Pacific Fuel Cell Corp. has announced that scientists at the University of California at Riverside and Pacific Fuel Cell Corp. have shown for the first time in a recent publication (J. Power Sources J. Power Sources., 2006, 158:154-159) that carbon nanotubes can have more than 40% longer life than carbon black under simulated cathode operating conditions.
The same UCR group has also demonstrated previously that carbon nanotube based catalysts can double the Pt utilization, potentially leading to a significant cost reduction for fuel cell production.
George Suzuki, PFCE President, stated: "Durability and cost are the most critical issues for the commercialization of fuel cell technology. One major contributor to the poor durability of current fuel cell systems is the corrosion of the amorphous carbon that has been used as catalyst support. This research confirms our belief in the use of nanotechnology to improve and commercialize manufacture of fuel cells."
Pacific Fuel Cell Corp. is a nanotechnology company committed to producing fuel cell components with reduced cost and higher performance in the portable and micro fuel cell market, utilizing nanotechnology.