Fuel Cell Research Lab

The new millennium brings with it a new challenge: The Race for Clean Energy.

Governments around the world are competing for a head start in what is sure to be a pivotal point in history for all of Earth’s species. Some steps have been taken to reduce CO2 emissions, but society has a long way to go before becoming emission-neutral. This will require new energy sources (wind, for example) and, for many years, a much more efficient use of fossil fuels.

Globally, standards have risen, but society has a long way to go before becoming an emission-neutral body. Fuel cell technology provides a viable clean energy solution in both mobile and stationary environments.

What is a Fuel Cell?

Fuel cells are power sources. A fuel cell is an electrochemical device that directly and efficiently converts chemical energy in a fuel to electricity.

How do Fuel Cells work?

A fuel cell is an energy conversion device. While a traditional battery holds and stores energy inside it, fuel cells work much like gasoline engines; they must always have fuel to produce electricity.

The fuel, in this case hydrogen, enters the fuel cell from the anode side. It diffuses through a porous electrode material and oxidizes. Adding two hydrogen atoms to one oxygen atom produces water (H2O) and electricity. No greenhouse gases are emitted from this process. Operation on a hydrocarbon fuel such as natural gas does produce greenhouse gas, but the amount is greatly reduced due to the fuel cell’s high efficiency.

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Our team works diligently to provide research, insights, and breakthroughs to the ever-evolving field of Fuel Cells, a practical technology for major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.