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Fuel Cell Applications
USI’s fuel cell coating systems features patented, nozzle-less ultra-Thin Coating Application Technology (tCAT). Ultra-Spray Coating heads employ ultrasonic energy to produce the spray and a low pressure-directed air stream to shape the required pattern. This technology is ideal for the thin, uniform application of a variety of coatings onto carbon paper and cloth GDL’s, membranes, interconnect plates and cylindrical substrates for high and low-temperature PEM, DMFC, and SOFC fuel cells. Coating transfer efficiencies of 95% and the non-clogging, nozzle-less spray head design offers a superior choice compared to conventional spray techniques. Typical coatings include:
- Precious metal based catalyst inks and suspension containing Pt, PtC and Ir
- Ceramic powder based slurries
- Electrolyte solutions
- Other proprietary coatings
USI’s coating platforms feature Precision Metering Pump liquid delivery technology with integrated fluid stirring, keeping suspensions and inks properly mixed while offering micro-stepping motor controlled positive displacement fluid delivery to the spray head. Systems can also be configured with programmable substrate heat plates with a vacuum. USI has many systems installed worldwide for both R&D and fuel cell production.
USI product line for fuel cell coating:
- PRISM-400 BT (Benchtop) for lab scale requirements
- PRISM-500 for R&D and manufacturing
- PRISM-800 for large area, high-volume, and high-throughput manufacturing
Contact us to discuss how a USI coating system can be configured to meet your particular requirements.