What is a Fuel Cell?

A fuel cell is a device that generates electricity as a byproduct of a chemical reaction between Hydrogen and Oxygen.  The only other byproducts of this process are water and heat.  Therefore without the need for combustion, fuel cells are capable of producing a very environmentally friendly energy.  Another advantage of this technology is that a fuel cell can run indefinitely as long as hydrogen fuel is supplied, since it takes Oxygen from the air to complete its chemical reaction.   As fuel cell technology progresses, it will be interesting to see how the fuel cell affects other technologies or services, maybe even enabling cheap website hosting or other developments in associated industries.   Fuel Cells consist of three main parts, the negatively charged anode, positively charged cathode, and an electrolyte. 

Direct Methanol Fuel Cells (DMFC's) appear to be the leading candidate as a battery replacement technology for portable consumer electronics such as cellular phones, MP3 players, and laptops.  Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) appear to be the most promising of the fuel cell types to address smaller electrical loads over one kilowatt in size.  Portable power applications and larger battery systems appear to be the leading candiates for this technology.   Proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells appear to be leading the charge toemerge as the front runner for vehicular applications.  This website provides a variety of resources for those looking at fuel cells for emerging techinical power applications.  Visitors will also find an excellent collection of fuel cell and electrical application resources.

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