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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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 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

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First Known Use of fuel cell

1922, in the meaning defined above

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