Tetramer has been awarded a Phase I DOE contract (DE-SC0019980) to develop improved polymer electrolyte membranes for fuel cells.
Polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells are one of the most promising energy conversion technologies for renewable clean energy applications. This technology allows the generation of electricity from hydrogen, with water as the only exhaust by-product. Tetramer’s work is focused on the development of new improved PEM materials in order to lower fuel cell costs, increase power output performance and further enable the growth of high power density fuel cell technology into the mass market.
Throughout the project, our membranes will be evaluated for conductivity, gas permeability, chemical and physical durability and in situ fuel cell performance and durability both in-house and at the state of art facilities of our internationally recognized collaborator.
Success of this work would be a significant advancement in clean energy production in two of the largest global energy markets, transportation and stationary power (including primary and back-up power). The development of more efficient fuel cells will result in a reduced dependence on fossil fuels and the associated economic, political and environmental issues related to their extraction, refinement, supply and final use.