Ballard Power (BLDP), Zenyatta Ventures Enter Fuel Cell Development Agreement
author Added by FuelCellsWorks, October 22, 2015

Zenyatta Ventures Ltd. is pleased to announce the initiation of a project with Ballard Power Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: BLDP) utilizing high purity Albany graphite in the membrane electrode assembly ("MEA") of a fuel cell. MEA is a critical component of the Proton Exchange Membrane ("PEM") fuel cell that must meet exacting performance standards for the fuel cell to work properly.

Primary objectives of this work are:

  • Incorporate Albany graphite in the gas diffusion layer ("GDL") components of a fuel cell;
  • Evaluate the Albany graphite material in Ballard manufacturing processes;
  • Evaluate performance of Albany graphite in anode & cathode GDL designs and compare against existing available commercial materials;

In a news release dated 12 August 2015, Zenyatta announced testing results by Ballard that samples of Albany graphite demonstrated high thermal and corrosion resistance properties. A first step screening process on Albany graphite material confirmed its suitability for use in the bipolar plate ("BPP") and gas diffusion layer ("GDL") for fuel cells. High thermal stability and corrosion resistance is critical in the performance of these components in fuel cells.

The current project phase will advance our collaboration to the next level through evaluation of the Albany graphite material in sub-components of fuel cells, including performance and manufacturability in established Ballard processes.

Ballard will develop prototype components for both cathode and anode GDLs incorporating Zenyatta material and evaluate the layer function for optimal water management and gas diffusion properties. Ballard will provide a detailed technical report including evaluation and analysis of the material compared against commercial designs.

Dr. Bharat Chahar, VP, Market Development, Zenyatta, commented "This is the next major step in qualifying Zenyatta graphite in a high growth and high value application. We are extremely pleased to be working with a world fuel cell leader like Ballard on use of our graphite for this cleantech market."

For further information please refer to the news release dated 12 August 2015 titled "Zenyatta Ventures and Ballard Power Collaborate on Fuel Cell Technology Related to Energy Storage; Testing by Ballard on Albany Graphite Exhibited High Thermal and Corrosion Resistance Properties".