U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Fuel Cell Technologies Office
Alkaline Membrane Fuel Cell Workshop
A workshop on alkaline membrane fuel cells (AMFC) was held May 8-9, 2011, before the 2011 Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Annual Merit Review, at Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.
The workshop brought together technical experts from industry, academia, and the national laboratories to assess the current state of AMFC technology, and to identify limitations, performance potential, and key research needs for these systems.
The workshop began with formal presentations, which addressed specific aspects of the technology gaps that are barriers to cost reduction. After the presentations, two breakout groups were formed in each session to discuss cell stack technology improvements and system cost and manufacturing improvements.
Plenary Presentations (Presenters)
- Alkaline Membrane Fuel Cell Workshop Overview, Dr. Bryan Pivovar, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- Anion Exchange Membranes for Fuel Cells, Prof. Andrew Herring, Colorado School of Mines
- Electrocatalysis in Alkaline Electrolytes, Prof. Sanjeev Mukerjee, Northeastern University
- Electrolyte Materials for AMFCs and AMFC Performance, Mr. Kenji Fukuta, Tokuyama Corporation
- CellEra Perspective on AMFCs, Dr. Shimshon Gottesfeld, CellEra, Inc.
Presentations from Breakout Groups (Facilitators)
- Anion Exchange Membranes - Stability, James Boncella, Los Alamos National Laboratory
- Anion Exchange Membranes – Transport/Conductivity, Prof. Andrew Herring, Colorado School of Mines
- Electrocatalysis in High pH, Prof. Sanjeev Mukerjee, Northeastern University
- MEA Issues, Mr. Dario Dekel, CellEra, Inc.
- System Issues, Mr. Anil Trehan, CommScope