Volume 93 Issue 43 | p. 6 | News of The Week
Issue Date: November 2, 2015 | Web Date: October 29, 2015

Best Effort Yet To Make Direct Methane Fuel Cell A Reality

Energy: Catalyst-embedded electrode helps cell generate more power than previous attempts to convert methane directly to electricity
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Materials SCENE, JACS In C&EN
Keywords: fuel cell, methane, platinum, catalyst

A new device uses a platinum catalyst to break down methane to produce electricity at low temperatures, generating more power than any previous direct methane fuel cell.

Currently, methane, a primary constituent of natural gas, is burned to produce heat and other forms of energy for homes and businesses. Direct methane fuel cells—in which methane is used directly, without first being converted into hydrogen—could produce energy more efficiently than combustion-based methods.

But such fuel cells . . .

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