Keysight Technologies has reported that Bioenzymatic Fuel Cells (BeFC), an innovator of bio-enzymatic fuel cells, has chosen and integrated multiple Keysight solutions to better understand the behavior and characteristics of biofuel cells.
BeFC is a French start-up company that offers innovative paper biofuel cells for sustainable and eco-friendly energy generation, as well as digital electronic platforms optimized for their thin and flexible fuel cells.
Lisa Guildbaud, BeFC R&D Engineer stated, “The Keysight PXIe multichannel platform has provided us with an affordable and efficient system for electrochemical measurements with the ability to rapidly screen novel raw materials while improving the half cells of the biofuel cells.”
“Keysight has enabled BeFC to quadruple their test throughput by using a PXIe solution with high channel density, powered by PathWave Test Automation,” stated Chris Cain, Vice President of Keysight’s Electronic and Industrial Products. “These capabilities enable their R&D team to conduct a variety of experiments in parallel and accelerate their time to market.”
BeFC’s technology uses biological catalysts instead of chemical or expensive noble metal catalysts to convert natural substrates such as glucose and oxygen into electricity. Their biofuel cell technology allows the eco-friendly replacement of batteries for existing applications. It creates new opportunities for low-power, ultra-thin health monitoring devices, logistics/transportation monitoring and Internet of Things (IoT) applications.
BeFC needed to kick-start the industrial development of their biofuel cells with advanced benchtop instruments that:
- accelerated the prototyping phase of their flexible printed circuit boards;
- delivered low-power measurements with a high time-base resolution; and
- performed electrochemical measurements to further engineer their paper biofuel cells.
Keysight worked with BeFC to integrate multiple hardware and software solutions that provided BeFC with valuable insights to better understand the biofuel cells’ behavior and characteristics.
The Keysight M9614A PXIe 5-channel precision source/measure unit combined with the Keysight M9005A PXIe chassis offered BeFC twenty-five independent measurement channels to use for electrochemical testing. These platforms met the test needs of BeFC by enabling higher channel density and fast throughput in a compact and affordable package.