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Fuel-cell materials maker Bac2 expands into new facilities at Millbrook Technology Campus


Southampton, UK, June 20, 2007: Bac2, the fuel-cell materials company, will open new offices and a test laboratory at the Millbrook Technology Campus in Southampton (UK) in August (2007). Bac2 manufactures ElectroPhen™, a patented conductive polymer that is used to create bipolar plates and end caps for polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell stacks. The bipolar plates provide connections between individual fuel cells and the end caps provide connections to the outside world, not unlike the connectors on batteries. Fuel cells represent one of the key technologies in the development of environmentally friendly power sources. They produce water vapour as a waste product and no carbon dioxide. ElectroPhen is easily manufactured economically in bulk and the cost and performance advantages it offers have the potential to accelerate the adoption of fuel cell technology for powering everything from notebook computers to buses and cars.

The new fuel cell test laboratory, based around state-of-the-art test equipment from H2Economy, will enable the company to accelerate development of customised versions of ElectroPhen. Each fuel cell design has differing plate requirements with respect to the balance of conductivity, hydrogen permeability, hydrophobicity and mechanical strength needed. The test lab will be used for in-cell testing of the material, enabling the best composite for each application to be developed. Bac2’s CEO, Mike Stannard, said, “We believe that a responsible component supplier to an industry on the cusp of large scale expansion should play its part in releasing components and component materials that have been tested in a genuine and properly recorded in-cell environment. The test equipment investment not only means that we can do this, it means that we can do it quickly and accurately, something that will be of vital importance to companies entering the increasingly competitive fuel cell market.”

Recent independent tests on ElectroPhen by the University of Portsmouth (UK) have confirmed its technical suitability as a fuel cell material. Furthermore, mechanical engineering students at the university recently completed a successful final-year project to create an innovative air-breathing fuel cell using Bac2’s ElectroPhen plates, which were moulded to their own design.

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For further information and reader enquiries:

Mike Stannard, CEO, Bac2, Set Squared, The University of Southampton S017 1BJ, UK

Tel: +44 (0) 23 8059 8572
E-mail: mike@bac2.co.uk
Web: www.bac2.co.uk

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About Bac2
Bac2 is the developer of ElectroPhen™, an electrically conductive plastic that will make a significant contribution to the early adoption of clean energy from fuel cell stacks. Fuel cells are technically proven sources of clean energy for our planet, but adoption is presently limited by cost. Up to 30% of the cost of Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) fuel cell stacks, the most popular types, comes from so-called bipolar plates and end plates that interconnect individual cells and provide connections to the outside world. The bipolar plates have to conduct electricity, keep the reaction gasses separated and channel away waste water and heat from the reaction. ElectroPhen™ is a unique material that can be used to form these plates and it will contribute significantly to improvements in fuel cell cost/performance. Furthermore, as Bac2 demonstrates that ElectroPhen™ is mechanically more flexible than alternative materials developed for this application, it will result in a more rugged and reliable product. ElectroPhen™ therefore has the potential to bring forward the day fuel cells become widely adopted.

Already in commercial use as auxiliary generators, fuel cells are widely expected to power ev


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