Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Japan’s Nisshinbo Holdings Inc. said Wednesday that it has succeeded for the first time in the world in developing a non-platinum catalyst for fuel cell electrodes.
While having the same level of power generation efficiency as the conventional platinum catalyst, the new carbon alloy catalyst can reduce costs to a few thousandths of the current levels.
The company hopes the new catalyst will be widely used for fuel cell vehicles.
Fuel cells generate electricity through a chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen. Nisshinbo succeeded in fully replacing platinum used as a catalyst for oxygen with carbon alloy.
Canada’s Ballard Power Systems Inc. plans to start sales of fuel cell stacks using the new catalyst, used for portable electronic devices, in December.