Catacel featured on

Catacel was recently featured on, a leading web-based science, research and technology news service, in an article titled “NASA is catalyst for hydrogen technology.”

According to the article, in 2004, Catacel was developing a catalyst that could potentially benefit a fuel reforming project that NASA’s Glenn Research Center was working on with Boeing. At that time, Catacel did not possess all the hardware it needed to test and develop what was potentially a better catalyst. However, NASA decided the program merits justified its support, and had the needed equipment up and running in short order. From that, an enduring partnership was born.

According to the lead engineer on the NASA team, Catacel’s structured catalyst had a heat transfer rate about two times higher than the commercial ceramic catalyst at that time. That allowed the reforming process to be conducted with […]

November 4th, 2014|

Catacel makes public debut under new ownership

The company formerly known as Catacel Corp. made its public debut as a Johnson Matthey company this week at the American Fuel & Petrochemical (AFPM) Q&A and Technology Forum in Denver. Catacel Corp. was acquired by Johnson Matthey on Sept. 2, 2014, and has been integrated into the company’s Process Technologies division.

Catacel SSR® structured catalyst for steam methane reforming was featured at the Johnson Matthey hospitality suite at AFPM. Many AFPM attendees were already familiar with Catacel SSR from the company’s past marketing and plant demonstrations. SSR is now operating in commercial steam methane reformers in Turkey and Mexico and has been ordered by hydrogen reformer operators in Brazil and the United States, with those installations scheduled to take place over the next few months.

“SSR is disruptive to the ceramic catalyst pellet paradigm, a real step-change to plant economics,” […]

October 8th, 2014|

Johnson Matthey acquires Catacel

Johnson Matthey, a London-based specialty chemicals company, announced today that it completed the purchase of the business and assets of Catacel Corporation.

Catacel, based in Ohio, USA, is an innovative supplier of novel technology centered on the use of metal foil-coated catalysts and sorbents to a range of process industries. Its products include high-heat-transfer catalyst technology for hydrogen and syngas production and fuel processing systems for stationary fuel cells.

Catacel’s business will be integrated into Johnson Matthey’s Process Technologies Division and will have access to the wider resources of the Johnson Matthey group, including its global network of research and technology centers with their world-leading development and characterisation facilities. Being part of Johnson Matthey will provide Catacel with the financial stability and scale of operations required to achieve its potential within its target markets.

Commenting on the transaction, William Whittenberger, Catacel’s President […]

September 2nd, 2014|

Catacel receives Best Economic Development Project award

Fuel cell catalyst manufacturer Catacel Corp. was awarded the “Best Economic Development Project” award by the organization Visioning in Portage at the Aug. 24, 2014, community awards banquet. As a finalist for the award, Catacel won against major development projects in Portage County including the Kent State University Conference Center, a key part of the $100 million redevelopment of downtown Kent, Ohio.

Catacel was commended not only for the rehabilitation of its industrial plant facility but for its corresponding results in job creation and for advancing Portage County’s recognition as a growing industrial technology location.

Quality Manager Brian Davis accepted the award for Catacel.

“We are proud of and grateful for this recognition, and for the confidence given to us by this community and our customers around the world,” Davis said. “Catacel technologies deliver substantial performance increases and efficiency gains to stationary […]

August 27th, 2014|

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|