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JFE Quick Charging Station for electric car

Posted by surfingall on May 9, 2010

When it comes to saving the nature from natural and man made calamities, electric cars will play a huge role in it, at least one day. Because the electric cars will provide zero harm to the environment but they have one small problem and that is “recharging”.

Recharging has always been a problem with all our portable devices and gadgets like mobiles. The recharging process can take some time with ordinary devices, like just think how much time does it take to fully recharge a single electric car? It takes a lot more time than charging your cell phone, that’s for sure. This is the main reason for not using electric cars instead of ordinary cars. Electric cars could be used for smaller distances, such as going to the shop but not for a long hour drive.

Well people from JFE Engineering Corp might have solution to this recharging problem, and that solution is called charging station. This Charging station should put an end to long recharge time of your car by allowing it to be recharged to 50% in only three minutes. With this speed of charging you’ll save a lot of your time and money with these super charger stations. But to use these chargers, you’ll have to make certain modifications to your cars software and system.

One more thing to be noted is, these stations are not cheap and one of these could cost $63,000, so they aren’t going to be widely used, at least not yet.

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Platinum-Free Fuel Cell

Posted by surfingall on May 4, 2010

Fuel cells are, in principle, the most efficient way to convert hydrogen fuel into electricity. But they require expensive catalysts such as platinum to split hydrogen into ions and electrical current. Cheaper metals simply can’t withstand the harsh acidic environment of the fuel cell. Now researchers in China have developed a fuel cell that uses a new membrane material to operate in alkaline conditions, eliminating the need for an expensive catalyst. The power output of the new prototype, which uses nickel as a catalyst, is still relatively low, but it provides a first demonstration of a potentially much less expensive fuel cell.

Conventional fuel cells consist of two electrodes coated with a platinum catalyst that splits hydrogen fuel..

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