[Ithaca, NY, September 16, 2016] — (PR.com)
Chosen by the National Science Foundation for a Small Business Innovation Research grant, Ecolectro was able to use the funds to increase production of its fuel cell membranes fifteen-fold while also decreasing the time requirement by half. “Our goal is to reduce the cost and increase the durability of fuel cells, and now our production process is greatly expanded,” says CEO Gabriel Rodríguez-Calero.
Ecolectro’s membranes eliminate the need for platinum in fuel cells, which is a big contributor to cost. Through a series of innovative process improvements, the Ecolectro science team was able to streamline and increase production and decrease purification steps. “The improved synthetic method for our innovative polyelectrolyte membranes reduces the overall systems cost of fuel cell Membrane-Electrode-Assemblies (MEAs) and moves our technology one step closer to commercial development in cars,” said Chief Science Officer, Dr. Kristina Hugar.
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