7th December 2020 - 2.00 p.m to 4.30 p.m (CET)
This webinar will introduce niobium as an important element in the development of new technologies to support the growing hydrogen economy. The agenda features international experts from across the supply chain including academia, catalyst developers and fuel cell manufacturers.
The keynote presentation “Ultrahigh-current-density niobium disulfide catalysts for hydrogen evolution” will be given by Manish Chhowolla, Goldsmiths’ Professor of Materials Science at Cambridge University. Professor Chhowolla and his co-authors are winners of the 2020 Charles Hatchett Award. Presented annually, this Award is sponsored by CBMM and is presented in recognition of published work on the science and technology of niobium.
The proof-of-concept study presented in the paper examines the electrocatalytic performance of 2D niobium disulphide, with additional niobium doping, in the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction. The results are exceptional, showing the contribution of niobium in enhancing the electrochemical performance of the catalyst. The material is clearly a viable replacement for the platinum and iridium currently used in industrial electrolysers.
In addition, the webinar will review other applications of niobium in the development of new technologies for hydrogen production. Moderated by Silke Frank, CEO of Mission Hydrogen the webinar will include the following topics and speakers.
Silke Frank, Mission Hydrogen
Fuel Cells for Zero Emission Heavy Duty Applications and Related Next
Generation Catalyst Material Requirements
Shanna Knights, Director, Technology Collaborations, Ballard Power Systems
Ballard Power Systems is a world leader in fuel cell stack and system development for motive and heavy-duty applications. Fuel cells for heavy duty applications promise high performance, long range, heavy payloads, and high utilization of the asset. Recent studies suggest that within the next 10 years, the total cost of ownership of fuel cell vehicles will become more favourable than both battery electric vehicles and internal combustion engine commercial vehicles. This is driven, in part, by a forecasted ≈70% decrease in the cost of fuel cell systems. While this achievement will be partially driven by product volume increases and related economies of scale, further improvements of fuel cell technology will be achieved through next generation materials and design improvements. The fuel cell catalyst incorporated in the electrodes provides the critical function to convert fuel into power. Active development on advanced catalyst materials and designs has been providing rapid advances in reducing cost, increasing power density, and improving durability in next generation fuel cell designs. This talk will provide an update on current fuel cell industry status, with a focus on heavy duty motive applications, and how these applications will benefit from next generation catalyst materials.