New discovery could “revolutionise fuel cell technology”

A new ‘family’ of chemical compounds that could “revolutionise fuel cell technology” and help reduce global carbon emissions has been discovered by UK scientists.

Researchers at the University of Aberdeen have described their findings of the chemical compounds, collectively known as hexagonal perovskites which could be the key to unlocking the potential of ceramic fuel cells, as the equivalent to discovering “a needle in a haystack”.

Ceramic fuel cells are efficient devices that convert chemical energy into electrical energy and produce low emissions if powered by hydrogen, providing a clean alternative to fossil fuels.

Another advantage of ceramic fuel cells is that they can also use hydrocarbon fuels such as methane, meaning the can act as a ‘bridging’ technology which is an important asset in the move away from hydrocarbons towards cleaner energy sources.

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