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Weekly Industry Innovation Round-up, March 24

10:05 AM MDT | March 24, 2011 | Alex Scott

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU; Cleveland, OH) say they have developed a low cost catalyst made from carbon nanotubes dipped in a polymer solution that equals the energy output and otherwise outperforms platinum catalysts in fuel cells. This technology development has huge potential to change the outlook for fuel cells; currently platinum represents at least a quarter of the cost of fuel cells. The chemical currently sells for about $65,000/kg. The CWRU researchers say the production costs of their activated carbon nanotubes cost about...

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