UK Company Builds Better, Cheaper Fuel Cells

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British company ACAL Energy has revealed that its new hydrogen fuel cell system, which has passed 10,000 hours of testing, can reduce the cost of a fuel cell by 20 percent.
ACAL Energy announced that it has managed to reduce the need for platinum as a catalyst by 80 percent when compared to current systems, a breakthrough that will lead to cheaper hydrogen fuel cells. In addition, the company claims it’s new hydrogen fuel cell will power an automobile as efficiently and effectively and for just as long as a conventional engine.

Recent durability testing also revealed the system lasted double the US Department of Energy’s target for fuel cell vehicles to last 5,000 hours (150,000 miles) with a degradation threshold of around 10 percent.

"With our technology, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles can drive over 500 miles per tank of fuel, and can be refueled in less than five minutes. For a driver, the only difference from driving an internal combustion engine car is what's going in the tank, but for the environment the significance of zero carbon emissions is enormous," said Greg McCray, CEO of ACAL Energy.

According to a company spokesperson, ACAL is in talks with six major automakers to license the new technology, but no names were revealed.

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