Pajarito Powder: Affordable Fuel Cell Catalysts

Pajarito Powder is fundamentally changing the economics of fuel cells by enabling better performance and greater durability at a lower cost. Pajarito Powder, a U.S. based, venture-backed company, develops and manufactures Engineered Catalyst Supports (ECS) for the rigorous power density requirements of Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) as well as Precious-Metal-Free (PMF) catalysts for next generation application.

The Pajarito Powder team brings decades of first-class catalyst development and manufacturing experience to support the company mission: to provide high-performance, affordable catalyst technology. Supported by a comprehensive portfolio of both internally developed and externally licensed intellectual property, Pajarito Powder has created the VariPore™ manufacturing platform to provide both contemporary solutions for the automotive industry, as well as for other long-term catalyst solutions. Please view our Brochures and Corporate Data Sheets for technical information.

Engineered Catalyst Supports (ECS)

Pajarito Powder’s Engineered Catalyst Supports (ECS) improve performance, extend working life and reduce the cost of fuel cells for the most demanding applications, including FCEVs. ECSs are composed of inexpensive, widely available materials, and can be manufactured economically at scale using the patented VariPore™ process. Pajarito Powder’s ECS materials enable highly specific platinum catalyst performance (activity) while combining high resistance to both carbon corrosion (durability) and platinum dispersion (stability).

Precious-Metal-Free (PMF) Catalyst

Pajarito Powder’s world-leading commercial PMF catalysts provide a near-term low-cost solution for low and moderate power density applications, such as back-up power, Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and waste-water treatment. PMF materials also offer the potential, given component, stack and system optimization, for the long-term replacement of precious metals in fuel cell catalysts. Manufactured with the proprietary VariPore™ process, Pajarito Powder PMF catalysts achieve unprecedented activity, stability, and reasonable durability under real-world operating conditions, all at material and production costs that are dramatically lower than platinum-based catalysts.

Electrolyzer Catalysts (in development)

Pajarito Powder recently began expanding the use of its VariPore™ process and extensive knowledge of low-cost catalyst materials by developing new formulations for electrolyzer applications. While our research, supported by a cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Energy ARPA-E (Award DE-AR0000688) is still in its early stages, evaluation samples are available to select customers and partners. The inexpensive catalyst materials under development at Pajarito Powder offer the potential for lower capital and operating costs for electrolyzers, critical to broad deployment of clean, on-demand and on-site hydrogen production.

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