According to foreign media reports, intelligent energy companies and industrial processing cooperation between innovation center and the coating supplier Haydale for proton exchange membrane (proton exchange be, PEM) fuel cell research and development of double plate new conductive coating, to further reduce the cost.
The research project, led by smart energy companies, aims to develop new conductive coatings, using nanocarbon materials instead of traditional physical vapor deposition (PVD).
The traditional PEM fuel cell metal double plate usually requires conductive coating to minimize the resistance loss.This kind of coating is either in bulk coating or in high technical process such as thermal spraying, chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and the most commonly used physical gas phase deposition method.
However, the method of the high cost of the loading and unloading work requires a lot of relevant personnel to achieve high vacuum of the processing time is longer, continuous vacuum processing also requires a lot of capital investment.
For one year, the NovCoat project is responsible for evaluating the technical feasibility and cost savings of low cost and wet coatings.
The project adopts the functionalization carbon nanoparticles (graphite and/or carbon nanotubes) research and development of advanced coating, as a first conductive parts, improve the conductivity of Z plane, make it up to the standards of the U.S. department of energy (doe) automotive grade material.
NovCoat project success achieved coating nano carbon coating on stainless steel, make its performance is similar to the PVD coating, according to the environmental conditions and the plan implementation of rolling process, will help to drive the output level, and greatly reduce the cost.