SAFCell is a Caltech startup developing a unique intermediate temperature fuel cell technology for portable and stationary power applications. Using the history of SAFCell as an example, CEO Calum Chisholm will speak about the challenges of commercializing a materials based, alternate energy company where a decade long product development plan is par for the course.
Calum founded SAFCell, Inc. in November, 2009 to develop and commercialize solid acid fuel cells (SAFCs). SAFCell develops scalable SAFC stacks for applications requiring tens of watts to tens of kilowatts. Based on technology developed at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and operating at mid-range temperatures around 250°C, SAFCell stacks tolerate impurities that pose obstacles for other fuel cell technologies, while still using durable and inexpensive metal and polymer components. This combination results in rugged stacks that operate easily on commercially available fuels, greatly reducing overall fuel cell system complexity and cost. SAFCell is partnering with targeted system integrators to enter first portable, and then stationary power markets. SAFCell has earned, raised, and been awarded a total of $12 million dollars since 2010.
Working with many exceptional collaborators, Dr. Chisholm has published 21 scientific papers and holds 22 issued patents.
Invocation: Helen Baatz
Guest Introductions: Jack Bonholtzer
Song Leader: Gary Kearney
Accompanist: Ross Jutsum