Tanaka Precious Metals will exhibit at "FC EXPO 2016 - 12th International Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Expo," one of the world's largest fuel cell exhibitions, which will be held at Tokyo Big Sight from Wednesday, March 2 until Friday, March 4, 2016.
The booth will feature a first-ever exhibit of electrode catalysts for polymer electrolyte electrolysis cells (PEECs), which are used in the manufacture of hydrogen, which has drawn the attention over the years from the renewable energy field. In addition, there will be a panel display and explanations by staff representatives regarding the precious metal materials used in fuel cell and related technologies that are required in a hydrogen-based society, such as electrode catalysts for polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs), palladium alloy hydrogen permeable films and combustion catalysts.
With general release of fuel cell vehicles, fiscal 2015 is forecast to be the biggest year ever for shipments of fuel cell electrode catalysts. At this exhibition, Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo will exhibit and show off all the fuel cell-related precious metal materials it has been developing and manufacturing over many years. Incidentally,
Tanaka has exhibited at FC EXPO every year since it was first held. The precious metals technology acquired over 130 years by Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo since its establishment in 1885 is utilized in the development of fuel cell electrode catalysts, which began in 1985. With demand for residential-use fuel cells and the launch of fuel cell vehicles in recent years, Tanaka invested about one billion yen in 2013 to build a dedicated plant, within its Kanagawa Prefecture plant, for the development and manufacture of fuel cell catalysts. It is developing systems for stable supply of fuel cell catalysts in the expectation of even greater demand going forward.