An introduction to… fuel cell systems

An introduction to… fuel cell systems

Cars, buses, trucks, bikes, and even planes. In the modern-day world, the applications for fuel cells are continuously growing as the globe strives for a low carbon future.

The fuel cell, however, is no new technology despite its new applications, and in fact dates back to 1839 when Sir William Robert Grove, a Lawyer turned Scientist based in Swansea, Wales, invented the technology.

Grove conducted a series of experiments which ultimately proved that electric current could be produced from an electrochemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen over a platinum catalyst. However, the term fuel cell relating to the technology was first used in 1889 by Charles Langer and Ludwig Mond.

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