Yesterday, PhysOrg reported on the recently published fuel cell research of two Los Alamos scientists, Rajesh Bashyam and Piotr Zelenay, in the scientific journal Nature. Searching for a low-cost alternative to platinum, the duo developed a composite consisting of cobalt, polymer and carbon. The new catalysts weren't able to produce as much electrical energy as its platinum-based counterpart, however, the composite exhibited "exceptional performance stability" during a 100-hour test session.
The topic of plasma combustion has peeked above the clouds a few times in recent memory but still not much is known about its future in real-world automotive engines. Now a team at Los Alamos National Laboratory says the technology is poised to enter the marketplace.