Fuel Cells: a low-cost alternative for gas engines in vehicles

Fuel Cells

Research Team at the University of Waterloo are advancing to produce zero-emission fuel cells. Success in this field will provide cheaper technology and replacement of traditional gasoline engines in vehicles. The team of scientists invented a new fuel cell whose durability is ten times greater than the current technology. If such cells are produced in a large number, it could power vehicles with electricity and the cost will also be comparatively cheaper than gasoline engines. Moreover, the invention of fuel cells will produce clean energy.

Previously the researchers experimented on hybrid vehicles, having gas engines as well as batteries. The fuel cells could replace the gas engines, but the team found the method to be impractical and expensive. By making alterations in the design, they produced cells that are durable, and which could produce electricity from a chemical reaction of hydrogen, oxygen and water. This was an inexpensive, durable option and also delivered consistent performance.

The team hopes to meet economic targets and also provide zero emissions for transportation application, along with a solution for internal combustion engine to environmental damage which occurs through it. The Research Study of the team is published in the journal Applied Energy.  Via this invention the team hopes to introduce fuel cells in hybrid vehicles and strives to replace these for both battery and gas engines in the future.