• Fuel Cells

    Source: U.S. Department of Energy Fuel Cell Technologies Office

    A fuel cell uses the chemical energy of hydrogen to cleanly and efficiently produce electricity with water and heat as byproducts. Fuel cells are unique in terms of the variety of their potential applications; they can provide energy for systems as large as a utility power station and as small as a laptop computer. Fuel cells have several benefits over conventional combustion-based technologies currently used in passenger vehicles. They emit no emissions, including greenhouse gases and air pollutants that create smog and cause health problems. On a life-cycle basis, if pure hydrogen is used as a fuel, fuel cells emit only heat and water as byproducts. 

    Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles: The Other Electric Vehicle Webinar

    This webinar, presented by the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology, describes how proton-exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells use hydrogen gas to generate electricity, compares PEM fuel cells to batteries and internal combustion engines, and highlights recent exciting developments in FCEV for sale in the United States.

    Fuel cell vs engine hybrid vehicle systems

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