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New catalyst could make diesels more attractive

by David Zatz on

Panasonic has invented a new catalyst, which uses an alkali-metal compound, to slash the use of platinum in diesel catalysts by around 80%. The new compound, using elements such as lithium and sodium, also saves energy by treating exhaust at temperatures 20% lower than normal. Panasonic said it had sent samples to ten companies “in Japan and Europe,” and seeks to go into mass production in 2012. (Based on an Automotive News article by Hans Greimel.)

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