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Project Overview

  • Project Name : Development of High Reliability MEA for PEMFC with Ceramic-Carbon Hybrid Catalyst Carrier Technology for prevention of Carbon Corrosion
  • Implementation organization : VINATech, Korea Institute of Ceramic Technology(KICET) , Inha University
  • Project Period : Oct, 01 2018 ~ Sep, 30 2021(36 months)
  • Project budget : 1.77 billion KRW (including 1.4 billion KRW in government contributions)

Project Background and Objectives

  • PEMFC (Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell), which is in the stage of full-scale commercialization, requires intensive research and development to ensure material price and durability related fields enable stack price reduction. Development of electrode catalyst with excellent durability is a must-have technology
  • The design of catalysts and catalyst carrier is required based on electrical/structural understanding, in order to prevent elution of metal catalysts, to supplement to slow ORR reactions, to prevent carbon corrosion of catalysts, and to improve CO endotoxicity. The research on high reliability catalysts design using functional oxide materials in Korea is essential.
  • The goal of this project is to develop MEA for high reliability PEMFC by developing ceramic-carbon hybrid supports for carbon corrosion prevention.

Implementation Organization

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Organization Role Website

-Select Ceramic-Carbon hybrid Support

-Develop Electrode manufacturing process for hybrid support

-Design and optimize hybrid support MEA

-Process Design for Durability Improvement

Korea Institute of Ceramic Engineering and Technology(KICET)

-Optimize the method of Ceramic Carbon Composite

-Analysis of Deterioration Mechanism and High Performance of Composite Support

-Establishment of MEA Evaluation Technique for Composite Support System

Inha university

-Development of Micro-scale Catalyst Layer Electrode Model with 3D and More

-A Study on the Derivation and Influence of Design Factors of Composite Support System


Expected Effect

  • This project will bring to market the next-generation fuel cell catalyst manufacturing technology, which can be applied to all applications of fuel cells, and within five years can enter various areas where there are no hydrogen infrastructure problems, such as stationary, train, scooter, forklift, etc. It is expected that 10 years from now, this technology will be available for automotive and large stationary and military projects that require a hydrogen infrastructure.

High durability Ceramic-Carbon Catalyst Carrier/MEA

  • Royalty Payment

    Core material of Next-generation applied
    Royalties decrease for foreign technology introduction

  • Nurture high value-added
    Ceramic material industry

    National rare metal Pt, Pd, Ru import substitution effect / Technology innovation secures high value catalyst material base

  • Hundreds of billions of
    market to grow

    Trillion won in fuel cell for automobile/building
    Catalytic electrode material 40%

  • The Ripple effect of technology, Promotion
    of new business, Job creation effect

    Application of various technologies with electrodes and catalysts such as automobiles, petrochemicals, renewable energy, and fuel cells

  • Indirect counterplan
    to greenhouse gas

    Applicable to automotive parts and new eco-friendly business such as fuel cell

  • Export Increase /
    Import Replacement

    Export Increase / Import Replacement