Clean vehicles could become more affordable thanks to new catalyst

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Researchers develop new catalyst that uses no platinum The cost of clean vehicles may be set to plummet in the coming years. Researchers from the University of California have developed a new, inexpensive catalyst that could be used by fuel cell systems. The new catalyst is comprised of carbon nanofibers and cobalt, which is 100 times less expensive than platinum. Eventually, the catalyst could find its way to production fuel cells, which would be used to power future generations of clean vehicles that operate using hydrogen. Costly fuel cells make…

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Researchers develop new catalyst capable of producing hydrogen fuel

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Researchers use inexpensive materials to develop new catalyst Researchers from the University of California, Santa Cruz, have developed a new carbon-based nanocomposite that could serve as a catalyst to produce renewable hydrogen fuel. The research team notes that the new catalyst is inexpensive due to its use of affordable materials. The catalyst works by separating water into its base components of oxygen and hydrogen, making the production process much more environmentally friendly than it has been in the past. Catalyst can efficiently produce hydrogen fuel The new catalyst is the…

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New catalyst could help make fuel cells affordable

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Researchers develop new catalyst that uses no platinum Researchers from Sandia National Laboratories and the University of California are working to drive down the cost of hydrogen fuel cells. These researchers have developed a new catalyst that could eventually replace the platinum catalysts that fuel cells typically use. The new catalyst is comprised of a compound that takes the form of a “rippled leaf.” Researchers have shown that the new compound has three times as many catalytic contact points as typical catalysts. Research team developed catalyst using natural processes Researchers…

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Nisshinbo catalyst could be a boon for the fuel cell industry

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New catalyst could lead to less expensive fuel cell systems Nisshinbo Holdings is working to commercialize its first platinum-free fuel cell catalyst. If successful, the Japanese company will be among the first to bring such a catalyst to the market. The new catalyst could have a major impact on the fuel cell industry as a whole. The catalyst may be able to make fuel cells significantly more affordable, thereby increasing their attractiveness to those interested in clean technology and renewable energy. Company hopes to help fuel cells become more attractive…

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Fuel cell vehicles may benefit from new catalyst from University of Delaware

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Engineers develop new catalyst that could improve fuel cell systems for vehicles Engineers from the University of Delaware have developed new technology that could make fuel cells more affordable and durable. The engineers believe that the new technology could help accelerate the commercialization of fuel cell vehicles. These vehicles have been slowly gaining popularity for several years. Automakers have struggled to attain commercialization, however, due to the relatively high costs associated with fuel cell technology. Catalyst makes use of tungsten carbide instead of platinum The engineering team has developed a…

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Researchers develop new catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells

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Research team has developed a new method to produce inexpensive catalysts Researchers from the University of New South Wales have developed a new way to make hydrogen fuel cells more affordable. The researchers have developed a method of creating fuel cell catalysts, comprised of iron, nickel, and copper. These catalysts are free of the expensive materials they are usually made of. The researchers believe that the new catalysts could lead to more efficient hydrogen fuel production and help make fuel cell systems more attractive. New catalyst will be less costly…

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Researchers discover a way to improve hydrogen fuel cells

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Research team to use new catalyst to power hydrogen fuel cells Researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found a way to accelerate the hydrogen fuel production process, making fuel cells more efficient and attractive renewable energy solutions. The research team has begun making use of a new catalyst that they claim can speed up the hydrogen generation process 1,000 times. Using the catalyst could allow fuel cell vehicles to fuel much more quickly, which may make them somewhat more attractive to consumers. New catalyst is comprised on nickel…

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MIT researchers develop new fuel cell catalysts that are less expensive and more efficient

New catalysts could be a major boon for hydrogen fuel cells Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), have created new catalysts that could serve as a major boon for fuel cells. These catalysts are said to be less expensive and more efficient than their conventional counterparts, which may be good news for fuel cells, as the catalysts would finally make these energy systems more affordable. Developing inexpensive catalysts has been a priority for researchers focused on fuel cells for some time. Catalysts are comprised of metal carbides rather…

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HyperSolar develops new material to improve hydrogen fuel cells

Company has announced new material that could make fuel cells less expensive HyperSolar, an innovative company specializing in the renewable production of hydrogen fuel, has announced that it has developed a new catalyst material for fuel cells. These energy systems are notoriously expensive due to their use of platinum. This platinum is used to comprise the catalysts they use to generate electrical power. The high cost of fuel cells has made them somewhat unattractive when compared to other forms of renewable energy, but less expensive catalysts may solve this problem…

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New catalyst could make hydrogen fuel cells more affordable

Research team develops new fuel cell catalyst comprised of molybdenum Researchers from Sandia National Laboratories are looking to make hydrogen fuel cells less expensive, and in order to do this, they have developed a new catalyst that is made up of inexpensive materials. Primarily, the catalyst is comprised of molybdenum disulfide, which is significantly less expensive than the platinum that is typically used to develop fuel cell catalysts. Platinum is part of the reason why fuel cells are so expensive, as a single gram of platinum comes at the price…

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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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Researchers develop new catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells

New catalyst could reduce the cost of fuel cell energy systems Researchers from the Argonne National Laboratory in the United States have developed a new catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells that may make these energy systems much more efficient and less expensive than they are currently. For years, fuel cells have been gaining popularity, but many have criticized the energy systems because of their high cost. The cost of fuel cells is largely due to their use of platinum, which comprises the catalysts that allow them to produce electrical power.…

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Graphene could lead to less expensive hydrogen fuel cells

Researchers develop new catalyst made up of laser-induced graphene Researchers from Rice University have found a potential replacement for conventional platinum catalysts that are used to power hydrogen fuel cells. Last year, researchers developed a unique form of graphene, which is laser-induced. Now, they have found a way to embed metallic nanoparticles into the material, which will allow it to serve as a catalyst for fuel cells, powering their electrochemical processes. This could make fuel cells less expensive and somewhat more efficient. New catalyst is embedded with metallic nanoparticles The…

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Researchers develop new low-cost catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells

Improving fuel cell catalysts continues to be a subject of interest for the scientific community Fuel cell vehicles are gaining more attention, but not all of it is good. While these vehicles have received praise for their efficiency and environmentally friendly nature, they have also been criticized for being extremely expensive. Hydrogen fuel cells are costly to produce, largely due to the fact that they use platinum in order to operate effectively. The high cost of fuel cells also makes vehicles that use them expensive, which makes them less attractive…

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Breakthrough could spell a brighter future for hydrogen fuel cells

New observation technique may be a boon for those interested in fuel cell technology Toyota and the Japan Fine Ceramics Center have developed a new observation technique that could unlock a new generation of durable and efficient hydrogen fuel cells. The technique will allow for the real-time observation of fuel cell catalyst degradation and researchers will be able to monitor the behavior of platinum catalysts during the chemical  reactions that occur within a fuel cell stack. These reactions are part of how fuel cells generate electrical power. Better understanding of…

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New catalyst shows promise in making hydrogen fuel more affordable

Researchers have developed a new, inexpensive catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells Researchers from the University of Delaware have found a new way to produce inexpensive hydrogen fuel. The discovery could lead to less expensive fuel cells, as well, which may make these energy systems more attractive to consumers and businesses alike. Fuel cells are notoriously expensive because they are made using platinum. The high cost of fuel cells has made them somewhat unattractive when compared to other forms of renewable energy, such as solar power. Research team uses copper and…

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