FuelCell – Kolon Industries prepared for mass-production of key materials for gasoline cells
SEOUL — Kolon Industries, a chemical and textile manufacturing firm, is able to be a part of South Korea’s nationwide push for the early institution of a hydrogen ecosystem by finishing a plant for the mass-production of polymer electrolyte membranes, a key materials for gasoline cells.
A polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) is concerned with the conduction of protons from the anode to the cathode, appearing as a separating barrier. Kolon Industries will full a PEM line at Gumi in November for mass manufacturing in 2021. “We hope that this PEM mass-production facility will create synergy with current enterprise capabilities to develop our enterprise sooner,” Kolon Industries’ gasoline cell enterprise head Lee Moo-seok mentioned in an announcement on November 19.
“We are going to consolidate our main place with superior know-how,” Lee mentioned. PEMs can be utilized to supply redox circulate batteries for vitality storage techniques and separators utilized to water electrolysis know-how for hydrogen manufacturing. Water electrolysis is the method of utilizing electrical energy to decompose water into oxygen and hydrogen fuel.
There are two varieties of PEMs, fluoride and hydrocarbon, in response to the kind of polymer materials that transmits hydrogen ions. Fluoride PEMs are advantageous for short-term commercialization whereas hydrocarbon PEMs are seen as next-generation supplies as a consequence of their low costs. Kolon Industries promised to commercialize hydrocarbon PEMs at an early date.
The PEM is sandwiched between two electrodes, that are electrically insulated from one another and make up the anode and cathode respectively. Kolon Industries has additionally acquired a manufacturing base for the membrane electrode meeting, which is an assembled stack of PEMs.
South Korea has unveiled a roadmap to safe its agency management within the world market by producing 6.2 million gasoline cell automobiles by 2040 and increase using gasoline cells. The Hyosung Group has partnered with Linde, a Dublin-based engineering group, to construct a liquid hydrogen plant.