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Fuel Cells

Fueled from hydrogen, they output water, generating electricity in the process.  From research and development to functioning devices.

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What is it • Overview • News • Cutting Edge Research (Thin Film Solid Oxide Fuel Cell) • Marketplace (For Sale | Pending | Resources) • Commercial Application • Misc. Articles • See also

What is it

 
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• How fuel cells work
Mechanical internal combustion versus chemical fuel

"In principle, a fuel cell operates like a battery. It supplies electricity by combining hydrogen and oxygen electrochemically without combustion. Unlike a battery, a fuel cell does not run down or require recharging. It will produce energy in the form of electricity and heat as long as fuel is supplied. The only waste is pure, drinkable water. A fuel cell consists of two electrodes sandwiched around an electrolyte. Oxygen passes over one electrode and hydrogen over the other, generating electricity, water, and heat."
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Overview

  • Wikipedia > Fuel Cell - encyclopedic overview created by worldwide free-for-all contributions.
  • FuelCells.org - tech overview, news, FAQ, library, conferences, message board, careers, links.
  • How fuel cells work (HowStuffWorks.com)
  • Fuel Cells 2000 (fuelcells.org)
  • Fuel Cell Today (fuelcelltoday.com)
  • Fuel Cell Photo Gallery -- from Fuel Cell Today's Education Center

News

  • Daily Fuel Cell News by fuelcellsworks.com

Cutting Edge Research

  • Thin Film Solid Oxide Fuel Cell - Breakthrough in thin film SOFCs enables more efficient (65%) and compact energy generation capacity. A unit the size of two cans of soda would produce more than 5 kW, enough to power a typical household.
  • Microbial Fuel Cells Produce Power by Cleaning Domestic Wastewater - Penn State boosts output six times while reducing costs by two thirds. (WorldChanghing.com)
  • Fuel cell converts waste to power - Gold nanotubes used to catalyze a chemical reaction that extracts energy from fuel cell waste product carbon monoxide.  The method could eventually be used in portable systems that use renewable fuel produced from plant matter.  (Technology Research News; Sept. 22/29)
  • New way of making fuel cells using Microfabrication lowers costs - Researchers at the U. of Michigan are arriving at a system that works and uses steps that are very similar to those used to make microelectronic devices. (PhysOrg; Jan. 18, 2005)
  • Biofuel cells select for microbial consortia that self-mediate electron transfer - Study elucidates whether a bacterial community, either suspended or attached to an electrode, can evolve in a microbial fuel cell to bring about higher power output, and looks for species responsible for the electricity generation."  (FuelCellsWork; Nov. 11, 2004)
  • FuelCell Energy Unit to Operate on Anaerobic Digester Gas - 250-kilowatt Direct FuelCell(R) power plant to operate on anaerobic digester gas from a food recycling facility at the Tokyo "Super Eco Town". (Fuel Cell Today; Nov. 18, 2004)

Marketplace

Fuel Cell Products for Sale in Marketplace

  • Honda to lease fuel cell vehicles to US - Honda Motor Co. will start leasing its pollution-free fuel cell vehicles to individual customers in the United States by the end of 2005, becoming the first automaker to do so. (Fuel Cell News; Jan. 12, 2005)
  • FuelCells.org/info/fcdev.html - list of fuel cell developers.
  • The Fuel Cell Marketplace - fuel cell opportunities, products, industry directory, news & more; weekly newsletter, latest business and tech news, independent analysis.
  • NanoDynamics Introduces First Nanotechnology Enabled Portable Solid Oxide Fuel Cell - Revolution 50 Unveiled At 2004 Fuel Cell Seminar Exhibition In San Antonio, TX (Fuelcellworks; Nov. 5, 2004)
  • Honda Fuel Cell KIWAMI Makes Aussie Debut - luxury sedan features synchronized control 4WD system. (AutoWeb; Oct. 7, 2004)
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  • World's Smallest Direct Methanol Fuel Cell - Toshiba says its DMFC can power an MP3 player for 20 hours on 2 cc's of methanol (you'd carry around a small recharging bottle, something similar to a cigarette lighter refill). (PC World, Japan - Sept. 7, 2004)
  • FuelCellStore.com - has worlds first indoor fuel cell generator for sale.  Size of a mini-fridge, the AirGen™ provides 1 kw for 8 hours on tank of hydrogen; emits only water vapor and heat. $5995.00
AirGen
  • Anuva - Existing products with fuel cell technology integrated include 6 kW generator; vehicles, boats, busses.  Will also design to application.
  • Hydrogen fuel cells powering Ozburn-Hessey pallet jacks - The test could lead to breakthroughs in a variety of applications, including automobiles and lawn equipment (Tennessean; Sept. 23, 2004)
  • Hydrogen Fuel Cell Kit - model car kit facilitates young learning about fuel cells: $105.95

Fuel Cell Products Soon to hit the Market

  • Ford Focus FCV-Hybrid - High selling Ford Focus now has fuel cell counterpart, combined with hybrid, for fleet purchase only. (CarList; Sept. 25, 2004)
  • Methanol Fuel Cell Replaces Batteries in EV - German group producing road ready technology, in final testing phases. (PhysOrg; Oct. 5)
  • Honda FCX Fuel Cell Car Powered by the Sun - Hydrogen produced from a 700 square foot solar array at a custom filling station is capable of supporting 200 miles per week -- the national average.  Range 170 miles.  Prototypes: $2 mil each.  (LA Times; Aug. 29, 2004) [free subscription to access]
  • Notebook PC to be Powered by Fuel Cell Unit - NEC model will enables optimum control of the fuel cell in response to start up / shut down and loading of the computer, as well as fuel volume and density. (Oct. 19)
  • DaimlerChrysler Aims To Put Fuel-Cell Cars on Road Soon (FuelCellsWorks; Oct. 5, 2004)
  • GM Daewoo's First Hybrid Car Makes Debut - Prototype S3X sports utility vehicle, powered by a hybrid propulsion system, will be available with both gasoline and diesel engines, and will enter mass production in about 18 months. (FuelCellWorks; Oct. 18, 2004)
  • Toshiba Corporation Unveils World's Smallest Direct Methanol Fuel Cell in Tokyo - can be integrated into devices as small as digital audio players and wireless headsets for mobile phones. (Reuters; June 28)
  • Small Fuel Cell Ready for Commercialization - Materials and Energy Research Institute Tokyo has developed one of the smallest fuel cells ever, which can allegedly operate a notebook computer twice as long as lithium ion batteries at room temperature.  (FinanceAsia.com; Sept. 17, 2004)
  • Fuel Cell Tributes - Review of industry progress toward fuel cell powered vehicles. (Business Standard; July 17, 2004)
  • MTI demonstrates latest fuel cell for cell phones, PDAs -  Will last two to 10 times longer than existing batteries. First product shipment planned for the industrial market this year. (BizJournals.com; June 21, 2004)
  • Fuel Cell Phones - Japan's largest wireless phone carrier, NTT DoCoMo, plans to introduce cell phones powered by miniature fuel cells -- which run on hydrogen or methanol -- late next year. Look for them to also show up as expensive add-ons for high-end laptops. (CNN "Ten Technologies to Watch in 2004" Dec. 31, 2003) (Submitted by Nathan Allan)
  • DCX to Expand On-Road Fleet of Fuel Cell Vehicles To More than 100 in 2004 - prototype has logged more than 15,000 (Motor Trend, Nov. 17, 2003)
  • FuelCell Energy to Provide Direct FuelCell Power Plant to the U. S. Army - 250-kilowatt plant to be first evaluated by Dept. of Energy. (EnergyInfoSource; Aug. 17, 2004)
  • New fuel cell technology tested - French and Swiss team produce experimental vehicle that burns H and O, and has a range of 400 km. (IAfrican; Oct. 14, 2004)
  • Honda Unveils Fuel Cell Electric Scooter Prototype - developmental concept without any plans for production, aimed at exploring the potential for alternative transportation in the single-seat vehicle class. (GreenCar.com; Nov. 1, 2004)

 

Resources

  • Ballard.com - specializes in bringing fuel cell technologies to market.  Inventor and investment opportunities.

 

Commercial Application

  • UPS Hits the Hydrogen Highway - United Parcel Service (UPS) road testing three Dodge Sprinters, a medium-duty fuel cell vehicle manufactured by DaimlerChrysler. (Solar Access; Sept. 2)

Misc. Articles

  • Fuel cell technology energizing real estate - Hotels, universities, townhouses around the world powering up with 5 to 250 kilowatt fuel cells. (GlobeTechnology.com; Canada; Sept. 23, 2004)
  • Colorado Wants to Be World's Fuel-Cell Capital - State government plans to funnel Federal seed money to encourage the emerging fuel cell industry to locate its core at the Colorado School of Mines. (Pure Energy Systems News; June 14, 2004)
  • Decades To Spread Fuel Cell Cars - Driven by a marketplace calling for clean energy, car makers are stepping up efforts to develop fuel-cell vehicles; but transition will take time due to cost of implementation.  (Fuel Cell Works; July 14, 2004)
  • Survey finds fuel cell companies showing losses despite higher revenue - None of 18 companies surveyed worldwide was profitable last year. (FuelCellsWorks; Sept. 28, 2004)

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Index created by Sterling D. Allan, Sept. 23, 2003
Last updated January 19, 2005

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