A typical fuel cell is expected to use 10 times as much platinum group metal (PGM) catalytic material when compared with a current U.S. internal combustion engine vehicle, says Colin Jaffray, business development director for the catalytic systems division of Johnson Matthey. Mr. Jaffray acknowledges, however, that fuel cells are forecast to represent only about 1% of vehicle sales in 2010; the vehicles nevertheless will account for another large increase in demand for limited supplies of ...

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