fuel cell


Definition of fuel cell

: a device that continuously changes the chemical energy of a fuel (such as hydrogen) and an oxidant directly into electrical energy

Examples of fuel cell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Toyota has been a leader in hybrids for decades with the Prius and is the biggest seller of hydrogen fuel cell electric cars with its zero-emission Mirai sedan. Alan Ohnsman, Forbes, 18 Oct. 2021 Until recently, Toyota had largely focused its alternative powertrain development on hybrids like the Prius and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, 19 Oct. 2021 Also in June, GM and Liebherr-Aerospace, an on-board aircraft system supplier, announced a partnership to develop ways to use hydrogen fuel cell power generation on an aircraft. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, 23 Sep. 2021 Hyundai says the Nexo’s fuel cell has a lifespan of around 5000 hours, or 100,000 miles, but says the next generation will be between 50 percent and 100 percent better. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 7 Sep. 2021 President Biden doubled down this week on getting more battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric, or fuel cell electric vehicles on the road. Suzanne Baker, chicagotribune.com, 7 Aug. 2021 Toyota has sold only about 11,000 of its Mirai fuel cell cars since introducing the vehicle in 2014. New York Times, 25 July 2021 Instead Alice will use emission-free fuel cell technology to power its engines. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 22 Sep. 2021 The test phase includes two battery models and two fuel cell trucks. Alan Ohnsman, Forbes, 6 May 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fuel cell.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of fuel cell

1922, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About fuel cell

Time Traveler for fuel cell

Time Traveler

The first known use of fuel cell was in 1922

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near fuel cell

fuel-air bomb

fuel cell

fuel dope

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for fuel cell

Last Updated

9 Dec 2021

Cite this Entry

“Fuel cell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fuel%20cell. Accessed 9 Dec. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on fuel cell

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about fuel cell


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!