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‘Goldilocks’ Thinking to Cut Cost of Fuel Cells in Electric Vehicles

By | News, Research News | No Comments February 21, 2019 | 4 min read February 21, 2019 | 4 min read

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The 2019 Toyota Mirai electric vehicle touts zero emissions, thanks to a fuel cell that runs on hydrogen instead of gasoline. But the Mirai has barely left California, partly because today’s fuel cell electrodes are made of super expensive platinum.

Cutting down on the platinum would also cut costs, allowing more electric cars to hit the market.

DIFFER and Toyota Europe Partner on Hydrogen Fuel From Thin Air Project

By | News, Research News | No Comments February 13, 2019 | 5 min read February 13, 2019 | 5 min read

Brussels/Eindhoven– It sounds like magic: you put a dedicated device in contact with air, expose it to sunlight and it starts producing fuel, for free. That is the basic idea behind the fundamental research conducted by DIFFER1, the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, in association with Toyota Motor Europe (TME).

The Untapped Power of Fuel Cells

By | News, Research News | No Comments February 12, 2019 | 5 min read February 12, 2019 | 5 min read

In recent years, renewable energy has been on the rise in the United States. Still, the overwhelming majority of our energy comes from fossil fuels. And, renewable energy needs to overcome significant limitations and obstacles to contribute a greater share of our overall energy solution. Hydrogen fuel cells may be the key to our sustainable energy future.

Improved Membranes for Platinum-Free Fuel Cells

By | News, Research News | No Comments February 4, 2019 | 5 min read February 4, 2019 | 5 min read

Jülich – Scientists from Jülich together with colleagues from Japan have discovered how fuel cell membranes can be improved without the use of rare and expensive precious metals such as platinum. The anion-exchange membranes studied are a key component of certain polymer electrolyte fuel cells and serve to transfer charged particles (anions) while at the same time retaining gases such as oxygen or hydrogen.

Researchers Develop Self-Regulating ‘Smart’ Fuel Cell Electrode Material

By | News, Research News | No Comments February 3, 2019 | 4 min read February 3, 2019 | 4 min read
  • Development of new material used as electrode for solid oxide fuel cell 
  • Simultaneous performance and stability through technology of spontaneous nano metal catalyst on electrode surface

DGIST has announced that it has developed an electrode material for a new type of high performance SOFC (Solid Oxide Fuel Cell).

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