2018 Webinar Archives

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ElectroCat Consortium: Advancing PGM-Free Electrocatalysts for Next-Generation Fuel Cells

September 26, 2018
In this webinar, representatives from ElectroCat's core laboratories talked about how the Consortium is increasing U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing fuel cell electric vehicles and other fuel cell energy conversion devices. ElectroCat is addressing barriers to widescale implementation of fuel cell technologies by accelerating the development and deployment of platinum group metal-free (PGM-free) electrocatalysts in fuel cells. The webinar covered the Consortium's systematic approach to potential catalysts, computational work at the national labs, and data sharing with industry and academia partners.

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Development of Real-Time Characterization Tools and Associated Efforts to Assist Membrane Electrode Assembly Manufacturing Scale-Up

August 22, 2018
In this webinar, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory presented present an overview of early-stage research and development related to manufacturing of fuel cell membrane electrode assembly (MEA) materials. Topics included: (1) an overview of the manufacturing context and challenges for MEA materials, (2) a detailed presentation of work to develop real-time in-line characterization techniques, (3) an overview of specialized in situ diagnostics, and (4) an overview of efforts to understand the foundational relationships between electrode materials (inks and coated layers), processing methods, and performance.

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Thermodynamic and Economic Modeling of Boil-Off Losses in Liquid Hydrogen Handling Processes

June 26, 2018
In this webinar, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory presented findings from a comprehensive early-stage research and development (R&D) analysis of liquid hydrogen boil-off in a variety of scenarios. Topics included: (1) early-stage R&D to develop a thermodynamic model that simulates liquid hydrogen transfers, accounting for real gas equation of states and two-phase behavior, (2) an analysis of current liquid hydrogen handling practices and requirements, (3) collection of data on boil-off rates at a fueling facility, and (4) predictions of boil-off losses for given station designs and capacities.

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Fuel Cell Electric Buses: Progress toward Meeting Technical Targets

May 17, 2018
This webinar discussed the progress made toward meeting technical targets to measure the progress toward commercialization of fuel cell electric buses. Targets include performance metrics such as fuel cell hour accumulation, fuel economy, availability, and reliability. Cost targets include capital, major components, and maintenance.

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ElectroCat Lab Consortium Overview

April 30, 2018
This webinar provided an overview of the ElectroCatalysis (ElectroCat) Consortium and the funding opportunity announcement topic soliciting proposals for platinum group metal-free catalyst layers and electrodes.

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2018 Cost Projections of PEM Fuel Cell Systems for Automobiles and Medium-Duty Vehicles

April 25, 2018
This webinar discussed the recently updated polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell system cost projections for 80 kW automobiles and 160 kW trucks. The webinar reported cost projections for system production rates from 1,000/year up to 500,000/year at three levels of component technology, system configuration, and performance: current (2018), near-term future (2020), and future (2025).

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Electrospinning Fuel Cell Electrodes to Improve Activity and Durability

March 28, 2018
This webinar provided an introduction to electrospinning techniques and explained how a DOE-funded electrospinning project is helping improve electrode and membrane activity and durability. The webinar covered the project's approach to fabricating membrane electrode assemblies with nanofibers via electrospinning and provide an update on results, technical barriers, and accomplishments.

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Techno-Economic Tools to Simulate the Costs of Hydrogen Infrastructure Technologies

February 27, 2018
In this webinar, Argonne National Laboratory discussed how their publicly available models, Hydrogen Delivery Scenario Analysis Model (HDSAM) and Heavy-Duty Refueling Station Analysis Model (HDRSAM), can be used to simulate the costs of hydrogen delivery and dispensing into fuel cell vehicles.

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