AGC (a leading manufacturer of glass, chemicals and high-tech materials) has received the “Industrial Contribution Award of the FCDIC Honoring System for FY 2021” from the Fuel Cell Development Information Center for its FORBLUETM i-series electrolyte polymer dispersion for fuel cells in recognition of its contributions to fuel cell development and related industry advancement.
FORBLUETM i-series is a fluorinated electrolyte polymer dispersion developed by AGC Group based on its ion-exchange membrane technology cultivated by its long experience in the chloro-alkali business. It is used for electrodes and electrolyte membranes in automotive fuel cells.
AGC’s FORBLUETM i-series has improved the performance of conventional polymers and is more durable and cost-effective than conventional fluorinated polymers.
In electrode applications, AGC’s unique design technologies for fluoropolymers have made it possible to significantly reduce the amount of platinum used as a catalyst in electrodes. These technologies have been highly evaluated and are used in the electrodes of the second-generation MIRAI, a fuel cell vehicle of Toyota Motor Corporation.
The AGC Group has set the promotion of sustainability management as one of the key strategies in its medium-term management plan AGC plus-2023 and is committed to contributing to solving social issues through its materials innovation. AGC will continue to research and develop this product, FORBLUETM i-series, and aims to improve the performance of prevailing fuel cell vehicles and realise a hydrogen society, together with work to reduce GHG emissions through our business activities.