26 Nov '17, 7am

UCLA Researchers develop device to make fuel-cell vehicles economical

UCLA researchers have developed a device that has the potential to make fuel-cell vehicles more economical. The device could make fuel-cell cars affordable for many more consumers because it produces hydrogen using nickel, iron and cobalt — elements that are much more abundant and less expensive than the platinum and other precious metals that are currently used to produce hydrogen fuel. “Hydrogen is a great fuel for vehicles: It is the cleanest fuel known, it’s cheap and it puts no pollutants into the air — just water,” said Richard Kaner, the study’s senior author and a UCLA distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and of materials science and engineering. “And this could dramatically lower the cost of hydrogen cars.” The technology, described in a paper in the journal Energy Storage Materials, could be especially useful in rural areas, or to military units...

Full article: https://electriccarsreport.com/2017/11/ucla-researchers-d...

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