A smart diesel reformer and a tolerant fuel cell are the core components of a new type of electric power supply unit.

Environmentally friendly and flexible, the unit could be a serious contender in the market for generators in electric vehicles and other applications.

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The power supply unit can run on biodiesel as well as regular diesel.

This combination of two advanced technologies is now undergoing testing, thanks to funding under the Research Council’s RENERGI programme. In trials, a 200-W solid-acid fuel cell ran on both pure hydrogen and on hydrogen produced from diesel by the unit’s reformer — with only an insignificant difference in performance.

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Source: Science Daily / University of Toronto

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