Illuminated Hybrid Platinum/Semiconductor Electrode Delivers More Output in DMFC NOTRE DAME, IN - By grafting a semiconductor photocatalyst onto a carbon fiber paper electrode with a platinum-based catalyst, a team of scientists from the University of Notre Dame here and Indiana University Northwest in Gary has come up with a new hybrid electrode for a direct methanol fuel cell that, with light shining on it, produces considerably more power than a straight platinum-catalyzed electrode.
Intelligent Energy to Merge with U.S. Firm, Launches FC Bike in California LOS ANGELES - In what at first blush seems like an unlikely arrangement, a California maker of nautical apparel that has fallen on hard times, Dickie Walker Marine, Inc., Oceanside, CA is acquiring a British fuel cell technology developer, Intelligent Energy, designer of the ENV, a funkily futuristic fuel cell bike.
UK Government Proposes £40 Million Carbon Abatement, H2 R&D Package LONDON - Billed as a runup to the early-July G8 Summit in Scotland where global warming issues are scheduled to be center stage, the British government last month announced a £40 million (about $73 million) funding package spread over several years for carbon abatement and hydrogen technologies.
Briefly Noted: Alanate Safety Tests First safety tests of hydrogen-charged nano-scale natrium alanates indicate that, contrary to what had been expected in a tank burst, these powders dont ignite or burn.
Briefly Noted: Forecasts Two new forecasts predict substantial growth in both the fuel cell and hydrogen markets in the coming decade.
Briefly Noted: FuelCell Energy Orders Danbury, CT-based FuelCell Energy Inc. last month announced the sale of a 250 kW DFC 300MA power plant for the U.S. Marine Corps. Earlier in May, FuelCell Energy announced it had sold two other 250 kW DFC units.
Briefly Noted: Ballard Divestment In the second of three steps in divesting itself of its German subsidiary, Ballard Power Systems Inc. last month signed a formal agreement with DaimlerChrysler AG and Ford Motor Co. to sell its German branch.