Overview of Fuel Cells

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In the search engine “Google dictionary” the author announces, “Fuel cell: a cell producing an electric current directly from a chemical reaction.” Fuel cells were thought of in 1839 by Sir William Grove who was known as “Father of the Fuel Cell.” In the article “History of Fuel Cells” the author states, “ Sir William Grove discovered that it may be possible to generate electricity by reversing the electrolysis of water.” But it wasn’t until 1889 when two researchers looked further into Sir William Grove’s studies. In the article “History of Fuel Cells” the author says, “Charles Langer and Ludwig Mond, coined the term ‘fuel cell’ as they were trying to engineer the first practical fuel cell using air and coal gas.” After Langer and Mond’s discovery Frances Bacon developed what was close to being the first fuel cell in 1959. In the article “History of Fuel Cells” the author declares, “It was not until 1959 that Bacon and company first demonstrated a practical five-kilowatt fuel cell system.” In the late 1950’s NASA began experimenting with fuel cells by using them for compact electricity generators. Fuel cells have now supplied electricity for many space missions. In the article “History of Fuel Cells” the author states, “In more recent decades, a number of manufacturers - including major auto makers - and various federal agencies have supported ongoing research into the development of fuel cell technology for use in fuel cell vehicles (FCV) and other applications. Fuel cell energy is now expected to replace traditional power sources in coming years - from micro fuel cells to be used in cell phones to high-powered fuel cells for stock car racing.” Fuel cells help the environment by not producing harmful gasses that destroy th... ... middle of paper ... ...ww.sae.org/fuelcells/fuelcells-history.htm>. "How Do Fuel Cells Work? - Fuel Cell Energy." How Do Fuel Cells Work? - Fuel Cell Energy. N.p., n.d. Web. Oct.-Nov. 2013. . "Hydrogen Fuel." Hydrogen Fuel. N.p., n.d. Web. Oct.-Nov. 2013. . "Hydrogen." WebElements Periodic Table of the Elements. N.p., n.d. Web. Oct.-Nov. 2013. . "Innovative Hydrogen-Powered Car Created." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 17 Sept. 2008. Web. Oct.-Nov. 2013. . "Review: I-H2GO Hydrogen-powered Remote-control Car." Review: I-H2GO Hydrogen-powered Remote-control Car. N.p., n.d. Web. Oct.-Nov. 2013. .

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