Promising fuel cell advance uses nanotech and much less platinum

Scientists at Brown University and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed nanoparticles with a palladium core and an iron-platinum shell that can outperform commercially available platinum fuel cell catalysts. Most current fuel cells use platinum as the catalyst, which is what breaks the fuel down into electricity.   … Continue reading

GM’s fuel cell powered Equinox reaches 1 million mile mark

The Equinox, GM’s hydrogen fuel cell car that is currently being tested in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington DC, has reached a milestone for fuel cell powered electric cars.    There’s about 100 cars in the Equinox test program, which has been underway for slightly more than 2 years, … Continue reading

Mantra Energy wants to convert CO2 back into new fuel

I received an interesting note from the Mantra Venture Group the other day.   It had some really interesting things in it.  One of their subsidiaries, Mantra Energy, has acquired the intellectual property for a process developed at the University of British Columbia called ERC (short for electro-reduction of carbon … Continue reading

UPS expands testing of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

The United Parcel Service (UPS) has announced that they are expanding their U.S. hydrogen fuel cell testing program to include three large package delivery vehicles. UPS’s initial tests conducted on fuel cell cars were very successful, so they are ready to move to the next phase.

Gore-tex based new cheaper fuel cell breakthrough eliminates need for platinum

tMonash University researchers have come up with a new Goretex fuel cell design that could make hybrid cars much cheaper and more reliable. The researchers have developed an air electrode conisisting of an extremely thin layer (0.4 of a micron) of highly conductive plastic is deposited on Gore-tex, the popular … Continue reading

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