Electro-Catalyst materials for use in Fuel Cells
Product Announcement from Umicore Materials
Fossil fuels do not only pollute the environment, they are also likely to run out in the not too distant future. Hydrogen could be a good alternative: it is abundantly available and actually offers the perspective of allowing significant reductions in CO2 emissions.
The mixture of hydrogen with oxygen results in the production of energy with the only by-product being water. Fuel cells are power plants where this reaction happens. They could be used to power the environmentally friendly car of the future; doing away with the problem of exhaust gases and replace them with pure water! We might soon be able to commute to work of travel to our favorite holiday destination knowing that the environment stands to benefit.
Such fuel cells also offer the potential to be much more economical and efficient compared to traditional combustion engines and will significantly cut the dependence of our economy on oil and other fossil fuels.
Fuel cells are like electrical batteries which continuously charge themselves, if fed by fuel. There are still plenty of practical barriers to large scale commercial use but the future is promising.