Innovative Research


Computational Scientific Research Platform

The Foundation offer a Computational Scientific Research platform, collaborative design, planning and project management design using applications for modeling and simulations for innovative scientific discovery and research. The research platform is focused on developing the next generation computational tools, databases and experimental techniques to enable "Rapid Prototyping" and “Materials by Design”.The Computational Scientific Research Platform provides direction, focus and support for research and development of Hydrogen production, storage and technologies and provides a basis for collaboration on a portfolio of entrepreneurial activities.
The Computational Scientific Platform supports methodologies and resources to understand the complex interactions between components, systems, cost, energy efficiencies, environmental impacts and system .


Market Transformation

The Foundation seeks to accelerate commercialization and develop strategies and Local, State and National policies for early adoption of hydrogen technologies.
Significant opportunities exist for new and innovative products and services in the emerging Hydrogen economy. Government investment has paved the way for Hydrogen technologies to enter the marketplace for a variety of products and services. The Foundation seeks to develop a portfolio of technologies that will transform
the Hydrogen economy.


Fuel Cells

Converting hydrogen to electrical or thermal power for vehicles or other applications, including
electricity for buildings is a strategic objective for the Hydrogen Economy. R&D activities are
aimed at reducing fuel cell system cost and size and improving the performance and durability
of fuel cell systems for transportation and for small stationary and portable applications. Most
of this research focuses on advancing polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell systems
with emphasis in areas such as fuel processing (reforming) technologies, improved catalyst and
membrane designs, and improved air, thermal, and water-management systems.


Manufacturing

The Foundation has adopted a Design for Manufacturability (DFM) methodology that reduces
the costs of manufacturing. DFM describes the process of designing or engineering a product to
facilitate the manufacturing process and supports rapid prototyping. DFM allows potential
problems to be fixed in the design phase (the largest cost of manufacturing).


Fuel Cells

Converting hydrogen to electrical or thermal power for vehicles or other applications,including electricity for buildings is a strategic objective for the Hydrogen Economy. R&Dactivities are aimed at reducing fuel cell system cost and size and improving the performanceand durability of fuel cell systems for transportation and for small stationary and portable applications. Most of this research focuses on advancing polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell systems with emphasis in areas such as fuel processing (reforming) technologies, improved catalyst and membrane designs, and improved air, thermal, and water-management systems.



Hydrogen Production

The Foundations first initiative is the  development of a Supply Chain as the front end to manufacturing processes producing low cost Electrocatalyst and Carbon Fiber from domestic biomass resources. The Supply Chain synthesizes soybeans and lignin, a complex chemical compound most commonly derived from wood and an integral part of the cell walls of plants and some algae.  Our goal is to make Hydrogen cheaper than conventional fuels and technologies to succeed in the commercial marketplace.


Hydrogen Storage

Hydrogen storage systems come in many forms; fuel cell electric vehicles, fueling tanks and distribution systems, production tank storage and even naval and aerospace systems. Industry research is aimed at increasing the gravimetric and volumetric energy density and reducing the cost of hydrogen storage systems for transportation and small stationary and portable applications. Compressed hydrogen, lightweight composite tanks with high pressure ratings (10,000 psi) and conformability are being developed. For liquid hydrogen storage, improved insulated-pressure vessels are being investigated. Hydrogen storage in chemical hydrogen systems and off-board hydrogen storage are also under investigation. Materials research is focused on developing and evaluating advanced solid-state materials. As part of our low cost carbon production, carbon nanostructures are being researched to develop novel hydrogen uptake mechanisms. Complex metal hydrides are being investigated to determine their potential for hydrogen storage.





To discuss your ideas contact: BizDev@katsujinkenfoundation.org

The Mirai - the Toyota Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle. It has a range of 300 miles and a fill-up time of less than five minutes — if you can find a Hydrogen fueling station. It is emissions-free, with more than 100 kW (over 130 horsepower) and do zero to 60 in around 10 seconds.