Research shows that switching platinum for molybdenum disulphide slashes the cost of hydrogen fuel cells.
Sandia National Laboratories have shown that switching platinum for molybdenum disulphide slashes the cost of hydrogen fuel cells.
Platinum is part of the reason why fuel cells are so expensive, as a single gram of platinum comes at the price of US$1,500. Molybdenum is less expensive at 37 cents per gram and can power hydrogen production more efficiently.
The researchers note that the new catalyst has succeeded in producing four times as much hydrogen fuel from water than other types of catalysts. Researchers believe that the capabilities of the catalyst can be further improved, with more experimentation planned for the future.
Hydrogen fuel is being researched for use in many industries, with transportation at the fore. Many car manufacturers are developing fuel cell vehicles, but high costs are a barrier just now.
Sandia National Laboratories’ solution could make fuel cells more efficient and less expensive.