the heart of the fuel cell, determining the overall system performance.

Advent Technologies Holdings, Inc. and Basf New Business GmbH have signed an MoU to develop and scale the production of advanced fuel cell membranes designed for long-term operations under extreme conditions.

Basf goal is to improve the long-term stability of its Celtec® membrane and increase production capacity with advanced technical capabilities to enable further improved and competitive Advent fuel cell systems and membrane electrode assembly (MEA).

Both parties will explore the implementation of high-volume manufacturing for the Celtec membranes, utilize Advent’s fuel cell stack and system testing facilities to assess and qualify the new Celtec® membrane for the SereneU (telecom power), M-ZERO (methane emissions reduction), and Honey Badger (portable power, defence) Advent product families.

Basf also supports the IPCEIs projects such as White Dragon and Green HiPo through materials for power generation, hydrogen generation, and power storage. In addition, BASF will also evaluate the producibility of the ion pair membrane developed in collaboration with Advent and the US Department of Energy.

Dr Vasilis Gregoriou, CEO of Advent Technologies, said, “Our high temperature polymer electrolyte membrane-based MEA is a critical component used in fuel cells and other electrochemistry applications such as CO2-free hydrogen production and energy storage.”

Dr Frank Prechtl, Director at BASF, commented, “Our Celtec® technology is an enabler for Advent’s ambition for innovative fuel cell and hydrogen technologies.”

Ethan Mandel

Ethan is the special correspondent for Europe covering the hydrogen industry for H2 Bulletin. Please click on the email icon to contact me via email or follow me on social media. I am reachable on Phone: +44 (0) 208 123 7812
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