Johnson Matthey begins recycling fuel cells in China


By Luke Willetts - 22nd October 2022

Johnson Matthey begins recycling fuel cells in China

Johnson-Matthey head office in London

UK / China - Johnson Matthey Plc (JM) of London, a specialist chemicals company which manufactures catalysts, pharmaceutical materials, and pollution control systems, has begun fuel cell recycling in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu, China. The plant is refining and recycling the platinum group metal (PGM) content from membrane electrode assemblies (MEA), a key component of automotive fuel cells. The fuel cells that are being recycled are being supplied by Unilia Canada Fuel Cells Inc, a provider of fuel cell stack technology, headquartered in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.

The current volume of materials being refined is small but JM states that it has capacity to scale up its facilities as demand for its services increases over the coming years. The recycling process meets the increasing demand for PGMs in China, provides more security to the supply chain of these scarce resources and drastically reduces the processing costs of PGMs.  

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