Tuesday, 30 May 2017: 10:15
Grand Salon C - Section 13 (Hilton New Orleans Riverside)
Catalysts are key cost components for both automotive and stationary polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs), and as such represent a materials problem ripe to be addressed through the President’s Materials Genome Initiative (MGI). The ElectroCat (Electrocatalysis) Consortium was formed at DOE as part of the Energy Materials Network in early 2016 to expedite the development of next-generation catalysts and electrodes for fuel cells that are free of the precious platinum group metals (PGMs) currently required for good fuel cell performance. Addressing this barrier is key to meeting DOE’s ultimate fuel cell cost target of $30/kW. It is also a critical step in increasing U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and other fuel cell energy conversion devices. ElectroCat helps universities and companies to accelerate their PGM-free catalyst research by providing access to high-throughput combinatorial methods, multi-scale modeling techniques and PGM-free catalyst expertise at the national labs and by providing a public-facing data repository to document the findings of the Consortium. The ElectroCat Consortium will be discussed.