SMP Receives Two NIST ATP Awards for MEAs

June 13, 2002 by Jeff Shepard

Superior MicroPowders LLC (SMP, Albuquerque, NM) announced that it has been granted two National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Advanced Technology Program (ATP) awards for the development of high-volume manufacturing of next-generation, membrane-electrode assemblies (MEAs) for direct-methanol fuel cells (DMFCs) and reformed-fuel, polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells.

The SMP NIST ATP award entitled, "Development of High-Volume Digital Manufacturing of Membrane-Electrode Assemblies for Fuel Cells" is a $3.2 million, three-year program with major program objectives to develop materials and digital deposition technology, which will reduce precious metal content and enable flexible manufacturing techniques for high-volume manufacturing of DMFC MEAs.

The SMP NIST ATP award entitled, "Elevated-Temperature, Reformate-Tolerant, Membrane-Electrode Assemblies for Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells" is a three-year, $3.1 million program focusing on the development of novel high-temperature membranes and advanced MEA manufacturing methods to produce MEAs that can tolerate high levels of reformed-fuel feed impurities.