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Fuel Cell Systems BASF to Exit Membrane Electrode Assemblies Business

| Editor: Dr. Jörg Kempf

BASF is restructuring its fuel cell systems activities and will focus on catalysts and adsorbents for fuel cells in the future. As a result, BASF Fuel Cell, Somerset, New Jersey, has been closed on August 1, 2013.

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Catalysts to generate hydrogen in fuel cells: A special honeycomb structure is soaked in a platinum nitrate solution to capture the active metal salt. The aim is to use honeycomb catalysts to generate hydrogen from natural gas.
(Picture: BASF)

Florham Park, New Jersey/USA, Ludwigshafen/Germany – The Somerset production site produced membrane electrode assemblies for high-temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell systems. The closing affects about 25 employees.

In the future BASF will focus on activities in the field of catalysts and adsorbents for fuel cells. These activities are run out of BASF’s Catalysts division. The company expects the market for electrical and reformer catalysts and for different fuel cell technologies to grow substantially going forward.

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