New catalyst research could strengthen fuel cell technology


A team of scientists from the Tokyo University of Science (TUS) have come up with a method of using platinum nanocluster technology to improve the performance of fuel cells used to produce electricity from hydrogen and oxygen.

Green hydrogen is considered to be the of the most promising options to tackle both climate change and fossil fuel shortage.

To make the clean fuel, polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs) work by transforming the chemical energy liberated during the electrochemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen to electrical energy, heat and water.

Considered to be the best candidates for powering automobiles, these cells operate at relatively low temperatures and can quickly vary their output to meet shifting power demands.

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