New equipment orders keep Catacel prepped for growth

Structured catalyst manufacturer Catacel is purchasing a wide range of new equipment that will enable the fast-growing company to stay ahead of increasing customer orders. The Ravenna, Ohio-based company continues to see a surge of interest in its products, which include high heat transfer catalyst technology for hydrogen and syngas production, and fuel processing systems for stationary fuel cells.

“Continuous improvement of Catacel’s production lines assures that customer orders – whether for long-run supply or demonstration prototypes – can be fulfilled on time and at the stringent levels of quality customers expect,” says Dave Becker, Catacel’s vice president of manufacturing. “Our process engineers are always thinking ahead to the systems and equipment we need to employ to stay at the forefront of high-performance catalysts. It’s been nonstop investment since we moved into our new plant in September 2013. We are […]

August 20th, 2014|

Catacel SSR chosen for two additional commercial reformers

Catacel’s foil-supported steam reforming catalyst system, trade-named Catacel SSR®, is delivering significant performance benefits to two commercial steam reformers in Turkey and Mexico. And in late 2014, these will be joined by two larger steam reformers, one in in the USA and the other in Brazil. The SSR system was chosen by these plant operators because SSR delivers heat transfer about 35 percent higher than typical pellet catalysts, at a similar pressure drop. Depending on the plant design, this higher heat transfer can be used to decrease tube temperatures by 50°C or more, reducing fuel consumption in the furnace by 20 percent or more, or enabling an increase in throughput in the reformer by 15 percent or more.
Catalyst-coated foil structures in the reformer tube improve heat transfer by continuously directing flow toward the tube wall. Impingement of the gas […]

July 28th, 2014|

Catacel notes from the 2014 European Fuel Cell Forum

Catacel managers Larry Cirjak, Ph.D., and Don Lensner participated in the 11th European Fuel Cell Forum in Lucerne, Switzerland, July 1-4.

The focus of the event was “Solid Oxide Fuel Cell and Electrolysers: Key enabling technologies for sustainable energy scenarios.” Reports and presentations at the conference confirmed that fuel cell research and development in Europe are benefiting from substantial investment by the European Commission, with a 50:50 EU-industry budget of $1.8 billion over the next 10 years. Major initiatives include improving the efficiency of stationary power generation and demonstrating the viability of large-scale hydrogen production from renewable energy sources.

Significant reductions in lowering the operating temperatures of solid oxide fuel cells over the last 10 years without sacrificing power density are putting this technology on the path to commercial viability. It is now envisioned that continued development along those lines could […]

July 23rd, 2014|

Fuel cell market is growing rapidly

For the past 20 years, the mantra within the fuel cell market has been, “Within three years, fuel cells will be mainstream.” At the 2014 Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition Symposium, four expert industry insiders gave proof that the wait is over.

The OFCC Symposium took place June 10-11 and attracted fuel cell manufacturers, integrators and industry suppliers from across the country. The keynote address was delivered by Robert Rose, executive director of Breakthrough Technologies Institute Inc. Rose’s address focused on the rapid growth of fuel cell adoption for residential, commercial and automotive applications in Japan, where fuel cell manufacturers are concurrently increasing system exports to Europe.

Chris McWhinney, CEO of Millennium Reign Energy LLC, gave additional evidence of the rapid growth of fuel cells for motive and stationary applications, but from the perspective of his company’s production of compact hydrogen generators […]

June 26th, 2014|

Whittenberger relates Catacel – NASA ties at YSU Sustainable Energy Forum

Catacel President and CTO William A. Whittenberger spoke at the Youngstown State University Sustainable Energy Forum June 2-3, 2014. 

The fifth annual forum hosted more than 200 academicians, energy industry leaders, government officials and entrepreneurs. The forum focused on technology that is imminently ready for commercialization, especially those technologies that will have a near-term positive impact on commercial, industrial and residential energy savings.

Whittenberger spoke to the fact that regional development, as it relates to energy and manufacturing, is best served when there is a strong partnership between the public and private sectors. His case in point was Catacel’s outreach to NASA Glenn Research Center to solve a thorny problem.

“We had been running Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling at YSU for about a year on our structured industrial steam methane reforming catalyst in an attempt to characterize it and make predictions […]

June 12th, 2014|

Catacel to exhibit at European Fuel Cell Forum

Catacel commercial and technology managers will attend the 11th European SOFC & SOE Forum in Lucerne, Switzerland, July 1-4. This marks the first time Catacel has exhibited at the event, where it will display and discuss examples of the heat exchanging, thin-foil structured catalysts and compact reactors it fabricates for fuel cell applications.

“We accelerated our catalyst development program in response to alternate fuels and fuel compositions that are typical in Europe, Asia, North America and elsewhere,” says Larry Cirjak, Ph.D., Catacel’s director of reaction technology. “For example, the commonly used term ‘city gas’ translates to different compositions in different locales. Put the expanding use of butane, propane and liquefied gases into the mix, and it becomes necessary to have catalysts available to reform all these feedstocks into syngas that are acceptable to the fuel cell stack. We are pleased […]

May 27th, 2014|

Catacel SSR featured by NASA’s Spinoff

Stackable Structural Reactor (SSR®), the breakthrough structured catalyst for steam methane reforming manufactured by Ohio-based Catacel Corp., is one of the products featured by Spinoff 2013, NASA’s premier annual publication featuring successfully commercialized technologies.  The article recounts the early days of the development of SSR, which was originally targeted for jet fuel reforming for fuel cells aboard commercial aircraft. In the course of research on reduced emissions auxiliary power units, undertaken at NASA Glenn Research Center, the Glenn team partnered with Catacel Corp., first through the Glenn Alliance Technology Exchange program, and later through a Space Act Agreement. NASA program engineers determined that Catacel’s SSR demonstrated a two-times-higher heat transfer rate than industry-standard catalysts, meaning the fuel reforming process could take place at lower temperatures and produce the same amount of reformate, with significantly less energy expended.

On the strength […]

May 15th, 2014|

Catacel Recognized for Plant Renovations

Site acquisition and renovations began early in 2013, and months of interior and exterior renovations and improvements were made to the 80,000-square-foot facility before Catacel moved into it in September.

Recognition of this effort was made by the chamber and the state on the basis of Catacel’s beautification of the facility, and its commitment to entrepreneurship and job creation in the community.

Catacel designs and manufactures structured catalysts, a technology in which catalysts are coated onto thin foil structures and used in systems ranging from stationary fuel cells to industrial hydrogen steam methane reformers. Catacel’s structured catalysts typically move heat into or away from a catalytic reaction with much higher efficiency than legacy technology, catalyst-coated ceramic pellets.

Superior heat transfer and reduced pressure drop means fuel consumption for endothermic reactions such as steam methane reforming can be reduced by as much as […]

April 25th, 2014|

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|