Platinum is especially suited as a fuel cell catalyst as it enables the hydrogen and oxygen reactions to take place at an optimal rate, while being stable enough to withstand the complex chemical environment within a fuel cell and high electrical current density, performing efficiently over the long-term.
Focus on hydrogen refuelling build-out
The Californian vision of carbon neutrality is certainly no pipe dream, and the state is taking active steps to promote significant growth in its FCEV fleet, across both the heavy duty (trucks) and light duty (cars) segments.
One of the factors the state sees as being critical to FCEV roll-out is the availability of hydrogen refuelling stations, using hydrogen from renewable sources where possible – as it believes that this is the main factor that will influence consumers when it comes to considering alternatives to gasoline and diesel. With this in mind, initiatives are underway in California to achieve a network of 1,000 hydrogen refuelling stations by 2030 to service the one million FCEVs it expects to have on its roads by then.