A growing industry

As fuel cells are being increasingly deployed around the world, Catacel is at the forefront of this growing industry. Hydrogen producers are eager for new technologies that reduce fuel consumption, and Catacel’s structured catalyst technology is at the core of many of these systems.

The fuel cell market makes up 70 to 80 percent of Catacel’s business, and with the industry growing at 30 percent a year, the company is in the right place at the right time, offering the right solution.

To learn more about Catacel and how it has strategically positioned itself for growth, see the article about the company in the Business Journal, click here. 


March 28th, 2014|

Catacel continues to grow at a record pace – and Forbes takes notice

Demand for Catacel products has driven a 50 percent growth rate at the company in the last three years. In fact, the company’s rapid ascent has garnered the attention of Forbes magazine, which mentioned Catacel as an example of a high-growth company that is successfully dealing with expansion.

As we continue down the path to growth, we expect you’ll be hearing more about us from major media outlets.

To read the Forbes article, click here.

March 6th, 2014|

Catacel Continues Engineering Expansion

Catacel is pleased to welcome Jonathan Park, BSChE, to its technology team. With more than 10 years of experience in both research and process engineering, Jon brings to Catacel his unique blend of entrepreneurial spirit and practical ability. He has managed projects from conception to commercialization, including several large process design projects. He has also applied his expertise to a range of industries, from pharmaceuticals to biofuels, most recently leading the design for a 50-million-gallon/year Ethanol project in Latin America.

In his role as senior process engineer, Jon will work with Catacel’s technology team in the design, development and continuous improvement of Catacel’s processes for the manufacture of compact reactors, heat exchanging catalytic components and structured catalysts used in industrial hydrogen and syngas production, fuel cell power units, gas separation and air quality systems.

Catacel is recognized worldwide as a leader […]

February 13th, 2014|

Catacel vows to reduce prototype lead times 40 percent

Reaction technology company Catacel Corp. has launched an initiative to significantly reduce the time it takes to design and fabricate prototype reactors for its growing list of global fuel cell, industrial gas and process technology clientele.  Catacel is so serious about this initiative that it made this accomplishment one of five 2014 strategic priorities for which its management team is accountable.

“Development of prototype-structured catalysts and compact reactors is a very important line of business for Catacel,” says David Becker, Catacel vice president of manufacturing. “We are involved in a range of programs, from small test bed components to reactors for large fuel cell systems and hydrogen generators. The push for faster delivery has become very pronounced. We will intensify our focus on acquisition and development of the equipment, subcontractors, and plant resources and systems needed to accelerate design and […]

January 30th, 2014|

Catacel heavy with ‘light’ reformer projects

In the second half of 2013, Catacel Corp. engaged in multiple fuel cell programs to design and build compact fuel reformers using its proprietary catalyst-on-foil technology. These active projects use natural gas and methanol as fuels, use active heat sources or operate adiabatically and cover applications from 5kW backup power to more than 200kW primary power.

“The high level of interest and current range of projects underscore the indisputable benefit and scalability of heat exchanging structured catalyst technology,” says William Whittenberger, PE, president and CTO of Catacel Corp. “Fuel cell system designers and integrators are now, more than ever, recognizing that structured catalyst technology delivers mission-critical fuel efficiency, compact packaging and extended service life advantages. The reductions in pressure drop typical of our technology enable designers to use more conventional, lower-cost blowers and BoP, as well. End of day, reformers […]

January 16th, 2014|

Catalyst Options Continue to Increase

Catacel is widely known for steam methane reforming catalysts that are used for industrial hydrogen generation. Much has been written about the burner fuel reduction and throughput increases that Catacel SSR® has demonstrated in industrial hydrogen reformers. But did you know that Catacel produces catalysts for a variety of feeds, including methane, wet methane and propane? And now, a new methanol steam reforming catalyst is in the final stage of development and will be introduced early in 2014.

In addition to proven steam reforming catalysts, Catacel produces a partial oxidation catalyst (CPOx) that is used in fuel cell systems for the production of heat and hydrogen. Other oxidation catalyst systems produced by Catacel include several combustion catalysts, as well as tailgas oxidizing catalysts. The tailgas oxidizing catalysts are used in fuel cells to eliminate trace hydrogen and carbon monoxide from […]

November 18th, 2013|

New plant, technology center reflect Catacel’s growth

Catacel Corporation, a rapidly growing, high-performance catalyst manufacturer, welcomed the community, investors and clients to tour its new Ravenna, Ohio-based plant and technology center on Nov. 1. The expansive facilities allow the company to increase its manufacturing capacity while continuing to innovate within its field.

“Advanced technology companies across the state are hard at work solving tough energy and environmental problems,” Bill Hagstrand, NorTech’s director of cluster acceleration, told the attendees. “Catacel, with its cutting-edge technology and product base in advanced energy and hydrogen production, is becoming a significant contributor to the global advanced energy industry.”

The company’s annual growth rate has exceeded 50 percent over the past three years.

“In the past year, Catacel has been adding equipment and employees to keep up with customer demand,” said Catacel CEO J. Gary McDaniel, noting that the new plant enables the company to grow “10-fold […]

November 7th, 2013|

Catacel and DJW Technology Partner on CPOx Hydrogen Generator

When a global fuel cell company sought to develop a catalytic partial oxidation (CPOx) system that will generate hydrogen-rich syngas at almost any altitude, temperature or humidity condition found on Earth, it turned to Catacel for its compact catalytic reactor technology. For assistance with the system engineering, including the balance of plant and the control system architecture, Catacel turned to DJW Technology LLC of Dublin, Ohio. Catacel and DJW Technology engineers worked closely with the customer in the design, packaging, demonstration and delivery of the hydrogen generator, which will now undergo life testing at the customer’s facility in the United States.

The generator is designed for natural gas or anaerobic digester gas (ADG, 60 percent CH4 / 40 percent CO2) feedstock, converting it via partial oxidation to a hydrogen-rich syngas. CPOx technology was selected as the fuel reforming method over […]

October 14th, 2013|

Benefits of structured catalysts for methane reforming to be presented at 2013 FCS&EE

Stationary fuel cell system integrators will be interested in a presentation delivered by Haridas Attur, MSME, of Catacel Corp., at the 2013 Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition Oct. 21-24 in Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A. Attur will report on key performance comparisons of Catacel’s foil-based, heat exchanging SSR® steam methane reforming catalyst system and traditional catalysts supported on ceramic substrates.

By presenting laboratory test data and actual results demonstrated by commercial systems using SSR, Attur will demonstrate the relationship between the superior heat exchange and pressure drop properties of SSR, and the fuel reformer durability, size reduction and increased energy efficiency that many fuel cell platforms need to successfully commercialize.

Catacel’s structured catalysts are based upon proven catalysts coated onto high-surface-area foil supports to provide superior system performance. This is especially true when the catalyst structure is designed to combine catalytic and […]

September 30th, 2013|

Catacel starts production at new plant adds quality auditor

High-performance catalyst manufacturer Catacel Corp. commenced manufacturing operations for its global clientele on Sept. 9 in its new 22,000-square-foot facility in Ravenna, Ohio.

This first production run concludes a 10-day move cycle in which Catacel’s array of precision metal forming, thermal processing, catalyst formulation and materials handling equipment was relocated from its plant in nearby Garrettsville. Also moved was a series of high temperature laboratory reactors where Catacel’s novel foil-supported catalytic materials are developed and tested. Subsequent to this move, Catacel filled its first new position in the Ravenna plant with the promotion of Cindy Custer to the position of quality auditor.

“Cindy has been closely associated with Catacel’s ISO 9000-certified quality program, first as a production operator, and later as an internal quality systems auditor,” says Brian Davis, CQE, Catacel’s quality manager. “Her role now will be to ensure Catacel’s […]

September 18th, 2013|