Fuel cell and battery combination device developed with novel catalyst

October 11, 2021

A team of researchers have developed a new type of device that combines both the functions of a fuel cell and battery. The device makes it possible to use water to generate hydrogen and oxygen, then after the flip of a switch, it can convert that fuel and oxygen into electricity and water.

The researchers have pointed to a spectrum of potential applications for the new combination device.

According to the researchers, the fuel cell and battery combination could be highly beneficial for both space applications, as well as military uses and a range of other civilian uses. The device boasts high energy density and low environmental, and the researchers are calling what they have developed unitized regenerative fuel cells (URFCs).

The research was conducted in the lab of Roma B. & Raymond H. Wittcoff Distinguished University Professor Vijay Ramani from the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. Along with his research team, they identified a powerful bifunctional catalyst to use within the oxygen electrode.

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