TOKYO — A consortium of five Japanese companies, including two automobile manufacturers, have joined forces with the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) to develop direct methanol fuel cells for cars. The group includes Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and Suzuki Motor Corp., steel manufacturer Sumitomo Metal Industries Ltd., Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Co. Inc. and automotive battery maker Japan Storage Battery Co. Ltd. Also participating are 11 universities including ...

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