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NICKEFFECT aims to develop novel ferromagnetic Ni-based coating materials to replace the scarce and costly Platinum and ensure high efficiency in key applications.

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Author: Danijel Pavlica

Advent Technologies SA is an advanced materials and systems development company operating in the competitive fuel cell and hydrogen technology sectors. Advent specializes in the development, manufacturing, and assembly of complete fuel cell systems and critical components that determine the performance of multi-fuel cells and other energy systems such as water electrolyzers.    Advent’s recently reported Ion-Pair Technology (or protonated HT-PEM) uses a superior PEM with a phosphonated functionalized ionomer binder for HT-PEMFCs based on a phosphoric acid (PA) imbibed polycation. This technology improves fuel cell performance at a wider temperature and humidity range and is already proven at lower-mid TRL levels. Moreover, this technology mitigates phosphoric acid evaporation and leaching through stronger electrostatic interaction of the PA with the inherent polymer functionality. The proof of concept of the ion-pair technology is already developed by Advent and provides excellent results.   Pt is the state-of-the-art electrocatalyst for HER in PEM-WE and PEM-FC followed by...

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The eagerly anticipated third consortium meeting of the NICKEFFECT project, signifying the culmination of one year of dedicated work, took place on June 20th, 2023, in Kahl am Main, Germany. The meeting was meticulously organized in a hybrid format, allowing participants the flexibility to attend either in person at the esteemed premises of Singulus Technologies or virtually.   During the meeting, the NICKEFFECT consortium seized the opportunity to showcase the notable progress achieved in each work package. Furthermore, engaging discussions were held to deliberate upon the future steps and strategic direction of the project. Our esteemed hosts, Berthold Ocker and Jürgen Langer, warmly welcomed the partners and provided them with an exclusive guided tour of the state-of-the-art premises and cutting-edge laboratories at Singulus Technologies, further enhancing the collaborative atmosphere.   The conclusion of the consortium meeting was that NICKEFFECT is on a good path to revolutionise the field of coating materials by developing innovative...

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The European Commission is a major contributor to scientific research and innovation, and two projects funded under the Horizon Europe programme are a testament to this. The NOUVEAU project and NICKEFFECT are two innovative initiatives aimed at developing new materials for energy and industrial applications, respectively. Both projects have received funding under the Horizon Europe programme, specifically under the HORIZON-CL4-2021-RESILIENCE-01-12 call.   The NOUVEAU project will focus on the development of solid oxide cells (SOCs) using innovative La- and PMG-free electrode materials, solid electrolyte, and interconnects. The aim of the project is to reduce the amount of rare earth elements (REEs) used in the SOCs by 30% and to use recycled Yt and Cr. The project will employ advanced coating methodologies, modelling techniques, sustainable-by-design approaches, and recycling methods to achieve these goals.   NICKEFFECT, on the other hand, will concentrate on the development of novel ferromagnetic Ni-based coating materials. The project aims to replace...

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Nickel-based coatings have gained popularity in recent years as an alternative to platinum group metal (PGM)-based coatings, due to their cost-effectiveness, corrosion resistance, thermal stability, hardness, and surface finish. In this article, we will discuss the benefits of using nickel-based coatings and how they compare to PGM-based coatings.   One of the major benefits of using nickel-based coatings is their cost. Nickel is significantly less expensive than PGMs, making nickel-based coatings a more cost-effective option for many applications. This cost advantage can be significant for industries such as automotive and electronics where large volumes of coated parts are needed.   Another important benefit of nickel-based coatings is their corrosion resistance. Nickel has good corrosion resistance in a wide range of environments, making it a suitable choice for applications where exposure to corrosive substances is a concern. This makes nickel-based coatings ideal for use in industries such as chemical processing and marine engineering.   In addition to...

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