Danish researchers aim to develop organic hydrogen fuel cellOctober 30, 2015
Improving fuel cell technology is becoming a priority for researchers in Europe
Hydrogen fuel cells are becoming more attractive solutions for a variety of sectors, including transportation. These energy systems have become famous for their ability to generate electrical power without also producing harmful emissions. Fuel cells consume hydrogen to produce energy, and this fuel is quite abundant. One of the drawbacks of these energy systems is their high cost, which is due to the fact that they are comprised of expensive materials, such as platinum.
New project aims to eliminate the need for precious metals in fuel cells
A new research project from the Technical University of Denmark aims to find ways to make fuel cells less expensive and more capable of producing electrical power. The research project will explore ways to develop an organic fuel cell, which will be comprised of natural enzymes rather than expensive materials. Such a fuel cell would bypass the need for precious metals, making fuel cells more affordable and environmentally friendly. These fuel cells would, of course, continue to operate using hydrogen fuel.
Researchers will have to overcome several challenges in order to accomplish their project
Researchers note that the project is quite ambitious, but they are confident that it will succeed. In order for the project to be a success, however, they will need to find the right biomaterials that can be used to develop a hydrogen fuel cell. The biomaterial that they choose will also need to operate optimally in a neutral pH environment. If the material cannot do this, it could damage the fuel cell. The most significant challenges that researchers face is finding enzymes that are stable.
Graphene could help make fuel cells more capable
Graphene may be able to make enzymes stable, allowing the hydrogen fuel cell to operate more effectively. This material is becoming more attractive when it comes to developing fuel cells because of its durability and conductivity. Researchers see promise in graphene and believe that it can be used to make fuel cells more attractive to those that are interested in renewable energy.