BASF/Advent tie-up on supply chain for hydrogen fuel cell systems in Europe

BASF Environmental Catalyst and Metal Solutions, a supplier of precious metals and catalysis, and Advent Technologies Holdings, focusing on the fuel cell and hydrogen technology sectors, have concluded the terms of a new agreement to join efforts in building a full loop component supply chain for fuel cells and enter discussions to extend the partnership into the field of water electrolysis.

For 20 years, BASF Environmental Catalyst and Metal Solutions has been a leader in membrane and MEA technology for high temperature proton exchange membrane (HT-PEM) fuel cells with a strong foundation in precious metal services and catalysis. Advent is the largest manufacturer of HT-PEM fuel cell systems targeting emerging markets in the field of sustainable and decentralized energy such as stationary power that can replace diesel generators, marine power from e-methanol fuel cells and heavy-duty mobility.

HT-PEM fuel cells operate at 120 to 180°C, offer a broad operating window and tolerate impurities in the hydrogen fuel gas. The fuel cells also enable simplified cooling and need no humidification. Advent offers competitive fuel cell systems for stationary and portable applications based on methanol and on-site reforming. In the future, HT-PEM fuel cells will be also available for heavy duty mobility and marine power.

“We are committed to building a full loop supply chain for green hydrogen technologies including precious metal services, catalysts, components and recycling. Expanding our longstanding cooperation with Advent enables us both to grow in the HT-PEM fuel cell market and helps position Europe as a leading region for the hydrogen industrial transformation,” said Tim Ingle, Senior Vice President, BASF Environmental Catalyst and Metal Solutions.

The scope of the agreement includes BASF’s role in scaling up MEA production at Advent’s planned manufacturing facility in Western Macedonia, Greece, while offering Advent its full portfolio of products and services to enable circularity in key materials. Both companies will cooperate on BASF’s latest membrane development, Celtec-Z, and the new Ion Pair MEA membrane concept by Advent, aiming for improved performance, lifetime and cost competitiveness.

Advent’s Green HiPo project involves the development, design and manufacture of HT-PEM fuel cells and electrolysers. The project is under the framework of the Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI) that is promoting hydrogen development and deployment to boost jobs and growth throughout Europe while contributing to a green and resilience agenda.

BASF will support further market uptake of the HT-PEM fuel cells by providing a broad portfolio of services and products at scale, including PGM (Platinum Group Metals) services, catalysts, membranes, and recycling.