Fuel Cell FAQs / 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.

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