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January 17th, 2007
A joint Japanese research group from the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry and the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology has developed a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) that can operate with high efficiency at relatively low temperatures of around 500-650 C.
The achievement is thanks to the development of an improved type of air electrode that is made from nanoparticles of silver attached to a porous ceramic. This new air electrode has greater ability to decompose oxygen into oxygen radicals and electrons even at lower temperatures.
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