How much does a fuel cell cost to operate?

Besides the routine maintenance of a fuel cell the main cost that will occur with be the consumption of hydrogen.  The amount of hydrogen you use is dependent on the amount of energy you expect to consume. Below are example calculations for determining the cost of operating a 1kW fuel cell on hydrogen. In these examples a compressed hydrogen cylinder with a capacity of 200 cubic feet of hydrogen at normal temperature and pressure (NTP) is used. The purity of hydrogen consumed is … [Read more...]

Can I buy a fuel cell?

Yes, anyone can purchase a fuel cell.  You can actually purchase them straight from our store website here. … [Read more...]

What are the benefits of using a fuel cell?

Low-to-Zero Emissions High Efficiency Reliability High Quality Power Fuel Flexibility Energy Security Lightweight Technology Compatibility Quiet Operation Scalability Durability … [Read more...]

How does a fuel cell differ from a battery?

A fuel cell is different from a battery cell in that reactants are constantly supplied to a fuel cell making it an open system whereas a battery cell is a closed system that stores the reactants within it. A fuel cell works as long as fuel is supplied to it whereas a battery cell requires regular replacements. … [Read more...]

What is a fuel cell?

A fuel cell is a device that converts the chemical energy from a fuel into electricity through a chemical reaction with oxygen or another oxidizing agent. Hydrogen is the most common fuel, but hydrocarbons such as natural gas and alcohols like methanol are sometimes used. Fuel cells are different from batteries in that they require a constant source of fuel and oxygen/air to sustain the chemical reaction, they can however produce electricity continually for as long as these inputs are supplied. … [Read more...]

When was the first fuel cell invented?

In 1838, German scientist Christian Friedrich Schönbein discovered the principle of the fuel cell. In the February 1839 edition of the Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science, Welsh scientist and barrister Sir William Robert Grove demonstrated the first fuel cell based on Schönbein's work. In 1939, British engineer Francis Thomas Bacon successfully developed a 5 kW stationary fuel cell. … [Read more...]