Nisshinbo advances fuel cell technology

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.

Fuel cells are not widely used due to high costs, a Nisshinbo official said.Speech

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