Advent Technologies is developing new fuel cell technology for the automotive industry aimed at addressing the hydrogen infrastructure challenge.
The Hydrogen and fuel cell technology specialist is working with Los Alamos National Labs, University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), University of New Mexico and Toyota Motor North America R&D (TMNA R&D) on high-temperature polymer electrolyte membrane (HT-PEM) fuel cell technology.
Advent will work on four key objectives as part of a fuel cell development programme.
One of the four main objectives will see the consortium look to advance the efficiency of the HT-PEM fuel cell systems to 70%, instead of 60%, as part of an effort to advance long haul trucks using hydrogen fuel cells.
Addressing the hydrogen infrastructure challenge, Advent said the group will also allow for the direct reformation of a variety of fuels to low grade hydrogen within a vehicle, therefore bypassing the need for expensive hydrogen storage, transportation, de/compression technology and hydrogen stations.
In addition to its hydrogen-focused efforts, the collective has also set out to achieve fast start-up times through the development of extremely stable fuel cells, and achieve superior heat management through the removal of external humidifiers and demisters.
Dr. Vasilis Gregoriou, Advent’s Founder and CEO, said, “We at Advent are committed to bringing HT-PEM technology to the market. Drawing on our leadership team’s decades of experience, we intend to commercialise and scale-up membrane electrode assembly (MEA) production while working closely with Tier-1 manufacturers and original equipment manufacturers.
“We believe that HT-PEM represents not only a breakthrough for heavy-duty automotive technology but also for aviation, portable, and off-grid power generation.”
Dr. Emory DeCastro, Advent’s Chief Technology Officer, added: “We are very excited to work with LANL (Los Alamos) and our other partners to advance this technology. These developments have the potential to lead to ground-breaking cost savings – including dropping overall fuel cell system costs by 25% and enabling higher power density and simplify packaging constraints.”
“Furthermore, the potential to use eFuels instead of hydrogen can provide a significantly lower total cost of ownership and allow for faster deployment of fuel cell technology across the industry.”