Fuel Cells in Transportation Essay

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Fuel Cells in Transportation DeVry University LAS432 Fuel Cells in Transportation What are fuel cells With the demand for oil going up and a finite amount of this resource many automotive companies are looking for different ways to reduce their dependency on this product. One of the primary ways many of these automotive companies are accomplishing this is by using electricity to power their vehicles. This is being accomplished by using a device known as a fuel cell. A fuel cell is a device that is used to generate electricity through a non-thermal chemical reaction. Different from most chemical reactions a fuel cells does not have a thermal-electrical step (Koster, 2012). This means that the fuel cells does not require high temperatures to produce the electricity. Also unlike a normal battery, which has the fuel stored inside and can only be used once, a fuel cell uses external sources to produce the electricity. This means that the fuel cell will not run out of electricity as long as it has access to the resources required to produce the chemical reaction. The primary sources of fuel for a fuel cell is hydrogen and oxygen. The original theory behind a fuel cell was that if electricity was required to separate water into hydrogen and oxygen then by reversing the process and combining hydrogen and oxygen together it would be able to produce electricity. The main disadvantage that fuel cells have is that individually they only produce a small amount of electricity. This is being overcome by stacking the fuel cells together (Fuel cell basics, n.d.). This is the same concept that most electronic devices use. By having more than one battery they are able to produce the large amounts of energy required to operate the device. This same concept is being used with fuel cells to produce the right amount of
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