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UCLA Creates Device To Make Hydrogen Cars A Serious Possibility

By Brian Spaen

Hydrogen cars have been gaining steam recently with auto manufacturers picking them as alternatives to their battery electric options. Some companies are even creating their own versions. Researchers at UCLA may have found a significant upgrade that could streamline these vehicles even further. Their new device can efficiently and cheaply stores energy and produces hydrogen.

Most of the electric vehicle industry is run on lithium-ion batteries. It’s the common choice alongside hybrids that use diesel fuel to extend range. Hydrogen fuel cells also allow one to drive longer distances, but that takes an entirely different infrastructure that’s well behind the momentum of battery charging stations on the road.

Richard Kaner and Maher El-Kady may have found a solution to help streamline vehicles that run on hydrogen. Their new device feature the same positive and negative electrodes that hydrogen fuel cells have, but it also adds a supercapacitor as an additional electrode. That supercapacitor gives it an ability to store energy.