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Bac2 appoints Jim Totczyk as Head of Production


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Reference: Bac2-006

Southampton, UK, September 3, 2007: Bac2, the fuel-cell materials company, has appointed Jim Totczyk (43) as Head of Production. The move is part of the company’s strategy to gear up for volume manufacture of bipolar plates and end plates made from its patented ElectroPhen conductive polymer.

Totczyk’s initial role will be to develop manufacturing processes that both improve the smoothness of finish for even lower contact resistance and to look at all aspects of cost-effective manufacturing. Volumes are expected to reach millions of units per annum in the coming years as the adoption of fuel cell technology becomes more widespread.

Totczyk is a production engineering specialist. He joins Bac2 from Meggitt Avionics where, as Head of Operations, he was instrumental in introducing lean manufacturing processes to the business. Before that he spent 17 years with Brookes & Gatehouse, latterly as Director of Manufacturing, where he worked on polymer moulding techniques for hermetic sealing.

Bac2’s Managing Director, Mike Stannard, said: “We are very fortunate to have found someone of Jim’s expertise and experience to join us as we develop our manufacturing strategy. His experience is directly relevant to the challenges we face and his appointment will accelerate our penetration of the market for conductive plates in fuel cells.”

Bac2’s unique conductive polymer, ElectroPhen, is ideally suited to conductive plate production for polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) and other low temperature fuel cells. It is made from readily available bulk materials and can be moulded at room temperature using simple processes. Other composite plate solutions require extra surface treatments or high temperature firing to overcome the use of non- conductive resins, making them more expensive. High filler loadings can also make rival products brittle and fragile – an undesirable characteristic, particularly for fuel cells used in demanding automotive applications. ElectroPhen already exceeds the US Department of Energy in-plane conductivity target of 200 Siemens per centimeter by a large margin.


For further information and reader enquiries:

Mike Stannard, CEO, Bac2, Millbrook Technology Campus, Southampton, S015 0DJ, UK

Tel: +44 (0) 23 8031 2784 E-mail: mike.stannard@bac2.co.uk
Web: www.bac2.co.uk

PR agency contact:
Bob Jones, TechnoPR Limited, The Old Vicarage, Upper South Wraxall, Bradford-on-Avon,
Wiltshire BA15 2SB, UK

Tel: +44 (0) 1225 866930 E-mail: bob.jones@technopr.com
Web: www.technopr.com

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 everything from cars and buses to laptops and mobile phones and even homes and offices in the years to come. They provide clean efficient energy as part of the emerging hydrogen<


Publisher Contact Information:

Bac2
+44 (0) 23 8031 2784
mike.stannard@bac2.co.uk

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