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1 The Electrochemical Innovation Lab - Fuel Cell Innovation - UK-Japan Energy Technology Innovation Showcase Oct 2014 Dr. Dan Brett Electrochemical Innovation Lab Department of Chemical Engineering

2 Founded in 1826 Top 10 universities in the world - 5 th QS World League Tables The first to admit students regardless of class, race or religion The first to admit women students on equal terms with men University College London (UCL)

3 - Alumni

4 University College London (UCL) - Links with Japan Hirobumi Ito, the father of the Japanese Constitution and the first Prime Minister of post Meiji-Japan. Kaoru Inoue became Japan’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Kinsuke Endo was the founding Master of the Japanese Mint Bureau Masaru Inoue became the founding President of the Japanese Board of Railways Yozo Yamao became Secretary of State in Japan’s Ministry of Industry and established Japan’s first Institute of Technology 150 th Anniversary of Japan’s Choshu Five

5 Overview What is electrochemical technology? The Electrochemical Innovation Lab (EIL) concept. An example of EIL open innovation –Amalyst Ltd. spin-out The Flexi-Planar Fuel Cell

6 What is Electrochemical Technology? Electrochemistry: n. The science of the interaction or interconversion of electric and chemical phenomena.

7 Chlor-alkali process Aluminium electrolysis Anodising Electroetching / deposition Corrosion prevention Wastewater treatment Waste electronics treatment Electrosynthesis What is Electrochemical Technology? Fuel cells Advanced batteries Solar cells Supercapacitors Electrolysers (hydrogen production) Advanced sensors CO 2 conversion Nuclear reprocessing Established TechnologyModern Innovative Technology

8 Fundamental Electrochemistry Electrochemical Technology Industrial Electrochemical Engineering Pilot plant trials Lab R&D Technology Readiness Level (TRL) Electrodes Interfaces Electrolytes Potential distribution Current distribution Hydrodynamics Mass transport Reactor geometry Reactor components Reactor performance Process design Commissioning Maintenance Testing Fabrication Marketing The Electrochemical Innovation Lab - Concept

9 The Electrochemical Innovation Lab - Concept Fundamental Electrochemistry Electrochemical Technology Industrial Electrochemical Engineering Pilot plant trials Lab R&D Technology Readiness Level Electrodes Interfaces Electrolytes Potential distribution Current distribution Hydrodynamics Mass transport Reactor geometry Reactor components Reactor performance Process design Commissioning Maintenance Testing Fabrication Marketing

10 The Electrochemical Innovation Lab - Concept Fundamental Electrochemistry Electrochemical Technology Industrial Electrochemical Engineering Pilot plant trials Lab R&D Technology Readiness Level Most university research is here… …and never goes any higher. Industrial experience / input. Commercial thinking embodied in research phase Cost and market modelling. Scale-up and scale-out consideration. Reality checks. Builds new research programmes to accelerate the science into commercial products

11 The Electrochemical Innovation Lab - People (Management Team and IAG) Dan Brett (UCL Chem. Eng.) Tim Fishlock (UCLB) David Hodgson (Vallontia) Nick Milligan (pV3) Stef Simons (UCL Australia) Jawwad Darr (UCL Chemistry) Paul Shearing (UCL Chem. Eng.) Richard Bucknall (UCL Mech. Eng.) Chris Gibbs (UCL Chem. Eng. and Amalyst) MANAGEMENT TEAM

12 The Electrochemical Innovation Lab - Partners and Sponsors

13 Facilities

14 The Electrochemical Innovation Lab - World class facilities Excellent facilities: over £11million of current funding "Zeiss-UCL Lighthouse Centre on Correlative Microscopy" best university-based suite of ion beam and high res X-ray microscopes in the world

15 The Electrochemical Innovation Lab - Commercial Pipeline Spent nuclear fuel processing High temperature sensors for crude oil characterisation Novel battery materials Methods for making nanomaterials Fuel cells made from printed circuit boards Novel Pt-free electrocatalyst Down stream

16 The Electrochemical Innovation Lab - Open Innovation Example Complimentary expertise, needs and offerings Background IP Kit / Expertise Commercial Expertise / Network Facilities Expertise Manpower INNOVATION

17 The Electrochemical Innovation Lab - Open Innovation Example Coming together Background IP Kit / Expertise Commercial Expertise / Network Facilities Expertise Manpower ‘Spin in’

18 Strengthening and generating IP Background IP Kit / Expertise Commercial Expertise / Network Facilities Expertise Manpower ‘Spin in’ Background IP Strengthened Foreground IP Generated A low-cost, high efficiency catalyst with equivalent performance to Pt -Fuel cells -Electrolysers (hydrogen production) The Electrochemical Innovation Lab - Open Innovation Example

19 The Electrochemical Innovation Lab - Open Innovation Example Spin out Background IP Kit / Expertise Commercial Expertise / Network Facilities Expertise Manpower ‘Spin in’ Background IP Strengthened Foreground IP Generated PoC Funding NewCo HoT Signed

20 The Electrochemical Innovation Lab - Open Innovation Example Investment and customers Background IP Kit / Expertise Commercial Expertise / Network Facilities Expertise Manpower ‘Spin in’ Background IP Strengthened Foreground IP Generated PoC Funding NewCo HoT Signed NewCo Formed 1 st Round Investment Licence in Investor/s Ready for new collaboration / pipeline Here Second Round

21 The Electrochemical Innovation Lab - Amalyst Summary 1. Lower cost than Pt at same performance levels in water electrolysers and fuel cells. 2. A true ‘drop-in’ replacement for Pt. 3. Available for evaluation and sale. 4. Second investment round currently open. /

22 Electrolyte Electrode Air Fuel Anode Cathode Current Collector e-e- e-e- e-e- e-e- Main features - High efficiency - Low or no emissions - Quiet, no moving parts, potentially highly reliable - Scalable – applications from mW to MW Fuel Cells - Features and architecture

23 Anode Cathode Electrode Interconnect Fuel Cells - Features and architecture

24 Conventional fuel cell stacks have a problem. If one cell fails, the whole stack fails. Anode Cathode Electrode Interconnect Anode Cathode Electrode Interconnect Anode Cathode Electrode Interconnect Anode Cathode Electrode Interconnect Anode Cathode Electrode Interconnect Existing stacks must be made from high-spec cells (expensive). The Flexi-Planar Fuel Cell

25 A new fuel cell technology (with Imperial College, Carbon Trust) Puts a fuel cell inside a printed circuit board (PCB) Low cost, high capacity manufacture - Consumer electronics - Micro-CHP - Automotive The Flexi-Planar Fuel Cell

26 3 patent applications (1 granted) <$36 / kW cost reduction (independently verified) Continuous operation for over 2000 hrs hours with no significant degradation The Flexi-Planar Fuel Cell

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28 15 W modules Modules combined together to form stacks Consumer electronics Micro-CHP Automotive The Flexi-Planar Fuel Cell

29 Process employs existing Printed Circuit Board (PCB) manufacturing

30 Mass-manufacture. Simplified stack - Compression and sealing Low-cost components Patented, low-cost copper passivation layer. High gravimetric power density (3 kW/litre) Control flexibility of modules with integrated electronics The Flexi-Planar Fuel Cell - Summary of benefits Conventional fuel cell Flexi-Planar fuel cell

31 Simplified system BoP (humidification & heat transfer) Internal humidification Flexible design for integration into multiple applications Currently looking for investment / joint venture for company formation The Flexi-Planar Fuel Cell - Summary

32 Overall Summary The UCL Electrochemical Innovation Lab (EIL) is a new model for university-based open innovation Very well equipped for scientific projects Particular focus on commercialising our research Example projects in the area of fuel cells focusing on cost reduction -Amalyst (low cost catalyst) -Flexi-Planar Fuel Cell (low cost stack design) Opportunities for investment and joint ventures

33 ご清聴ありがとうございました UCL EIL ucl eil


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