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Newsletter #7 February 2012

Wednesday 29 February 2012




 Fuel Cells Newsletter #7 – February, 2012Pragma Industries  




Introduction

Plenty of great news this month!
We are proud to present a bunch of new products on our website: new fuel cell systems, new head-turning applications for teaching fuel cell systems. And there’s more to come very soon…
Another great science note from Dr. Lepiller has been made available online. This time, she publishes about the use of formic acid as direct fuel for fuel cell. The fuel cell specialists will be interested.
Don’t forget to check our Facebook account as we plushised the pictures of the 2011 past events.
Pierre Forté, Managing Director.

Research and Development Focus

Direct formic acid oxidation for liquid-fed PEM fuel cells
With the accelerating power needs of consumer electronic devices, the high energy density of fuel cells makes them competitive with batteries. Taking advantage of an inherently high cost tolerance in the portable market, low-temperature micro fuel cells fed by organic liquids could be the best option to meet current and future market requirements. Among fuel candidates, nontoxic formic acid appears as a good alternative to methanol. Recent successful strategies employing either homogeneous or solid catalysts for formic acid electro-oxidation at room temperature are presented.
By Dr. Catherine Lepiller

New education product: Fuel Cell R/C Racing Car

HyTRAX is a new radio controlled racing car designed for education on fuel cell systems. Impressive performances together with high-tech hydrid FC/NiMH embedded genset delivers a captivating tool for students to understand advanced electric powertrains. The included software enables fine analysis of data logged during runs. Data logs give energy consumed, speed, acceleration, power distribution… serving a complete course of practical experiments.

New education product: Fuel Cell for power tools and electrical pruning shear

HyTRAX is a new radio controlled racing car designed for education on fuel cell systems. Impressive performances together with high-tech hydrid FC/NiMH embedded genset delivers a captivating tool for students to understand advanced electric powertrains. The included software enables fine analysis of data logged during runs. Data logs give energy consumed, speed, acceleration, power distribution… serving a complete course of practical experiments.

New product: Fuel Cell Systems

Integrable systems from 30W to 100W or taylored to specs. The gensets are designed to be the most versatile and to easily fit into any applications. The electronic controller does not require an external power source and is equipped with extra input/output channels as with data logging.

Ongoing Event


The Fuel Cell Expo 2012 has started today in Tokyo. If you are onsite, visit us at the French Pavilion. Paul and Christophe are producing demonstrations of our new products all day long until Friday afternoon.

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About Pragma Industries:
Based in Bidart, Southwestern France, Pragma Industries is an innovative supplier of the best of breed fuel cell test equipment. From single cell testing to stack integration, Pragma Industries will find the response to your technical requirements.
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64210 Bidart France
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Newsletter May 2011

Sunday 1 May 2011



  Fuel Cells Newsletter #6 – May, 2011Pragma Industries  
Introduction

Welcome to Pragma Industries’ 6th newsletter.
As usual, this newsletter contains a great science note from Dr. Lepiller. The note completes a series of articles on water management in PEM fuel cells and I hope that our scientist reader will find it useful.
However, we might be more focused on products this month with several news. Firstly, new videos are online on fuel cell stack building and fuel cell powered electric clipper (this video can be seen on our YouTube channel here, comments are in French). We are also increasing our FC testers range with a new 600W capable station. More to come soon about testers and fuel cell stacks.
Pierre Forté, Managing Director.
Research and Development Focus

Novel architectures for microporous layers without binding agent
Now that the beneficial role of the microporous layer for water management in low-temperature fuel cells is better understood, the next question is about the relevance of current fabrication methods and composition of commercialized products: carbon blacks as well as PTFE, which make up most of the slurries, have increasingly proved a lack of reliability due to corrosion problems and gradual loss of hydrophobicity during fuel cell operation. Alternative structures are therefore being considered involving carbon nanofibers or nanotubes to replace both components as single self-standing or in situ-grown layers.
By Dr. Catherine Lepiller
New product

Check out our new 600W fuel cell tester. The LS600 is designed for table-top installation. It offers the highest power rating and gas delivery capability in its class. The station is available with numerous accessories and options to perfectly fit your test program.
Video

The fuel cell stack video is online. It shows step by step how to increase the number of cells in a Pro-RD105 stack model. It gives a great insight on the internal design of the fuel cell. Stack video available here (click on “video” button). Direct video link here.
Additionally, you might want to check the fuel cell powered electric clipper. This is part of a new product for fuel cell teaching based on a real application. The product development is in its final phase. Commercialization and delivery of the whole suite starts next September.  Comments are in French right now… So, the stack delivers 50W, the electric clipper draws 600W. Super capacitors hybridization between the two.
Upcoming Events

We are attending the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Conference 2011 in Vancouver, Canada. We will exhibit and demonstrate our best sellers as well as some new items. The event is held at the Vancouver Convention Center, May 15 – 18.
Visit us at booth 322. Christophe, our sales manager and myself will be available for demonstrations and talks. Dr. Catherine Lepiller will attend the conference and will be available for chats now and then.
About Pragma Industries:
Based in Bidart, Southwestern France, Pragma Industries is an innovative supplier of the best of breed fuel cell test equipment. From single cell testing to stack integration, Pragma Industries will find the response to your technical requirements.
Copyright © Pragma Industries

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This newsletter is published by:
Pierre Forté, managing director
Pragma Industries SAS
665 rue de Bassilour
64210 Bidart France
Ph: +33 559 512 755
http://www.pragma-industries.com/
info@pragma-industries.com

Newsletter March 2011

Monday 7 March 2011




  Fuel Cells Newsletter #5 – March 7, 2011Pragma Industries  
Introduction

Welcome to Pragma Industries’ 5th newsletter.
Beginning of the year has been busy with products exposure during two events: FDFC in Grenoble (France) in January and the FC Expo in Tokyo that just closed. Furthermore, fuel cell education is getting more and more momentum in France, our Education Package line is drawing increasing interest from French schools and our agenda is filled with in-school demonstrations.
However, this newsletter is dedicated to the fuel cell scientist with the highlight of some work of great interest on liquid water management in PEMFC as well as the presentation of our new fuel cell stack designed for research.
Pierre Forté, Managing Director.
Research and Development Focus

How is liquid water generated at the cathode removed during fuel cell operation?
After my September’s science note about the beneficial role of the microporous layer in low temperature fuel cell’s water management, additional highlights will expand the subject to all porous components adjacent to the membrane. The catalyst layer and the gas diffusion layer – with or without a microporous layer – strongly interact with water in both liquid and vapor form and contribute to mass transport losses in different ways, especially on the cathode side.
By Dr. Catherine Lepiller
New product

Check out our new take apart fuel cell stack. Up to 470W, can be entirely disassembled and instrumented with additional sensors… It is perfect for MEA research scale up, thermodynamics research, professional training courses.
You can even select the exact number of cells you need!
A video of the stack will be uploaded soon and we will notice you when ready.
Upcoming Events

We are just back from the Fuel Cell Expo in Tokyo. It’s always a great meeting and you can see some pictures of this event here.
Looking ahead, visit us at the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Conference 2011 in Vancouver, Canada. We will exhibit and demonstrate our best sellers as well as some new items. The event is held at the Vancouver Convention Center, May 15 – 18.
Visit us at booth 322.
About Pragma Industries:
Based in Bidart, Southwestern France, Pragma Industries is an innovative supplier of the best of breed fuel cell test equipment. From single cell testing to stack integration, Pragma Industries will find the response to your technical requirements.
Copyright © Pragma Industries
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This newsletter is published by:
Pierre Forté, managing director
Pragma Industries SAS
665 rue de Bassilour
64210 Bidart France
Ph: +33 559 512 755
http://www.pragma-industries.com/
info@pragma-industries.com

Newsletter September 2010

Friday 24 September 2010
September 2010

Welcome to Pragma Industries’ Fuel Cell Newsletter. In this edition:
- September international FC events where we attend and exhibit our products line
- New fuel cell education sets. Extended range for grades 7-12 and demonstration
- A science note on the mechanisms involved within the microporous layer on gas diffusion media in PEMFC
Yours faithfully, Pierre Forté, CEO, Pragma Industries
Upcoming events
Logo Progress In MEA Conference

Logo F-Cell

Pragma’s team will be exhibiting our latest products at the F-Cell Conference and the 2nd CARISMA Conference on Progress in MEA materials. We will display a new range of kits for PEM fuel cells education and training.
- 2nd conference Progress in MEA, La Grande Motte, France 19-22.09.2010
- F-Cell 2010, Stuttgart, Germany 27-28.08.2010
If you wish to organize a private meeting with a member of our team, please email us at contact@pragma-industries.com.
For detailed information on events, please go to:

Products info

Fuel Cell Science Pack for education

New range of fuel cell education kits.
Our Fuel Cell packages are now suited for grade 7 up to university and vocational training. All the fuel cells included in the packages display true performances, realistic behavior and transparency to observe what’s happening inside.
Cell Compression Unit
Cell Compression Units
Users of our fuel cell Compression Units can now download here for free the latest version of the embedded software along with a simple upgrade procedure.
Follow us on Twitter to receive warnings about software releases.
R&D Focus
Diffusion process through microporous layer

Mechanism of microporous layer for PEMFC explained

The microporous layer (MPL) treatment has long been proved beneficial to low-temperature fuel cell performances, particularly at high current and/or humidity conditions. But despite the general agreement on the existence of these benefits, the actual function of the MPL, besides creating better electrical and thermal contact between the catalyst layer and the gas diffusion media, was still fairly “misty”. Recent experimental and simulation studies have ultimately resulted in a single explanation involving control by the MPL of the number and size of liquid water droplets to be directed toward the GDL.

Other links

Pragma Industries can now be followed on Twitter and Facebook. As a Twitter follower, you’ll be given notice of products info, some cool stuff we may see on fuel cell events as well as science news. The Facebook account will be used to post pictures highlighting our activities. Links to accounts are in bottom right corner of our website.
Pragma Industries is also exhibiting its products on Fuel Cell Markets Check it out at fuelcellmarkets.com
Pragma Industries SAS – 664 rue de Bassilour – 64210 Bidart – France
Phone: +33 559 512 755 – info@pragma-industries.com
About Pragma Industries: Based
in Bidart, Southwestern France, Pragma Industries is an innovative supplier of the best of breed fuel cell test equipment. From single cell testing to stack integration, Pragma Industries will find the response to your technical requirements.

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64210 Bidart France
Ph: +33 559 512 627
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Newsletter May 2010

Tuesday 11 May 2010
Fuel cell newsletter header may 2010 Pragma  Industries
Dear Sir/Madam,

Fuel cell business is every day getting stronger and stronger worldwide. There is now a real need to prepare the future generation of engineers and technicians to these technologies. In a few years from now, they will unsurprisingly build, install, maintain fuel cell systems. So we are putting in the headlights the premium version of our fuel cell training set targeting engineering curriculum.

At the science chapter, because we have received a strong interest in our first abstract about Pr. Dodelet’s team work on replacing platinum in FC, we are publishing it here again.
Regarding upcoming events, please note in your calendar (for 2011) the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Conference organized and chaired by our friend from the University of Birmingham, Pr. Bruno Pollet.
You will also see that we have completely re-designed our website. Its news and still has a few glitches here and there, so please remain comprehensive. I hope that the information published on the website will be of interest to you. Soon to come: a complete webstore where you’ll be able to buy directly our fuel cell products.

Yours faithfully,
Pierre Forté, CEO, Pragma Industries

Upcoming events
WHEC 2010 logoGEII logo Pragma’s team will be exhibiting our latest products at the 18th World Hydrogen Energy Conference and the 37th French Electronics & Industrial Computing Education Congress. We will display new accessories for PEM fuel cells testing as well as the premium version fuel cell training kit.

• 18th WHEC, Essen, Germany, Mai 16-21
• GEII Congress, Rennes France, June 9-11
If you wish to organize a private meeting with a member of our team, please email us at contact@pragma-industries.com.

For detailed information on events, please go to:

In December 2011, Pr. Bruno Pollet, head of fuel cells research at the University of Birmingham (UK) is chairing the Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Conference in Cancun, Mexico. It will gather carefully selected plenary and invited lectures from distinguished researchers from all over the world. The conference will focus on:
  • • Hydrogen production and materials
  • • Materials for hydrogen storage
  • • Fuel cell research and development
  • • Hydrogen and fuel cell applications
Date of the event: 1-4 december 2011 (I guess we’ll have time to talk about it again…). Location: Cancun (!)

Products info

Fuel cell premium  training set ClearPak Fuel cell PREMIUM Training Set

We are now proposing the Premium version of our Fuel Cell Training Set. It includes several additional tools such as H2 pressure reducer, FC temperature sensor and display, air breathing compression plate, calibrated torque screwdriver, additional H2 storage and spare parts. The Premium Set is designed to reproduce a complete industrial fuel cell system for engineering curriculum in mechanics, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, chemistry, electrochemistry, electricity.

Compared to the Basic Set configuration, the Premium version offers additional experimentation capabilities like:

  • • Dew point/FC temperature coupling
  • • effect of H2 overpressure
  • • performance decay with self sustaining air-breathing fuel cell
  • • Effect of electrodes compression on performances

The complete set combines simplicity of use for the beginner and advanced testing capabilities for the experienced user.
Learn more on this product by
clicking here.

Fuel  cell set suitcase

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R&D Focus

Platinum powder Carbon foam for mitigating water management issues in low temperature fuel cells

Two original papers have recently proposed to deal with the water management problem by replacing by or adding to the conventional channeled bipolar plate of the PEM fuel cell, a novel material in this research area: porous carbon foam. Metallic foams have been under consideration for batteries and other electrochemical devices, but in the fuel cell area the use of porous foam is clearly not a serious option yet. This could change thanks to the new results reported here (click on the link to read full article).

To read the full article, follow this link.

Other links

Pragma Industries is also exhibiting its products on Fuel Cell Markets
Check it out at
fuelcellmarkets.com

Pragma Industries SAS – 664 rue de Bassilour – 64210 Bidart – France
Phone: +33 559 512 755 –
info@pragma-industries.com
Fuel Cell EducationFC Test stations - Cell Compression UnitFuel CellsMetal Hydride Tanks
About Pragma Industries:
Based in Bidart, Southwestern France, Pragma Industries is an innovative supplier of the best of breed fuel cell test equipment. From single cell testing to stack integration, Pragma Industries will find the response to your technical requirements.

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This newsletter is published by:
Pierre Forté
Managing director
Pragma Industries SAS
665 rue de Bassilour
64210 Bidart France
Ph: +33 559 512 627
http://www.pragma-industries.com
info@pragma-industries.com
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This message is intended for the use of the addressee only and may contain information that is privileged and confidential. If you are not the intended recipient, you are notified that any dissemination of this communication is strictly prohibited unless expressively stated differently in the text above. If you have received this communication in error, please notify us immediately by return of this e-mail thereafter deleting it from any computer it may have been stored on.
Copyright © 2010 Pragma Industries

Newsletter January 2010

Monday 4 January 2010
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Dear Sir/Madam,

For this first newsletter of 2010, I’m delighted to wish you a happy and successful New Year.
At the products chapter, we are introducing a new fuel cell experimentation kit that you might like for demo, education or training. As usual, we have included in the newsletter a technical paper focusing on a scientific achievement that could bring an increase in performances or decrease of cost to fuel cells.

Yours faithfully,
Pierre Forté, CEO, Pragma Industries

Upcoming events
Logo FC Expo 2010 Pragma’s team will be exhibiting our latest products at the 6th Fuel Cell Expo and the Hannover Messe 2010. We will display new test equipment for PEM fuel cells as well as our latest fuel cell experience kit for demo and education.

• 6th FC Expo, Tokyo, March 3-5 French Pavilion
• H2FC-Fair, Hannover Messe, April 19-23 French Pavilion
Logo Hannover Messe
If you wish to organize a private meeting with a member of our team, please email us at contact@pragma-industries.com .

For detailed information on events, please go to:

Products info
ClearPak fuel cell

ClearPak experimentation set

Designed around the ClearPak fuel cell, we are now proposing a complete experimentation set including e-load, air supply with flow control, hydrogen supply with automatic purge valve, ready to use in a single package.
ClearPak fuel cell is designed to observe the liquid water behavior inside the cell through realistic gas distribution flowfield.

Created to give an insight of the engineering of a commercial fuel cell, the possible experimentations with the set include the study of:

  • performances upon air stoichiometry
  • hydrogen purging effect in dead-end mode
  • water balance upon gas flow parameters

The complete set combines simplicity of use for the beginner and advanced testing capabilities for the experienced user.
Learn more on this product by clicking here.

metal hydride tanks

Metal hydride hydrogen storage

Our broad range of metal hydride tanks, from 5 standard liters to 5000 sL of hydrogen, offers flexibility and security for many applications:

  • Micro fuel cell systems
  • Fuel cell education kits
  • Portable hydrogen storage
  • Lab instrument hydrogen supply

Custom design for specific applications is also available.
Download the full brochure here.

R & D Focus
TiO2 material

A metal oxide alternative to carbon as catalyst support in low-temperature fuel cells

Current commercial Pt/C catalysts suffer from a lack of durability in polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEMFCs and DMFCs) due mainly to concomitant carbon corrosion and platinum dissolution/sintering during start-up and shut-down procedures. Metal oxides have been regarded as potential alternatives to high-surface area carbon for a while now, and in particular TiO2 thanks to its very good mechanical properties and superior electrochemical resistance in acidic and oxidative conditions. Two recent studies report significant milestones achieved toward the use of titanium dioxide in fuel cells: drastic increase of anode efficiency in DMFCs and enhanced stability of PEM fuel cell performances.

To read the full article, follow this link.

Other links
Pragma Industries is now exhibiting its products on Fuel Cell Markets
Check it out at fuelcellmarkets.com
Pragma Industries SAS – 664 rue de Bassilour – 64210 Bidart – France
Phone: +33 559 512 755 – info@pragma-industries.com
Fuel Cell EducationFC Test stations Cell Compression UnitFuel CellsMetal Hydride Tanks
About Pragma Industries:
Based in Bidart, Southwestern France, Pragma Industries is an innovative supplier of the best of breed fuel cell test equipment. From single cell testing to stack integration, Pragma Industries will find the response to your technical requirements
IN PRINT
This newsletter is published by:
Pierre Forté
Managing director
Pragma Industries SAS
665 rue de Bassilour
64210 Bidart France
Ph: +33 559 512 627
Web : http://www.pragma-industries.com//
Email: info@pragma-industries.com
DISCLAIMER
This message is intended for the use of the addressee only and may contain information that is privileged and confidential. If you are not the intended recipient, you are notified that any dissemination of this communication is strictly prohibited unless expressively stated differently in the text above. If you have received this communication in error, please notify us immediately by return of this e-mail thereafter deleting it from any computer it may have been stored on.
Copyright © 2009 Pragma Industries SAS

Newsletter September 2009

Friday 4 September 2009
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“Dear Sir, Madam,
I am Pierre Forté, CEO of Pragma Industries. I’m proud to present you our first newsletter. Pragma is a dynamic supplier of fuel cell test equipment and an independent fuel cell research lab. This newsletter will address the following topics: upcoming events, new products information and a science note. I hope you will share my enthusiasm about the fuel cell revolution and I look forward to exchanging with you in the near future.”

Pierre Forté, CEO, Pragma Industries

Upcoming events
grove2009_banner468x60 Pragma’s team will be exhibiting our latest products at the Grove Fuel Cell Symposium and the F-Cell Forum. Visitors will see the Cell Compression Unit v2 in demonstration and our newest PEM221 test station will be in display.

Grove FC Symposium, London 22-24 Sept. booth 104
F-Cell Forum, Stuttgart, 28-29 Sept. booth 17
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If you wish to organize a private meeting with a member of our team, please email us at contact@pragma-industries.com .

For detailed information on events, please go to:
http://www.grovefuelcell.com/index.asp
http://www.f-cell.de/englisch/home/

Products info
ccu_v2 Cell Compression Unit v2

The Cell Compression Unit v2 has been on the market for 6 months with great results. As a unique tool to control compression force applied on fuel cell core and cell temperature, it achieves perfectly reproducible test conditions and reveals itself as a precious equipment to evaluate PEMFC or DMFC performances.

The new version of the equipment integrates a large graphic touchscreen interface, programming functionalities, improvements such as ultralow friction losses, micron scale piston precision, and software auto update.
Learn more on this product by clicking here
pem221 PEM221 Test station
The tester, designed to test fuel cells and stacks up to 300W, meets industrial and university research requirements. Reliability, efficiency and accuracy are the main highlights of the PEM221.

  • Automatic mass flow control
  • Reactant humidification
  • Cell temperature control
  • Open source LabView® based control software

Download the full brochure here.

R & D Focus
platinumpowder2 Iron to replace platinum in PEM fuel cells anytime soon?

For our monthly scientific highlight, honor is given to the great results obtained by Pr Dodelet ‘s team at INRS, Canada, which have been published earlier this year in Science magazine. Their research focus is on non precious metal catalysts (NPMC) for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in PEM fuel cells. The team has successfully prepared and tested Fe-N based compounds with a dramatically higher volumetric density of active sites towards ORR in the microporous carbon support. The best new catalyst exhibits an overall rate of reaction that is 35 times higher than the previous best NPMC as far and very close to the 2010 DoE target, and compares well with Pt-based catalysts at low current densities.

To read the full article, follow this link.

Other links
Link to our latest press release here about Pragma’s private equity funding.
Pragma Industries SAS – 664 rue de Bassilour – 64210 Bidart – France
Phone: +33 559 512 755 – info@pragma-industries.com
FC Test stations Cell Compression UnitFuel CellsMetal Hydride Tanks
About Pragma Industries:
Based in Bidart, Southwestern France, Pragma Industries is an innovative supplier of the best of breed fuel cell test equipment. From single cell testing to stack integration, Pragma Industries will find the response to your technical requirements
IN PRINT
This newsletter is published by:
Pierre Forté
Managing director
Pragma Industries SAS
665 rue de Bassilour
64210 Bidart France
Ph: +33 559 512 627
Web : www.pragma-industries.com
Email: info@pragma-industries.com
DISCLAIMER
This message is intended for the use of the addressee only and may contain information that is privileged and confidential. If you are not the intended recipient, you are notified that any dissemination of this communication is strictly prohibited unless expressively stated differently in the text above. If you have received this communication in error, please notify us immediately by return of this e-mail thereafter deleting it from any computer it may have been stored on.
Copyright © 2009 Pragma Industries SAS