DOE Webinar June 19: BNL’s Low-Platinum Electrocatalysts for Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles
June 15, 2012
The Energy Department will present a live webcast titled Brookhaven National Laboratory's (BNL) Low-Platinum Electrocatalysts for Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) on June 19, 2012, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Electrocatalysts developed by BNL scientists use less costly platinum and increase the effectiveness of fuel cells for use in electric vehicles. Platinum is the most efficient electrocatalyst for fuel cells, but platinum catalysts are expensive, unstable, and have low durability. BNL's newly developed electrocatalysts have high activity, stability, and durability, while containing only about one-tenth the platinum of conventional catalysts used in fuel cells, reducing overall costs. In addition, BNL has developed an innovative method to synthesize the catalysts. N.E. Chemcat Corporation, Japan's leading catalyst and precious metal compound manufacturer, announced that it has licensed both the electrocatalyst technology and the manufacturing process.