Overview

Fuel cell Components

Greater Performance. Greater Understanding.

In 1994, Gore developed its proprietary reinforced membrane technology, based on our expertise in engineering ePTFE. Since then we have produced millions of membrane electrode assemblies, more than any other supplier in the industry.

Our product line includes:

  • GORE-SELECT® Membrane
  • Gore Catalyst Coated Membrane
  • GORE® PRIMEA® Membrane Electrode Assemblies
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A commitment to clean energy is not limited to the workday – it’s a way of life for many members of our global Fuel Cell Team.

Gore Fuel Cell Components provide high durability and power density and are designed and tested for fitness for use in the most demanding fuel cell applications worldwide:

  • Zero-emission powertrains for cars and buses
  • Backup power for critical systems and remote locations
  • Portable generators and compact charging devices
  • Combined heat and power (CHP) systems for homes and commercial buildings
  • Motive power systems for material handling equipment such as fork lifts

It is our continuing mission to make fuel cell components that are the most powerful, dependable and cost effective in the world, to meet the world's growing energy needs and environmental concerns.

What is a fuel cell?

A fuel cell is an electrochemical device that converts hydrogen to electricity (and heat energy) by means of interaction with a catalyst and oxygen. Water is the only by-product, making fuel cells not only efficient, but environmentally friendly as well.

There are several different types of fuel cells, distinguished by the electrolytes used in the conversion process. Of these, the Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell has emerged as the best technology for fuel cell vehicles.

What is a Membrane Electrode Assembly (MEA)?

An MEA or Membrane Electrode Assembly is the heart of a PEM fuel cell. It contains the materials necessary to facilitate electrochemical conversion of a fuel to electrical energy.

It consists of a polymer electrode membrane with electrodes on either side. Hydrogen enters on one side (anode), where it reacts with a catalyst and separates into protons and electrons. The protons pass through the membrane to the other electrode (cathode). Here, they combine with oxygen, and with the help of a catalyst, produce water. The electrons, which cannot pass through the membrane, flow from the fuel cell to be used as electrical energy.

Why Gore Fuel Cell Components?

GORE® PRIMEA® MEAs, based on the GORE-SELECT Membrane, were the first commercially available MEAs. Today Gore is the leading supplier of MEAs and membranes for the PEM fuel cell industry.

Proven performance

Gore Fuel Cell Components are being used by nearly all of the major fuel cell system developers worldwide, powering a wide variety of fuel-cell systems in stationary, portable and transportation applications. More than 80 percent of the public stationary PEM fuel cell demonstration and commercial systems placed in the field over the past three years have used Gore Fuel Cell Components.

We offer a broad portfolio of products to meet the needs of the end application.

The Gore portfolio of products and strong technical service can help accelerate development and commercialization. Our cost-effective solutions provide:

  • High power density
  • Long, dependable lifetime
  • Low material content
  • Consistent, reliable performance and quality
Meeting your application needs

Every market has its own unique application requirements. Our ongoing development efforts keep us ahead of the technology curve, while our high-volume manufacturing capability enables us to provide consistent, reliable performance to help our customers reach commercialization. Gore, a worldwide leader in membrane development and manufacturing, continues to set global industry standards for fuel cell components across a broad spectrum of operating conditions.

Suited for either hydrogen or reformate fuel streams, MEAs made with Gore's proprietary membranes and novel catalyst and electrode technologies can maximize the power density and durability of any system's design while allowing for more versatile packaging configurations to meet the most demanding application requirements. Our products can:

  • Improve stack life
  • Reduce stack size and weight
  • Perform under lower humidity
  • Operate at higher temperatures
  • Provide reproducible performance
  • Achieve higher efficiencies and reduce fuel costs

Also, our in-place volume manufacturing and unique raw material supply relationships result in a beneficial cost position.

Full technical support

We strive to provide the best-in-class portfolio of products, backed by strong technical support. Working closely with our customers to test and evaluate products, we have developed a deep understanding of how Gore Fuel Cell Components perform within user systems. With our customers, we are helping to provide viable, cost-effective fuel-cell technology today--and a sustainable industry and power source for the future.

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Join Gore at the Hydrogen Online Conference 2021

October 7, 2021 - October 8, 2021

This 24-hour event features more than 30 speakers and more than 100 exhibitors — all presenting leading-edge information and technologies to hydrogen and clean-energy professionals globally!

Press Release

Ballard And Gore Team Up To Advance Fuel Cell Growth

Posted June 9, 2021

A multi-year fuel cell supply agreement was announced today between Ballard Power Systems and W. L. Gore & Associates. A signing ceremony at the 6th International Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Congress (FCVC 2021) honored the two companies’ prior collaborations and supply partnerships.

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GORE-SELECT® Membrane Honored by Toyota

Posted March 18, 2021

W. L. Gore & Associates announced that its GORE-SELECT® Membrane received Toyota Motor Corporation’s prestigious Project Award in the Technology Section. GORE-SELECT® Membrane was selected for its innovative technology, which contributes to the performance and value of the new MIRAI, Toyota’s premium fuel-cell electric vehicle introduced in December 2020.

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Gore's Membrane Technology Enables Toyota's Second-Generation Fuel Cell Vehicle

Posted December 10, 2020

W. L. Gore & Associates has announced that GORE-SELECT® Membrane has been selected to be incorporated into the new Toyota MIRAI. The new MIRAI, Toyota’s second-generation fuel cell vehicle, is powered by a fuel cell stack with new GORE-SELECT Membrane featuring superior performance and durability.

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