New catalyst could lead to mass production for fuel cell vehicles

Fuel Cell Vehicles - New Research

Researchers develop nanoalloy that can be used for fuel cell catalysts Researchers from the Chalmers University of Technology and the Technical University of Denmark have found that it is possible to develop a highly effective fuel cell catalyst without using platinum. These catalysts make use of a newly created nanoalloy. This nanoalloy has been developed using a new production technique. According to researchers, the new catalysts are perfectly suited for mass production, which may be a major boon for fuel cell vehicles in the coming years. Fuel cell vehicles could…

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Researchers develop new catalyst to improve hydrogen fuel cells

Research team replaces platinum with new material for catalysts Researchers from Helmholtz Zentruc Berlin and TU Darmstadt have developed a new material could help hydrogen fuel cells become more efficient and less expensive. Traditionally, fuel cells make use of catalyst comprised of platinum. This makes fuel cells quite expensive, thereby making them less attractive when compared to other forms of renewable energy. Fuel cell developers, as well as those interested in using these energy systems, have been looking for ways to make fuel cells less expensive for some time and…

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New catalyst could make hydrogen fuel cells much less expensive

Research team develops a catalyst that does not use platinum A research team from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a new catalyst that is meant to make hydrogen fuel cells more efficient and less expensive. Conventional catalysts are notoriously expensive because they make use of platinum, a material that is resistant to the oxidation that occurs within a fuel cell system. The high cost of this material makes fuel cells somewhat unattractive when they are compared to other renewable energy solutions. New catalyst was developed using phosphorus, sulfur, and…

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Research team makes a breakthrough that will benefit fuel cells

Graphene catalyst developed by researchers in South Korea A research team from South Korea’s Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology have developed a new fuel cell catalyst that is comprised of graphene. The catalyst may be a significant breakthrough in fuel cell technology, as it can be recharged as many as 100,000 times without losing any performance. This makes the catalyst significantly more capable than its more conventional counterparts, which are comprised primarily of platinum. The research team is working to draw more attention to the potential of graphene…

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Researchers develop thin-film catalyst for fuel cells

Research team has developed a new kind of fuel cell catalyst that shows some promise Researchers from Cornell University have developed a thin-film catalyst that can be used in fuel cells. The team has reported that this is the first epitaxial thin-film growth of Bi2Pt2O7 pyrochlore, which means that the catalyst will act as a more effective cathode than more conventional catalysts. Researchers believe that the new catalyst could improve the performance of fuel cells, allowing them top produce more electrical power in an efficient manner. Efforts to develop new…

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Researchers develop new catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells

New catalyst comprised of graphene quantum dots has been created Researchers at Rice University have developed a new catalyst that can be used in fuel cells. The new catalyst is comprised of graphene quantum dots that are meant to attach themselves to graphene material. The dots have shown that they can outperform platinum when it comes to facilitating some of the chemical processes found in fuel cells. This alternative catalyst could go a long way in improving the attractiveness of hydrogen fuel cells, especially when it comes to cost. Fuel…

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Research team develops new fuel cell catalyst

Researchers develop breakthrough catalyst that uses 85% less platinum Researchers from the Argonne National Laboratory and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new type of fuel cell catalyst that reportedly boasts of more than 30 times the catalytic activity than its conventional counterparts. The new catalyst is also expected to be less expensive than conventional models because it uses 85% less platinum. Developing such a catalyst has long been the goal of the fuel cell and science communities for some time. Developing low cost, highly effective catalysts could…

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Researchers develop new catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells

Research team creates cobalt fuel cell catalyst A team of researchers from the Argonne National Laboratory have discovered a new way to produce hydrogen gas from water. The team suggests that this new hydrogen production method may be much less expensive than more conventional production methods. Reducing the cost of hydrogen fuel production has become a major priority for those interested in renewable energy. Current production methods are somewhat expensive and notoriously inefficient, making fuel cells quite unpopular in a wide range of industries. Cobalt may be an appropriate alternative…

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New catalyst could make hydrogen fuel production more efficient

Scientists develop new catalyst that could be a boon for hydrogen fuel Scientists from the Brookhaven National Laboratory in the U.S. have developed a new fuel cell catalyst that is resistant to carbon monoxide and can produce hydrogen fuel in an efficient manner. The catalyst is meant to be an alternative to its more conventional counterparts, which use platinum in order to function effectively. Platinum is notoriously expensive, and its high price makes the development of hydrogen fuel cells quite expensive. Indeed, the cost of platinum is often cited as…

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New catalyst could make hydrogen fuel storage feasible

Hydrogen Fuel Storage

Storage challenges keep hydrogen fuel from mass adoption There are several issues that face  hydrogen fuel that have kept this form of renewable energy from receiving widespread adoption. Storage, production, and the efficiency of fuel cell energy systems are among the most significant of the challenges facing hydrogen fuel. Researchers from the University of Rostock in Germany may have found a solution to the storage and production issues of hydrogen fuel with the development of a new catalyst and its use of methanol. Ruthenium-based catalyst could make liquid storage of…

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New hydrogen fuel cell catalyst manufacture facility to open in Japan

New Hydrogen Fuel Manufacture Facility Japan

Tanaka Precious Metals open new manufacturing and research and development facility for hydrogen fuel cell catalysts Tanaka Precious Metals, the world’s largest provider of catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that it will be building a new catalyst manufacturing facility in Japan. The demand for fuel cell catalysts is on the rise as interest in the energy systems becomes more prolific. The auto industry currently holds the most interest in hydrogen fuel cells due to their potential use in next generation vehicles. The new catalyst manufacturing facility is expected…

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New fuel cell catalyst could make clean vehicles more affordable

Fuel Cell Catalyst make vehicles more affordable

Fuel cell catalyst cost continues to be an issue Hydrogen fuel cells continues to gain attention from parties looking to adopt some form of clean energy. Fuel cells are often chosen because of their ability to produce large amounts of electrical power. This is a feature of fuel cells that has captured the attention of the global auto industry. Many automakers are eager to replace traditional energy systems in their vehicles with hydrogen fuel cells, with some aiming for commercialization in 2014. One of the most significant challenges that these…

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Verge Fund invests in new fuel cell catalyst technology

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Industry

Verge Fund backs Pajarito Powder New Mexico’s Verge Fund, a venture capital investment organization, has announced the investment of $1 million in new hydrogen fuel cell technology. The investment has gone to Pajarito Powder LLC, a company specializing in the development of catalysts for hydrogen fuel cells. Catalysts are a necessary component for fuel cells to operate and generate electricity, but they are also the most expensive component contained within the energy systems. The Verge Fund believes that the new technology coming from Pajarito Powder could help significantly reduce the…

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New catalyst could make fuel cells an attractive option

Hydrogn Fuel Research

Cambridge researchers develop new hydrogen production catalyst Scientists from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom have come up with a way to produce hydrogen fuel in an efficient and cost effective manner. Researchers followed standard hydrogen fuel production methods that are commonly used today, but introduced a new catalyst to the process that made a significant difference to cost. The project was meant to discover how this catalyst might react in a real-world scenario and determine whether it would be viable to use as a replacement for more…

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Microbial fuel cells could open the way to affordable energy systems

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Researchers find a way to produce more affordable fuel cells Fuel cells have become popular energy systems. As the energy systems become more popular, their faults are attracting more attention. Currently, cost is one of the most unattractive aspects of fuel cells. Engineers from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) have been working to address the issue of cost. Experimenting with a new type of catalyst that is used with microbial fuel cells, researchers believe that they have successfully found a way to manufacture more cost effective fuel cell energy systems.…

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Efficient hydrogen fuel production may be unlocked by new catalyst

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Team of researchers aims to improve hydrogen fuel production Researchers from the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have been experimenting with a new kind of catalyst that can be used to produce hydrogen fuel. Lead by chemist John Roberts of the PNNL Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis, researchers believe that the catalyst can be made to produce hydrogen gas at a more rapid pace than any other catalyst currently available. This is accomplished through the use of an acidic ionic liquid. PNNL team develops catalyst based off protein…

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