Alkaline fuel cell technology- a next big thing

Alkaline fuel cell technology lets us reach the highest electrochemical efficiencies among all low-temperature fuel cells. Patented non-noble metal catalysts have significantly reduced the material costs and liquid electrolyte enables the fuel cell solutions for backup and off-grid power to operate in a greater range of weather conditions. 

Hydrogen-on-demand breakthrough revolutionizes fuel storage, logistics & cost issues and enables fuel cells to be used for off-grid power and rural electrification.

What is Alkaline Technology?

Alkaline fuel cell (AFC) technology was developed in 1959 by Francis Thomas Bacon. Using an alkaline electrolyte such as potassium hydroxide (KOH) in water and cathodes usually made with platinum, AFCs are among the most efficient type of fuel cells, reaching up to 60% efficiency (up to 87% combined heat and power). Alkaline fuel cells also offer virtually instant operation without pre-heating, even at sub-zero temperatures and were used by the NASA and MIR space programs to produce electricity and drinking water for their space missions.

 

– Article contributed by Madhu Sudhan Reddy