nanotimes EU-Projects Carbon Nanotubes – Inno CNT
The German Innovation Alliance Carbon Nano- tubes “Inno.CNT” just released the summary of the international workshop “Metrology and Exposure Assessment of Carbon Nanotubes”, which has been held at the end of 2011.
During the workshop the status and especially needs for further research on above topic were discussed. The final document is consisting of a road map, proposing prioritized further required safety research with respect to CNT measurement, characterization as well as to its potential release and exposure along life cycles.
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while maintaining superior performance at higher temperatures. Commercial SCs based on organic electrolytes can be hazardous to human health at temperatures typically encountered in PEM fuel cell-powered electric vehicles and stationary power supplies that cause evaporation of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
In addition, the research team sought to synthesise electrically conducting polymers (ECPs) to be used as the positive electrode and to identify high surface area carbons for use as the negative electrode.
The Ilhypos team successfully synthesised and op- timised the scaled up materials production of three novel prototype fuel cells that were tested to verify performance. Specifically, they demonstrated the successful operation in terms of power output, cycle life and cost of symmetric carbon/carbon cells, hybrid carbon/ECP cells and asymmetric carbon/carbon cells all with an ionic liquid-based electrolyte solution.
Contact: Mario Conte, Ente per le Nuove Tecnologie, l‘ Energia e l‘Ambiente, Rome, Italy, Phone: +39-06- 30484829
Supercapacitors for Hybrid Fuel Cell Applications
The “Ionic liquid-based hybrid power supercapaci- tors” (Ilhypos) project was initiated to develop no- vel supercapacitors (SCs) employing improved ionic liquids as electrolytes to produce green, safe, high power SCs for use in both PEM fuel cell-powered electric vehicles as well as in delocalised small energy facilities that use PEM fuel cell technology. The re- searchers set out to synthesise novel ionic electrolytic liquids with enhanced properties at low temperatures
Better Fuel Cells on the Horizon
The EU-funded project “Realising reliable, durable, energy efficient and cost effective Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) systems” (REAL-SOFC) looked at extending the lifetime of these cells to tens of thou- sands of hours in different conditions. It also wanted to make them more resistant to fluctuating outside temperatures and fuel impurities.