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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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 And ultimately all the fuel cell bus routes headed south, so to speak. Jon Lender, courant.com, "Jon Lender: State's Fuel Cell Bus Fleet Fades Away, After Initial Hopes Of Pollution-Free Transit," 23 June 2018 But there are advantages to hydrogen fuel cells as well. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "A hydrogen-powered research boat has many advantages over diesel, lab says," 5 July 2018 For a truly zero-emission future, technologies like hydrogen fuel cells will play an integral role. Nicolas Stecher, WIRED, "Mercedes-Benz's Plan for Surviving the Auto Revolution," 30 Apr. 2018 Hydrogen fueling stations are still few and far between, especially in America, but automakers haven’t given up on fuel cells in the mad dash to go electric. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "These 4 CES Car Trends Are the Future of Driving," 10 Jan. 2018 The Nikola One uses hydrogen and a fuel cell to generate electricity, doing away with lengthy recharging times. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Sweden's Electric Robo-Truck Is Made for Life in the Forest," 12 July 2018 Those energy sources, hydrogen and fuel cells, will be on display at Hannover Messe starting Sunday. Rebecca Lurye, courant.com, "Local Alternative Energy Companies Seek New Markets At German Trade Show," 20 Apr. 2018 The ionic liquid in his fuel cell is goopy, 10 times more viscous than water. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of fuel cell

1922, in the meaning defined above

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