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 One of the commercial uses for hydrogen that DOE intends to encourage is the generation and storage of energy, which can be converted back to electricity through conversion in a fuel cell or burned in place of natural gas to make electricity. John Fialka, Scientific American, "Energy Department Looks to Boost Hydrogen Fuel for Big Trucks," 6 Nov. 2020 Interestingly, GM Defense also collaborated with the army's Ground Vehicle Systems Center to build a concept Colorado, the ZH2, powered by a hydrogen fuel cell that can export up to 50 kW of power to run electrical equipment in remote locations. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, "GM's Building an Open-Air 4x4 Based on the Colorado, But You Can't Buy It," 29 Oct. 2020 Hydrogen vehicles run on electricity created through an on-board fuel cell that generates zero emissions. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Why the next truck you see may be a quiet, zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell rig," 26 Oct. 2020 Another, in the works but not yet funded, could finance battery or fuel cell replacements in cars that are past their prime. Aarian Marshall, Wired, "To Save the Planet, Get More EVs in Used Car Lots," 27 Oct. 2020 Earlier this month, Toyota announced a deal with truck maker Hino to jointly develop hydrogen fuel cell trucks for the North American market. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Why the next truck you see may be a quiet, zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell rig," 26 Oct. 2020 But it will also be driven by technological advances, including in electric and fuel cell vehicles, aircraft and shipping and in battery storage for power produced by wind turbines and solar panels. Clifford Krauss, New York Times, "Oil Industry Expresses Concern, Not Alarm, About Biden Comments," 23 Oct. 2020 Instead of spending $164 million (€140 million) a year on an F1 engine program, Honda will instead devote those resources to carbon-free technology for road cars, including battery and fuel cell electric vehicles. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Honda shocks F1, says it will quit the sport after 2021," 2 Oct. 2020 Hino plans to develop a wide range of trucks with hydrogen fuel cell technology. Paul O'donnell, Dallas News, "Toyota expects to roll out a pilot fuel cell electric big rig early next year in North America," 5 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of fuel cell

1922, in the meaning defined above

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“Fuel cell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fuel%20cell. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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