Celanese AG to Exhibit Fuel Cell Components at Hanover, Germany Trade Fair Next Week

Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from Celanese AG

    KRONBERG, Germany, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Celanese AG will provide
 information on its fuel cell components at the Hanover, Germany Industrial
 Trade Fair, which runs from Sunday, April 22 to Saturday, April 28.  The
 Celanese booth will be in Hall 13, Stand 28.
     (LOGO: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19991116/CELANESE  )
     The fuel cell will drive the engine of the future.  In just a few years,
 fuel cells will be generating electricity and heat in stationary plants and
 powering mass-produced vehicles.  In the heart of the fuel cell -- the
 membrane electrode assembly (MEA) -- hydrogen and air are converted into
 electricity, heat and water.
     Experts are expecting the high-temperature fuel cell to mark a
 breakthrough. This is because, compared to conventional fuel cells that only
 work at low temperatures, they:
     -- are considerably less sensitive to carbon monoxide, a toxic gas for
        catalysts. This makes purification of the hydrogen easier and more cost
        effective
     -- employ smaller, lighter and cheaper cooling systems
     -- enable efficient use of heat for homes, offices and production
 
     Celanese is the first company to develop an MEA that can be reliably
 operated at temperatures up to 200 degrees C. A special polymer is needed for
 this: polybenzimidazole -- a temperature-resistant polymer with excellent
 membrane properties. Celanese is the sole producer of this high performance
 plastic.
     We are developing the MEA for special applications in cooperation with
 Plug Power, a leading U.S. manufacturer of stationary fuel cells, and Honda,
 the world's leading engine manufacturer.
     Ticona, Celanese's technical polymer business, has conducted extensive
 tests over the past months, which prove that the technical polymers Fortron(R)
 PPS, Vectra(R) LCP and Hostaform(R) / Celcon(R) are well suited for the
 manufacture of essential components of fuel cells and the periphery.
      These polymers meet the high demands for corrosion resistance and purity.
 They have a low creep tendency, high durability and long-term chemical
 resistance to propane, natural gas, methanol and other gaseous and liquid
 fuels. Fortron and Vectra can withstand temperatures of more than 200.C and
 are thus well suited for the next generation of high temperature fuel cells.
 By using Ticona polymers, the cost and weight of the fuel cell can be
 considerably reduced.
     Celanese is perfectly positioned to play a leading role in the future of
 the fuel cell. With our competencies in chemistry, membrane technology,
 catalysts and high-performance plastics, we are in a position to accelerate
 the development and market launch.
     Two illustrations describing the fuel cell in more detail are available on
 the Celanese web site, http://www.celanese.com.
 
 

SOURCE Celanese AG
    KRONBERG, Germany, April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Celanese AG will provide
 information on its fuel cell components at the Hanover, Germany Industrial
 Trade Fair, which runs from Sunday, April 22 to Saturday, April 28.  The
 Celanese booth will be in Hall 13, Stand 28.
     (LOGO: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19991116/CELANESE  )
     The fuel cell will drive the engine of the future.  In just a few years,
 fuel cells will be generating electricity and heat in stationary plants and
 powering mass-produced vehicles.  In the heart of the fuel cell -- the
 membrane electrode assembly (MEA) -- hydrogen and air are converted into
 electricity, heat and water.
     Experts are expecting the high-temperature fuel cell to mark a
 breakthrough. This is because, compared to conventional fuel cells that only
 work at low temperatures, they:
     -- are considerably less sensitive to carbon monoxide, a toxic gas for
        catalysts. This makes purification of the hydrogen easier and more cost
        effective
     -- employ smaller, lighter and cheaper cooling systems
     -- enable efficient use of heat for homes, offices and production
 
     Celanese is the first company to develop an MEA that can be reliably
 operated at temperatures up to 200 degrees C. A special polymer is needed for
 this: polybenzimidazole -- a temperature-resistant polymer with excellent
 membrane properties. Celanese is the sole producer of this high performance
 plastic.
     We are developing the MEA for special applications in cooperation with
 Plug Power, a leading U.S. manufacturer of stationary fuel cells, and Honda,
 the world's leading engine manufacturer.
     Ticona, Celanese's technical polymer business, has conducted extensive
 tests over the past months, which prove that the technical polymers Fortron(R)
 PPS, Vectra(R) LCP and Hostaform(R) / Celcon(R) are well suited for the
 manufacture of essential components of fuel cells and the periphery.
      These polymers meet the high demands for corrosion resistance and purity.
 They have a low creep tendency, high durability and long-term chemical
 resistance to propane, natural gas, methanol and other gaseous and liquid
 fuels. Fortron and Vectra can withstand temperatures of more than 200.C and
 are thus well suited for the next generation of high temperature fuel cells.
 By using Ticona polymers, the cost and weight of the fuel cell can be
 considerably reduced.
     Celanese is perfectly positioned to play a leading role in the future of
 the fuel cell. With our competencies in chemistry, membrane technology,
 catalysts and high-performance plastics, we are in a position to accelerate
 the development and market launch.
     Two illustrations describing the fuel cell in more detail are available on
 the Celanese web site, http://www.celanese.com.
 
 SOURCE  Celanese AG