Company Aims to Give Fuel Cells a Little Backbone

Science  30 Jul 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5428, pp. 683
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5428.683

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ELKTON, MARYLAND-- Before fuel cell-makers can challenge utility companies for our business, they must first lower the price and ratchet up the power of their devices. A crucial part of the strategy is to improve the membrane assembly, which serves as catalyst, electrode, and chemical separator. Researchers are achieving promising results using fluoropolymers, but cost remains an obstacle.