Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells

Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells Ltd (JMFC) is a leading developer, manufacturer and supplier of fuel cell catalysts, membrane electrode assemblies and other catalysed components to fuel cell developers worldwide. JMFC is a partly owned subsidiary of Johnson Matthey plc, a speciality chemicals company and world leader in advanced materials technology with over 9,000 employees in over 30 countries. Johnson Matthey has developed and supplied a significant proportion of the fuel cell catalysts for the major alkaline, phosphoric acid (PAFC) and PEMFC programmes of the last thirty years, and JMFC is now also a leading supplier of electrodes and MEAs for both PEMFC and direct methanol fuel cell applications and PAFC systems. JMFC has 160 dedicated employees, primarily in the UK, but also in the US and Japan. Significant investments have been made in recent years in world-class research and testing facilities at the parent corporate Technology Centre near Reading, and in the world’s first dedicated electrode and MEA manufacturing facility in Swindon, Wiltshire. JMFC has considerable experience participating in and leading successful government supported collaborative R&D projects from the UK Technology Strategy Board and the EU Framework V (FEBUSS, Profuel), Framework VI (HyTRAN, MOREPOWER, Autobrane and CARISMA) and Framework VII programmes. Current FP VII projects are, QuasiDry” and MAESTRO.

The main tasks attributed and previous experiences:
JMFC will lead the MEA development. The task is to combine the novel materials developed into high performance, low cost MEAs. JMFC also plays a key role in the development of the new materials and layer designs, ensuring familiarity with the components to be integrated. JMFC will also be instrumental in applying knowledge from fuel cell testing to help with designing and implementing accelerated stress protocols for electrolyser MEAs. JMFC is involved in the development and manufacture of catalysts, catalysed components and MEAs for PEMFC, DMFC and PAFC on a commercial basis for a range of applications including automotive and stationary systems. JMFC has developed and manufactured MEAs using commercially available polymers and membranes from a number of leading membrane suppliers worldwide. The membranes have typically been PFSA or hydrocarbon based. JMFC currently makes small volumes of developmental PEM electrolyser CCMs for evaluation by customers.

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Published March 11, 2013