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Fuel cell membrane facility opens in South Korea

Published: 24 June 2019 - Carly Wills

VINATech has opened its new purpose built carbon materials and fuel cell membrane facility in Jeonju, South Korea.

This follows recent announcements from Europe, led by the UK and Norwegian governments, to reach zero carbon emissions by 2050 or earlier. Many experts believe that, to reach these goals, HFC (hydrogen fuel cells) will be at the forefront of planning and development.

This new 1,000 square metre factory, located on the grounds of VINATech’s main EDLC super capacitor division, has enabled the activated carbon team to increase its output capability by 300 per cent this year. Sitting alongside a dedicated super capacitor factory, the staff will be trained to support the high levels of automation used in both sites, thus increasing productivity, quality and cost efficiency.

The carbon team’s main product is a flexible solution for fuel cells, which will be a major power behind the zero carbon emission programmes that are growing across the globe. The road map claims to enable ten times the efficiency improvements in 10 years, whilst reducing costs substantially from continuing research in activated carbon material developments.

VINATech began its specialist carbon development in 2002 by supplying automotive producers with multi-layer MEA solutions and air filtering for industrial refrigerators. The company says that carbon quality is a key ingredient to the success of VINATech’s EDLC Super capacitor technology.

DK Sung, founder and CEO of VINATech, said, “We have confidence in this nano- composite technology and we have plans to expand further our capacity.”

The company has also recently opened a new factory near Hanoi, Vietnam.

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