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Platinum Metals Rev., 1978, 22, (3), 97

A Review of Fuel Cell Development

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As the industrial countries of the world continue to search for satisfactory alternatives to their present sources ofenergy a timely review of twenty-five years of fuel cell development has been published (J. Electrochem. Soc., 1978, 125, (3), 77C–91C).

Well supported by a bibliography listing 33 major titles on fuel cells and related subjects, and with 187 references from international literature, the review by K. V. Kordesch—formerly with the Union Carbide Corporation, and now at the Technical University of Graz, Austria—covers a third cycle of interest in fuel cells, which is considered to start after the second world war. During this period numerous systems have of course been investigated and in many ofthem the properties of the platinum group metals have been utilised with advantage.

In the future, if the technology of fuel cells is better supported by basic scientific studies of the principles involved, further improvements in efficiency could result.

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