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Advent Technologies opens R&D facility for fuel cell, H2 production advanced membranes and electrodes

Advent Technologies announced the opening of its new state-of-the-art research and development and manufacturing facility at Hood Park in Charlestown, MA. The new facility represents a significant investment in Advent’s future growth and will enable the company to accelerate its efforts to scale-up and deliver on the increasing global demand for electrochemical components in the clean energy sector.

Advent’s Hood Park facility is situated in the center of Boston’s thriving innovation and R&D community and boasts a total area of approximately 21,000 sq ft. The new facility brings together Advent’s corporate office staff, who were previously based at 200 Clarendon Street in downtown Boston, and the Company’s research and development team, which was based at Greentown Labs in Somerville, Massachusetts. By integrating these two teams under one roof, Advent aims to streamline its operations and foster a more collaborative and innovative work environment.

Advent’s newly opened site offers an array of state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, including:

  • modern coating machines to support the seamless transition from prototypes to initial production runs for advanced membranes and electrodes for both fuel cells and low-cost H2 production.
  • a fully analytical facility dedicated to quality control, failure analysis and improving product lifetime.
  • fuel cell and electrolyzer test stations for statistical process control and development of next-generation membrane electrode assembly (MEA) materials.
  • a mechanical engineering lab for developing automated assembly processes for MEAs and stacks.

Advent’s Hood Park facility will be producing a range of innovative products, including the ion-pair Advent MEA, which is currently under development as part of the company’s joint development program with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory and National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

With the ion-pair MEA technology, Advent is looking to revolutionize the global MEA market by producing fuel cells that can last at least three times longer and deliver double the power density of its previous systems. These next-generation PEM-based fuel cells would be capable of consistently operating at more than 100°C for over 20,000 hours, making them an ideal choice for heavy-duty mobility applications. The move to the Hood Park facility will enable Advent to significantly expand the production capacity of the ion-pair Advent MEA in-line with its growth plan.

Dr. Vasilis Gregoriou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Advent Technologies, said, “Today is a significant achievement for the entire Advent team worldwide. Undoubtedly, 2022 was a year of tremendous progress in the clean energy sector, leading to an unprecedented surge in interest in fuel cell products and electrochemistry components. Over the past two years, we have been dedicated to completing our new state-of-the-art R&D and manufacturing facility. The move to Hood Park is perfectly timed and marks a major step forward for Advent’s goal of becoming a leader in the hydrogen industry. We are excited about expanding our production capacity and growing our team to meet the increasing global demand for our innovative products.”

Dr. Emory De Castro, Chief Technology Officer of Advent Technologies, said, “Advent’s new facility at the Hood Park campus is a major milestone in the company’s quest to accelerate the global transition to a net-zero carbon future. By providing clean and sustainable power from hydrogen fuels, Advent is helping to replace polluting diesel generators and combustion engines with environmentally friendly alternatives. In addition to supporting Advent’s growth in the U.S. market, the new facility is also expected to create numerous job opportunities for young professionals, including material scientists and fuel cell engineers based in Massachusetts. The proximity of Hood Park to top research universities will enable Advent to tap into a rich pool of intellectual talent and further enhance its innovative efforts, solidifying its position as a leader in the electrochemistry components industry.”