Fuel Sell: Fill ‘er Up With Room-Temp Hydrogen – Technologue

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A catalyst heated to 340-375 degrees F (by burning some formic acid) and using less noble metals than in your current catalytic converter breaks the formic acid into hydrogen, CO2, and trace CO. Carbon monoxide is toxic to proton-exchange-mem­brane fuel cells, so another catalyst converts the CO to CO2, and the H2 powers the fuel cell. (A carbon adsorber that would prevent CO2 release is in R&D.) Patent-holder Neah Power has also patented a fuel cell that runs directly on liquid formic acid but says using the reformer to make H2 for use in conventional fuel cells (or engines) is more efficient.

via Fuel Sell: Fill ‘er Up With Room-Temp Hydrogen – Technologue.

via Fuel Sell: Fill ‘er Up With Room-Temp Hydrogen – Technologue.

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