Structured catalyst technology ideal for fuel cells



Chemistry literature provides the necessary details on a wide variety of catalytic materials.  But in fuel cell development, the issue is rarely about what catalysts are available. Instead, it’s all about what can be done with the catalyst materials and how one deploys them.

Picture9Structured catalysts employ ordinary catalysts in novel and interesting ways to provide superior results.  This is especially true when the catalyst is deployed on high surface area metal foils in the right structural shape and form to combine catalytic and heat exchange functions.  This combination results in breakthrough performance in size, weight, throughput and energy efficiency. Combining catalytic reaction with heat transfer allows a more compact, lower-weight, lower-cost reactor design. In many reactions that are heat transfer limited, it is also often possible to achieve higher throughput rates.

Catacel specializes in the design and engineering of catalyst-coated metal foil structures that increase performance in high-temperature, heat-transfer-limited reactions such as fuel reforming to make hydrogen-rich syngas for fuel cell stacks. Catacel’s structured catalysts are designed to move heat and flow in desired directions and with reduced pressure drop penalties, making them ideal for fuel cell reformers for a wide range of system sizes and power outputs.

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