Kknauber: I'm not an expert on fuel cells and I only know what I read and hear from others, that's why talking directly to Dr. Liversey at ECD was very helpful to me. I wished I could have spoken to him more but was distracted by others trying to talk with him too. What I will tell you right now is that I believe that the Alkaline fuel cells that ZeTech a British company are developing don't require these nobel metals.
Also ECD's regenerative fuel cell that's in develoment with Texaco's finical backing don't need them. ECD has not shown the public a protype yet or reveled anything in the way of technical details. How long before anything like this happens is totally unknow to me for good reasons. I do know that have recieved some patents in this area and are waiting for others to be approved. Here is a link put together by one of our ECD posters that trys to put what information we have together on the subject. http://users.pandora.be/paul.larmusean/crash/ORFC2.htm
Keep in mind that my investement in ECD wasn't based upon this fuel cell being successful but other parts of their technology becoming successful. At this time it's just a bonus technology that really can't be analysed much at this time and many of the ECD posters think that its based in part on ECD's long development of the NiMH battery which is really a hydrogen battery. I'll be back on this. dw