Dr. Calum R.I. Chisholm

SAFCell, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Chisholm founded SAFCell, Inc. in November, 2009 to develop and commercialize solid acid electrolytes for fuel cell and hydrogen generation applications. SAFCell develops scalable solid acid stacks for power generation (i.e., fuel cells) and hydrogen generation (i.e., electrochemical hydrogen generators). Based on technology developed at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and operating at mid-range temperatures around 250°C, SAFCell stacks tolerate impurities that pose obstacles for other fuel cell/hydrogen generation technologies, while still using durable and inexpensive metal and polymer components. This combination results in rugged stacks that operate easily on commercially available liquid and gaseous fuels, greatly reducing overall system complexity and cost. SAFCell is partnering with targeted system integrators to enter first stationary, and then mobile power and hydrogen markets. Dr. Chisholm has help raise a total of $35 million dollars in public and private funds to forward the commercialization of solid acid devices since 2005. Working with many exceptional collaborators, Dr. Chisholm has published 23 scientific papers and holds 24 issued patents. He may be reached at calum.chisholm@safcell.com.

Sessions With Dr. Calum R.I. Chisholm

Wednesday, 9 March

  • 09:30am - 10:10am (CST) / 09/mar/2022 03:30 pm - 09/mar/2022 04:10 pm

    Energy Innovation Pioneers—Scaling the Mountain: Accelerating development of zero-carbon energy systems for deep decarbonization

    Panel Hydrogen/Clean Tech & Power

    New technologies are needed to enable a reliable and resilient zero-carbon energy system. High capital costs and long lead times associated with developing these types of technologies pose challenges to scaling. What innovations—technological, commercial, and regulatory—are needed to accelerate their development and deployment? How are innovation models evolving to meet this need? What effective strategies will manage risk in developing these technologies across the innovation lifecycle? This session explores these questions and provides a from-the-trenches perspective from members of the 2022 class of Energy Innovation Pioneers.

  • 02:30pm - 03:00pm (CST) / 09/mar/2022 08:30 pm - 09/mar/2022 09:00 pm

    SAFCell | Single-step Conversion of Ammonia to Compressed Hydrogen

    Presentation Hydrogen/Clean Tech & Power Start-ups

    Liquid hydrogen carriers (LHCs), such as ammonia, methanol, and methylcyclohexane are simple molecules that can “store” hydrogen in a liquid form to be converted back into either electricity or hydrogen at point of use. SAFCell's technology permits on-site generation of electricity or compressed hydrogen from all leading renewable liquid hydrogen carriers (LHCs) in one efficient and low-cost step—unlocking green hydrogen's potential to replace hydrocarbons in energy sectors worldwide.