What are Hydrogen Fuel Cells

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					What are Hydrogen Fuel Cells?

There are already several alternative sources of energy. One of these
alternative sources was originally intended for space programs but now,
some studies are already considering it for car use. Hydrogen fuel cells
are indeed gaining much attention in today’s times when there is a great
need for another energy source.

The hydrogen fuel cells are just like traditional batteries. A chemical
reaction produces electricity and electrical charge. However, there is
still a difference. You see, with batteries, power is produced if the
cell is continuously supplied with hydrogen. To understand how the fuel
cells work, read on.

The cell’s size and hydrogen flow determines the electricity produced.
When a chemical reaction occurs between air and hydrogen, three things
are produced namely – heat, water, and electricity. Fuel cells lower heat
output as compared to other sources of energy like the fossil fuels. But
still, there are advantages in using hydrogen fuel cells.

One obvious advantage is that fuel cells are clean since the byproducts
are heat and water. These byproducts can’t harm the environment. Fuel
cells have efficiency rates ranging from 45-53% as compared to gasoline
with only 20% efficiency rate.

Whenever electricity is required, you can use fuel cells. The size of
fuel cells is scalable. Fuel cells can therefore be created small to
power an MP3 player or even large enough to give a town its needed
electrical power. Aside from providing electrical power to certain
things, it can also supply the needed rotary power by cars.

At present, car manufacturers worldwide are looking at hydrogen fuel
cells are an alternative to the combustion engines. There are already
pictures of hydrogen powered vehicles online; if you want, you can check
them out if you have the time. If ever the hydrogen powered vehicles will
become a reality in the near future, the dependency of many countries to
petroleum will be reduced and not only that, pollution will be cut down.

Currently, fuel cells are installed in some neighborhoods and industrial
buildings to provide electrical power. Within the next 50 -100 years,
hydrogen fuel cells will completely replace petroleum since they have
broad social and commercial applications. Remote settlements can now
depend on fuel cells for power. Portable devices can also be provided
with renewable power through the fuel cells.

Countries from all over the world are looking for a clean and dependable
energy source. With the continued support from the government and
commercial establishments, the use of fuel cells will soon be a
guaranteed success.

Hydrogen fuel cells are truly great but there’s one consideration. In
order to produce fuel cells, energy is needed and at present, fossil
fuels serve as the source of energy. Scientists and experts are still
conducting studies and researches to find other ways to produce fuel
cells safely. At the moment, fossil fuels are being used to produce the
hydrogen fuel cells but hopefully, new sources of energ y will be
discovered to further improve its production.

Now you know what hydrogen fuel cells are all about. The fuel cells are
not mainly used for providing electricity because currently the
automakers are trying to manufacturer cars that are fueled by hydrogen.

If you want to keep abreast with the developments of hydrogen fuel cells,
log on to the internet and you will always be kept up to date. It is
always good to be well-informed.