DaimlerChrysler AG provides a sneak peek at what it says will be its second-generation fuel cell technology: a direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC). The glimpse was presented in Sindelfingen, Germany, last week, as DC engineers rolled out a prototype go-kart like chassis powered by the DMFC fuel cell that turns methanol directly into electricity without use of a reformer to convert the fuel into hydrogen. The key to the technology, engineers say, is the membrane, coated with a catalyst ...

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