Matthias Arenz has built and tested a number of catalysts and is showing he can generate the same amount of electricity in a fuel cell with just a fifth of the platinum.  If the technology can be commercialized it would be a huge financial advantage. Arenz, an associate professor at the Department of Chemistry, University [...]

In a new concept for biofuel cells Sabine Sané, doctoral candidate in the research training group Micro Energy Harvesting at the Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK) of the University of Freiburg, has found a way to make a species of tree fungus useful for the production of electricity. The idea is so innovative and unique [...]

Scientists from Jülich and Berlin have developed a material for converting hydrogen and oxygen to water in a fuel cell using one tenth of the typical amount of platinum that has been previously required.  The fuel cell is pretty much stuck looking for economically viable, efficient and robust units to make commercial scale mass-market units. [...]

Researchers have discovered an inexpensive and easily produced catalyst that performs better than platinum in oxygen-reduction reactions used in fuel cells. The team from South Korea, Case Western Reserve University and University of North Texas published their findings yesterday in Nature’s Scientific Reports that is open for readers, saying the new catalyst is a step [...]

Today’s technology offers a possibility to use environmental friendly formic acid in a fuel cell.  So far they haven’t worked very well.  But, physicist Florian Nitze working at Umeå University in Sweden on his thesis has developed new catalysts to improve the capacity of formic acid fuel cells. Formic acid is a naturally occurring product [...]

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