Course on Fuel Cells at Imperial College: Centre for Continuing Professional Development

Fuel Cell Technology 11 – 15 July 2016 Introduction Fuel cells are an emerging technology, and are again becoming of interest to a wide range of companies and other stakeholders.  Imperial College has an international reputation across the fuel cell field, and can offer theoretical and experimental training in a wide variety of aspects of fuel…

EasyJet to trial hybrid fuel-cell systems for air fleet

British low-cost airline EasyJet has announced its plan to cut fuel costs and carbon emissions by turning to hydrogen fuel cell technology. This doesn’t mean they’re about to fly on hydrogen power – we’re not quite there yet – but EasyJet believes it can use hydrogen fuel cells to power aircraft’s taxiing to and from…

Nickel-based catalyst performs competitively with platinum in hydroxide exchange membrane fuel cells

The hunt for platinum’s successor as a hydrogen oxidation catalyst continues in this month’s Nature Communications (Zhuang, Z. et al. Nickel supported on nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes as hydrogen oxidation reaction catalyst in alkaline electrolyte. Nat. Commun. 7:10141 doi: 10.1038/ncomms10141 (2016)). A research team from the University of Delaware, in partnership with Beijing University of Chemical…

Berkeley Lab funded for hydrogen storage research

Berkeley Lab in California has just been awarded $8 million from the US Department of Energy for two of their projects: one to find new materials for hydrogen storage and another for optimizing fuel-cell performance and durability. The grant, from the Fuel Cell Technologies Office, shows that the American government is taking hydrogen as a…

Substitute catalyst may obsolete platinum

As outlined in Monday’s news, platinum is a world-class catalyst but remains a cost hurdle for fuel cell production. Now, in research outlined in Nature Communications, Sandia National Laboratory scientists have moved away from platinum as a catalyst entirely, turning instead to a cheaper substitute. Molybdenum disulphide, MoS2 or ‘molly’ for short, an inorganic compound…