Fuel cells are energy conversion devices which produce electricity from a fuel and an oxidant reacting in the presence of an electrolyte. The electrolyte remains within the cell, while the reactants flow into it and then out of it after the reaction occurs. The advantage of fuel cells is that they can operate continuously if reactants are maintained at proper levels. Widely discussed in the media, hydrogen fuel cells use hydrogen as fuel and oxygen as an oxidant while other fuels such as alcohols (methanol/ethanol) have received attention as well.
Protomatic has long been involved in manufacturing biofuel components for fuel cell and power distribution, fulfilling our promise to work on products that will make the world a greener place. One area in which we have seen much activity is in improving the internal combustion engine to work with hydrogen, E85, E15, methanol, ethanol, and other bio-fuels. Currently, we are involved in manufacturing custom direct-inject biofuel components, manifolds, and covers as well as modifying engines for improved performance and engineering sensor monitoring for research and development purposes.