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Solvay Starts Up Fuel Cell In Belgium

by Marc S. Reisch
February 13, 2012 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 90, ISSUE 7

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Solvay’s demonstration fuel cell.
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Solvay’s demonstration fuel cell.

Solvay has commissioned what it calls the world’s largest proton-exchange membrane fuel cell at its SolVin vinyls plant in Antwerp, Belgium. The 1-MW demonstration unit, which cost more than $7 million, converts hydrogen generated at the site into electricity. It includes membrane electrode assemblies manufactured from Solvay’s Aquivion perfluorosulfonic acid polymer and Umicore’s platinum-based Elyst catalyst. The assemblies were made by SolviCore, a Germany-based joint venture of Solvay and Umicore.

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