Microfluidizer® Processing in the Energy Industry
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 power several leading researchers and manufacturers as they develop innovative energy products to help change the world.
Moving Beyond Conventional Particle Size and Mixing Technology
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:
- Highest shear and impact, which produces the smallest, ultrafine particle sizes
- Highest energy mixing at a microliter scale to create uniform dispersion, which creates higher performance
- High-energy mixing of viscous materials
- The ability to handle reduced quantities of more expensive materials
- Highly efficient, high-yield recovery of cell-derived biomolecules
Fuel cells are used primarily in automotive, stationary power and mobile consumer products to improve performance and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. Fuel cells never degrade and they emit minimal greenhouse gases. Because they require an input of fuel, circuits must be highly efficient and materials cost effective.
Over the past 20 years, Microfluidics has consistently demonstrated the ability to process fuel cell and similar materials (e.g., inkjet inks) with a highly uniform average particle size less than 200 nm. Few homogenizer technologies can approach the results achieved by Microfluidizer® technology — and those that can, cannot scale up to production volume.
Microfluidizer® processors help manufacturers of catalyst or electrode materials to:
- Reduce the amount of catalyst needed
- Improve efficiency with a 10 nm dispersed coating for metal plates
- Create uniform electrodes for easier and more consistent post-processing
- Scale up from lab to full industrial production — guaranteed
Photovoltaic, or solar, cells use light as their energy source and do not have a catalyst. Instead, 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 often use carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to collect light from the sun. Microfluidizer® processors are ideally suited for the deagglomeration, purification and dispersion of CNTs.
Nanosuspensions must be uniformly dispersed to enable easy and efficient post-processing. Microfluidizer® technology is based on a constant pressure system achieved by fixed-geometry interaction chambers, resulting in a consistent processing environment.