News Release (Sumitomo Corp.)
Feb. 19, 2010
Introduction of fuel cell venture ACAL Energy's "FC Engine,"prototype of the FlowCath® platinum-free catalyst technology at FC EXPO 2010
ACAL Energy, a British venture firm, will exhibit its prototype (mockup) of the fuel cell module, named "FC Engine," for the first time at the 6th annual FC EXPO 2010, to be held at the Tokyo Big Site (Ariake, Koto-ku) starting on 3 March, at a booth jointly sponsored by Sumitomo Corporation.
ACAL Energy's fuel cell represents an advance in the PEFC technology. Traditional PEFC uses costly platinum catalyst on both anode and cathode side of the polymer membrane, resulting in higher cost. ACAL Energy's patented FlowCath® technology allows it to use no platinum catalyst on the cathode side, replacing it with cheaper compounds. Combined with platinum usage reduction on the anode side, maximum of 90% total reduction in platinum usage is expected. Moreover, heat and water management can be simplified, resulting in system cost and durability improvements.
FC Engine is under development for markets between 1kW and 100kW, and is expected to be commercialized in two years.
At the FC EXPO, In addition to the booth, Andrew Creeth, the inventor of FlowCath® technology, will give a lecture at 12:20 on 3 March.
*About ACAL Energy
ACAL Energy was founded in August 2004 by Dr. Andrew Creeth, inventor of FlowCath®. It is based in Runcorn, near Manchester in England, the birthplace of the steam engine, the propellant of the Industrial Revolution.
ACAL Energy has received support from many sources such as Sumitomo, as well as Carbon Trust, the British government-funded clean technology venture capital, and Solvay of Belgium.
ACAL Energy is co-developing a practical fuel cell system using FlowCath® through a GBP1.9M joint project funded by British Technology Strategy Board (TSB). (separate press release to be released)
FlowCath® is a registered trademark of ACAL Energy.
Corporate Communications Department, Sumitomo Corporation
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