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

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For electrification, fuel cell batteries represent an indispensable technology. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Japan and Toyota Teaming Up to Make an SUV for the Moon, Maybe Mars," 12 Mar. 2019 Battery-electric and fuel cell buses are two potential avenues for investment, CARB noted. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "California transit agencies have 21 years to build zero-emissions bus fleets," 16 Dec. 2018 Both of the Class 8 trucks use technology from the Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car and emit only water vapor as emissions. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Toyota unveils second-generation hydrogen-powered semi truck," 31 July 2018 Calls to the Zhangjiakou service center of SinoHytec, a maker of hydrogen fuel cell engines, rang unanswered. Josh Chin, WSJ, "Truckload of Acetylene Explodes Near Chemical Factories in China," 28 Nov. 2018 Some DERs store energy, like batteries, fuel cells, or thermal storage like water heaters. David Roberts, Vox, "Clean energy technologies threaten to overwhelm the grid. Here’s how it can adapt.," 30 Nov. 2018 However, that column also mentioned that Ford and Daimler would invest $1 billion and have fuel celled automobiles on the market by 2004. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "Promises, Promises," 22 June 2018 The fuel cell generates electricity to power two electric motors with a combined output of 670 hp and 1,327 lb-ft of torque. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Toyota unveils second-generation hydrogen-powered semi truck," 31 July 2018 Airbus is assessing all options, including reducing seat capacity, adding more fuel cells and modifications to engines, Schulz said. Angus Whitley, Bloomberg.com, "Airbus Sees Demand Beyond Qantas for Ultra-Long Range Plane," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of fuel cell

1922, in the meaning defined above

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