Vancouver company realizes fuel cell gain

Vancouver-headquartered Ionomr Innovations says its new Pemion proton exchange membrane and polymer will significantly advance the materials used for heavy-duty hydrogen fuel-cell applications.

Pemion is said to be environmentally friendlier than conventional fluorinated membranes and polymers, and it can be recycled more easily and at a lower cost when recovering catalysts.

While conventional polymers and membranes are made using perfluorinated sulfonic acid, those compounds are toxins that can leach into water sources and are difficult to recycle, the company says.

Pemion products are made using environmentally benign hydrocarbon materials, avoiding environmental challenges while still maximizing durability and performance.

Gains in performance and reduced gas crossover also significantly reduce hydrogen fuel cell costs, the company says.

Pemion membrane
The hydrocarbon-based membranes are available for heavy-duty applications. (Photo: Ionomr Innovations)

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