The Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle from Honda, which went on sale in March, is using platinum electrode catalysts from Tanaka Holdings in its fuel cells.
In recent years, renewable energy is steadily gaining attention. Fuel cells that generate electrical energy using hydrogen are gaining widespread use in a variety of areas such as fuel cell vehicles and energy farms. Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo has spent many years developing electrode catalysts - an important component affecting the electrical generation capability of fuel cell stacks.
Compared to residential use fuel cells, there is high fluctuation in the load of fuel cell stacks used in fuel cell vehicles. This led Honda Motor to decide to adopt this new electrode catalyst, which is of even higher capability and durability compared to Tanaka’s past products. Honda will use this material in its compact fuel cell stack for the Clarity fuel cell vehicle.
Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo develops precious metal materials used in fuel cells and related technologies required in a hydrogen-based society, such as polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFC), palladium alloy hydrogen permeable film, and reforming catalysts.