The Altek Fuel Group announces that the extensive testing of its lab prototype, APS 100, demonstrates the creation of a fuel cell with a steady specific energy above 300wh/kg. The results of the fuel consumption (industrial aluminum) analysis show the ability to create a cost-effective, ecologically friendly and efficient fuel cell power supply with the highest specific energy and lowest energy cost of any portable power supply or battery on the market today!! One cartridge can power almost any portable application for 12, 24 hours or more.
The Company's aluminum-air fuel cell technology has been under intensive research and development for the past five years by company scientists.
Altek’s R&D team has been able to overcome several technological problems, including the hydrogen utilization, and its innovative design features proprietary GDEs and electrolyte.
Altek’s innovations remove all the previous obstacles incurred by other companies’ unsuccessful attempts to commercialize aluminum-air fuel cells.
The Company invites executives, original equipment manufacturers, product development engineers and other interested parties to discuss the commercialization of this exciting technology.
Aluminum Energy for Fuel Cells
ALTEK’s breakthroughs in chemistry and technology have provided the opportunity for aluminum, an abundant and fully recyclable metal, to be used as a fuel to generate electricity in fuel cells, both efficiently and economically.
In addition, using an energy source that is both plentiful and fully recyclable will dramatically enhance its utilization and provide benefits globally.
To fully understand the significance of these breakthroughs, it would be important to illuminate the nature of these discoveries.
For decades scientists have been attempting to unleash the extensive stored energy locked in aluminum (enthalpy - theoretical energy density 10.167kWh/kg), because it has one of the highest levels available in any metal or fuel. We can see the power of aluminum when its powder is ignited in fireworks.
Fortunately, ALTEK’s proposed technology has enabled this to become more viable and to be competitive in the energy marketplace, a phenomenon that has not been previously possible.
Having solved the major technical problems for production, the breadth of applications that can be undertaken advantageously is quite extensive.Furthermore, the technology and chemical analysis continues to be refined, adding to future efficiency.
Independent Technical Evaluation
The University of Toronto conducted a successful, third-party evaluation of Altek Fuel Group Inc.'s (AFG) Gas Diffusion Electrode (GDE) and its Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA) for PEM/Alkaline fuel cells to verify their performance and suitability for portable, residential and transportation applications. The conclusions confirmed that the GDEs and MEAs are ready for manufacturing. The project was done in conjunction with its affiliated research laboratory, in Toronto (1602635 Ontario Ltd.).
Project #: IN000000784 "Development of Commercial Gas Diffusion Electrodes and Membrane Electrode Assemblies for Fuel Cells", Date Completed: August 27, 2005.
This independent study, under a contract awarded by the Ontario Centre of Excellence and the Material Manufactures of Ontario, was undertaken by the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto.
The results measured the performance of the GDEs and MEAs and provided some confirmation of the proprietary techniques undertaken by Altek in its manufacturing process. Further analysis showed a number of the advantages of the company methodology. The unique GDE/MEA design reduced the handling requirements in each stage of production. There was a uniformity of distribution of the catalyst on the GDE and the process was reproducible and fully scalable. It showed increased performance in real conditions due to the use of oxygen from the air and a very low pressure, very stable source of hydrogen. In addition, there was no need for an intermediary source for electrical collection. The MEA was durable and environmentally friendly.
These essential building blocks for fuel cells represent the last technological obstacles for commercialization. On a more technical note, the study concluded that the firm" has demonstrated a way to mass produce, reproducible, low-cost integrated structures with optimal porosity, hydrophilic and hydrophobic layering with encapsulated current collector in a low resistivity structure".
The overall results are quite impressive. Altek has reached specific power parameters that are at least 1.5 to 2. 0 times as high as the leading industry benchmarks. Furthermore, the maximum current density has been enhanced by 1.4 to 1.8 times the benchmarks, while the voltage capability has vaulted by a ratio of 1.65. These great enhancements have significantly expanded the potential for commercialization in the fuel cell industry.