Scientists at the University of Delaware have found a cheaper catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells. By switching the environment from acidic to basic, engineering professor Yushan Yan and his colleagues found that they could replace the expensive platinum catalyst with nickel and get similar results. "Our real hope is that we can put hydroxide exchange membrane fuel cells into cars and make them truly affordable – maybe $23,000 for a Toyota Mirai," says Yan. "Once the cars themselves are more affordable, that will drive development of the infrastructure to support the hydrogen economy." Read more from Phys.org.

Wired takes a tour of Tesla's factory in Fremont, California, and interviews VP of business development Diarmuid O'Connell. During the tour, O'Connell tells Wired, "Tesla is in the business of inspiring competition. The more electric vehicles, the better." The article goes on to size up the competition, lay out some of Tesla's goals, describe problems Tesla faces, and give readers a sense of the overall (often humorous) vibe inside the factory itself. Read the full account from Wired UK, and read more commentary from Teslarati.

The Washington Post sets some facts straight about ethanol and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Politicians like Ted Cruz and even members of the media get some facts wrong about biofuels and the policies surrounding them. For instance, the 2022 "expiration" of the RFS isn't an expiration at all, but a date when the EPA is required to set new levels of biofuel in the fuel supply. Without a repeal of the RFS by congress, the RFS will continue indefinitely. Read more from The Washington Post.


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