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Nisshinbo's platinum-free tech could mean cheaper fuel-cell cars

Use of carbon alloy yields vast cuts in costs, may enable wider adoption

Nisshinbo Holdings has commercialized a catalyst for fuel cells that uses a carbon alloy instead of expensive platinum.

TOKYO -- Fuel-cell cars may get a much needed cost reduction if new technology from Nisshinbo Holdings leads to platinum-free catalysts becoming widely available for the first time.

The Japanese company has commercialized the world's first catalyst for fuel cells that does not use platinum. The technology has the potential to slash the high prices of fuel-cell cars.

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