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Recent breakthroughs in nanotechnology have helped bring new and more efficient energy applications to life, including fuel cells, batteries, photovoltaic (PV) cells and biodiesel. Microfluidics is proud to be the technology of choice used by several leading researchers and manufacturers as they develop innovative energy products to help change the world.
Today’s researchers are looking to develop high-performance materials, and Microfluidizer® processors offer a unique solution. Our technology meets the current needs of the energy industry with:
Fuel cells are used primarily in automotive, stationary power and mobile consumer products to improve performance and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. They consist of two electrodes coated by an “ink” which contains the catalyst (and commonly carbon) that are separated by an electrolyte (can be liquid or solid, e.g. a membrane). Fuel cells offer an efficient way to generate energy while emitting minimal greenhouse gases.
Over the past 30 years, Microfluidics has consistently demonstrated the ability to process materials used in the production of fuel cell components and similar materials (e.g. inkjet inks) with a highly uniform, often submicron particle size. Few homogenizer technologies can approach the results achieved by Microfluidizer® technology.
Microfluidizer® processors help manufacturers of catalyst or electrode materials to:
Photovoltaic or solar cells use light as their energy source and transform it into electrical energy. They are composed of multiple layers of material that work together to generate electricity. Microfluidizer® processors add efficiency throughout the photovoltaic energy production chain, from capturing light to converting and conducting it.
Solar cells utilize nanomaterials where small particle sizes and good homogeneity are crucial. One such material commonly used in photovoltaic cells is carbon nanotubes (CNTs). Microfluidizer® processors are ideally suited for the deagglomeration, purification and dispersion of CNTs; along with nanosuspensions of other solid materials.