Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Japan's Nisshinbo rolling out platinum-free fuel-cell catalyst

Source: Nikkei Asian Review, 13th September 2017

Nikkei Asian Review reported, "Use of carbon alloy yields vast cut in cost, may enable wide use. TOKYO -- Nisshinbo Holdings has commercialized the world's first catalyst for fuel cells that does not use platinum, a technology with the potential to slash the high prices that have deterred the spread of fuel-cell cars. Fuel cells generate power from chemical reactions involving hydrogen and oxygen. A catalyst, usually made with platinum, is needed to kick-start the process. Nisshinbo's catalyst instead uses a carbon alloy that has been heated in a way that creates a structure achieving the same effect. The material works nearly as well and is thousands of times cheaper. (...)"

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