BREMEN, GERMANY – Oct. 20, 2022 – Dr. Olaf Conrad of New Mexico-based Pajarito Powder will chair the second day of the Hydrogen Technology Expo on Oct. 20.
Pajarito Powder is a hydrogen and fuel cell catalyst maker whose backers include Hyundai Motor Company and Bekaert (Euronext Brussels: BEKB), a global €5.9 billion wire and coating technologies company whose products include critical subcomponents for electrolyzers, which create green hydrogen from water. Pajarito Powder works to improve the performance and cost-efficiency of fuel cell and electrolyzer catalysts. Longer-lasting electrolyzers and fuel cells are critical to reducing their costs and improving the financial argument for increased global dependance on hydrogen as a key energy source.
The focus of the Hydrogen Technology Expo is “technologies and solutions for a low carbon hydrogen future.” Conrad will chair the second day of sessions, “Fuel Cell Design, Development, & Manufacturing” track.
Conrad has more than 20 years of leadership experience in electrochemical energy conversion technologies in four countries on three continents. His most recent roles included the establishment of South Africa’s flagship Centre of Competence in Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Catalysis, HySA/Catalysis in Cape Town, South Africa, as Director, and overseeing all technical areas of the Redox Flow Battery product line at Schmid Energy Systems in Freudenstadt, Germany. Immediately prior to joining Pajarito Powder between 2016 and 2021 he grew German battery startup Jenabatteries from five to 35 employees and a valuation of a quarter billion dollars as Managing Director.
About Pajarito Powder
Based in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, Pajarito Powder, LLC is a world leader in the development and commercialization of advanced electrocatalysts for fuel cells and electrolyzers. Pajarito Powder manufactures a range of catalyst products using its own intellectual property as well as intellectual property licensed from the University of New Mexico,
Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique. Pajarito Powder manufacturers catalysts for use with proton-exchange membranes (PEM) and alkaline fuel cells and electrolyzers; it also manufactures a proprietary Precious-Metal-Free catalyst for fuel cells. Pajarito Powder materials more effectively use the platinum group metals (PGM) component of catalysts, resulting in higher performance, better stability and improved durability.
Pajarito Powder is a venture-backed startup funded by Hyundai Motor Company, Bekaert, Verge Fund, Omphalos Venture Partners and other private investors.