eColectro: Regenerating the Fuel Cell Economy

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Funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and administered by High Tech Rochester, NEXUS-NY is a proof-of-concept center chartered with accelerating the transition of clean-energy technologies from New York's research labs into the marketplace with educational, financial and business support. eColectro is one of the startups that participated in NEXUS-NY's second cohort. The team will now present their company at NEXUS-NY's Clean Energy Event and Demo Day on October 27. To learn more about how eColectro is changing the world, take a deep dive into their technology featured in NEXUS-NY's latest edition of New Energy Magazine.

eColectro | NEXUS-NY Cohort 2Company: eColectro

Description: eColectro is developing structurally robust and highly conductive polymer membranes for a range of applications, including fuel cells. eColectro’s alkaline membranes enable the replacement of platinum catalysts with non-precious metal alternatives within fuel cell membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs). Fuel cells manufactured using this technology can be potentially produced at half the cost of current state-of-the-art systems while promising to double durability.

Location: Cornell BEST, Ithaca, NY.

Achievement: eColectro continues to research ways to revolutionize how we power the nation. The company will now partner with other companies and universities who are actively using the various final applications of their technology.

Founding Team: Gabriel G. Rodriguez-Calero, PhD (CEO); Robert Lewis (CRO); Kristina Hugar, PhD (CSO); Geoffrey Coats (Cofounder); Hector Abruna (Cofounder)

“We’re researching polymers to make the whole system less expensive and longer lasting. Our core competency lies in making membranes that can enable the removal of precious metals from electrodes,” says Rodriguez-Calero.

NEXUS-NY Research: Throughout the second phase of the NEXUS-NY program, eColectro has been working to de-risk their technology by building a prototype, while continuing the customer discovery process and developing their go-to market plan.

Next Steps: eColectro team members are continuing their research of membrane technology, which could result in the complete removal of platinum from their catalyst layer. This is a result of alkaline chemistry, which allows for cheaper metals that can remain stable and will not corrode under operating conditions, like stainless steel or nickel.

Contact: Gabriel G. Rodgiguez-Calero | ggr@ecolectro.com

Topics: NEXUS-NY