submit news    HOME | FEEDBACK  


- Bio/Medicine

- Chemicals

- Defense

- Drug Delivery

- Education

- Electronics

- Energy

- Events

- Grants

- Industry

- Investment

- Litigation

- Materials


- Nanofabrication

- Nanoparticles

- Nanotubes

- Optics

- Partnership

- Patent

- Products

- Quantum dots

- Research

- Smart Dust

- Software

- Browse by Month

- Current Shows

- Previous Shows

- Submit Events

Become A Nanotechwire Partner

FEI Company

Veeco Instruments

Nano Science and Technology Institute

National Nanotechnology Initiative

Nanotechnology at Zyvex

Want to see your Company or Organization listed above? Become A Nanotechwire Partner Today - click here


5/6/2009 8:07:59 PM
BASF Opens State-of-the Art Production Facility for Fuel Cell Components in Somerset, New Jersey

Furthering its leadership position in the development of energy management solutions, BASF today announced it has officially opened its BASF Fuel Cell production facility in Somerset, New Jersey. The modern facility uses advanced production and automation technologies to fabricate ready-for-use high-temperature Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA) units -- the heart of the fuel cell. In a MEA, hydrogen and air react to water generating electrical power and heat. The proprietary and innovative BASF products are marketed under the brand name Celtec and will enable the fuel cell industry to meet the current and growing challenges of future energy supply.

BASF's tradition of materials innovation and commitment to sustainable development continues with this advancement from BASF Fuel Cell. The novel MEA developed by BASF is opening new horizons for system builders as it contains the world's first commercially available high temperature membrane for fuel cells that allows operating temperatures in the range of 320 to 360 F (120-180 degrees C). This innovation, with the unique ability to run without any humidification, has therefore a considerable advantage over other Polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell technologies, including a far simpler system and tolerance to impurities in hydrogen and air.

Celtec high-temperature MEAs are used in numerous product applications, e.g. private home electricity and heat supply units providing electricity and hot water at unprecedented efficiencies or backup-systems to ensure electrical power.

"BASF has made a decisive breakthrough in fuel cells with the development of the high-temperature MEA," said Dr. Andreas Kreimeyer, Research Executive Director and Member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF, at the inaugural event. "The aim of the world-class Somerset, New Jersey facility is to meet the current and greatly increasing demand from customers. Future enhancements and refinements of BASF's proprietary MEA product in conjunction with system developments by our alternative energy partners will make fuel cell energy realistic, affordable and widely available."

The most immediate challenge facing developers is to develop a highly reliable and cost effective fuel cell system for practical applications. The key factor in achieving this is for the system to have as few components as possible. Conventional low temperature fuel cell systems, which operate at a maximum of 175 F (80 degrees C) need a large number of ancillary units, a complex control and hydration system as well as a reformer with a hydrogen gas purification unit to function. Fuel cells equipped with BASF's high-temperature Celtec MEA are tolerant to impurities in the hydrogen gas; they can be cooled by the air and do not have to be hydrated with water. This eliminates the need for air humidifiers, water pumps, tanks, valves and cleaning systems.

"Thanks to the proprietary Celtec MEA from BASF, fuel cell systems now need substantially fewer components and this translates into cost savings for our customers," said Dr. Horst-Tore Land, CEO, BASF Fuel Cell Inc. "The development of the high-temperature MEA enables our customers to manufacture commercially viable fuel cell products."

BASF Fuel Cell GmbH is a supplier of materials for fuel cells and reformers. The company is a leading supplier for high temperature membrane electrode assemblies, developed and commercialized in the Celtec product line. Additionally, a broad variety of catalysts for fuel cells and reformers is covered by the product line Selectra. BASF Fuel Cell continues the fuel cell activities of BASF, Engelhard and PEMEAS. For further information go to

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 15,000 employees in North America, and had sales of approximately $17.5 billion in 2008. For more information about BASF's North American operations, or to sign up to receive news releases by e-mail, visit

BASF is the world's leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics and performance products to agricultural products, fine chemicals, as well as oil and gas. As a reliable partner, BASF helps its customers in virtually all industries to be more successful. With its high-value products and intelligent solutions, BASF plays an important role in finding answers to global challenges, such as climate protection, energy efficiency, nutrition and mobility. BASF has approximately 97,000 employees and posted sales of more than euro 62 billion in 2008. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at

Other Headlines from BASF ...
 - From nanocrystals to concrete components
 - BASF Venture Capital invests in American company Aspen Aerogels
 - First industrial-scale MOF synthesis
 - BASF joins a BMBF nanomaterial safety research program - More knowledge for more safety
 - BASF keeps R&D spending at high level

More Industry Headlines ...
 - UCF Researcher Gets Global Attention, Cash
 - Scott Gish joins Cambridge NanoTech Executive Team
 - Ultratech Announces HB-LED Asia Technology Center in Taiwan
 - Luna Innovations Reports First Quarter 2011 Financial Results
 - CVD Equipment Corporation Announces Record Q1 Results

« Back To List »

- submit company
- submit news
- submit events
- advertise here

- More Events

Copyright 2017 | Privacy Policy |