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SolviCore was founded on July 1st, 2006 by its parent companies Umicore and Solvay. The 50-50 joint venture is based in Hanau, at Umicore's main R&D site in Germany. SolviCore employs more than 50 people in research, development, production and sales of Membrane Electrode Assemblies (MEA) to be used in Fuel Cell (FC) and water electrolysis applications.

Membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) are the electrochemical heart of a proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell stack

 The MEA produces a continuous supply of electricity when provided with hydrogen and oxygen from air. SolviCore develops and manufactures state-of-the-art pMembrain™ MEAs based on proprietary technology and manufacturing processes.

 In addition to excellent performance and a precious metal content adapted to the requirements of the application, SolviCore’s pMembrain™ product range is based upon extended lifetime and reliable operation under field conditions. 

pMembrain™ MEAs are available for stationary, portable and automotive applications. pMembrain™ MEAs can be tailored with respect to stack size, stack design and operating conditions according to specific customer needs. This helps our customers shorten time to market.

SolviCore also offers pMembrain™ MEAs for use in PEM water electrolysis applications. The pMembrain™ MEA product series covers the complete chain of catalytic solutions for sustainable power generation.

SolviCore’s pMembrain™ MEA production quality control system is certified for QS9000 certification and helps assure consistent product quality and performance for our customers.

 pMembrain™ hydrogen MEAs cover a broad range of applications including fully humidified, low humidity or dry operating conditions. Stable, high levels of performance are consistently delivered for hydrogen-air and for hydrogen-oxygen conditions. Reformate MEAs can be operated under full and low humidification conditions. They show stable, long term performance and tolerate CO concentrations of 50 ppm or higher without major performance loss or deactivation of the catalyst layers. DMFC MEAs can be adapted to several operation conditions and show stable performance in simple air breathing systems as well as in small scale stack applications.

Electrolysis MEAs are designed for applications where high purity (5N) hydrogen is produced. They show excellent durability under a broad temperature and pressure range. With their excellent performances they provide the basis for high system efficiency even at high hydrogen production rates.

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Published August 27, 2012