Hydrogen Powered Cars

As the need to find alternative cleaner forms of energy increases, scientists are looking to technologies, such as Hydrogen Fuel Cells (HFCs), as a power source for transportation.

This Catalyst article explains how hydrogen and oxygen gas can be used in a redox reaction to produce electricity, and the harmless by-product, water. The method by which the majority of hydrogen needed for the fuel cell is produced, is explained. The efficiency, cost, durability and performance of the fuel cell for transportation are discussed.

The article is written by Dr. Michael Whiteley, a doctoral researcher in fuel cell technology at the University of Loughborough.

The article is from Catalyst: Secondary Science Review 2012, Volume 23, Issue 2.

Catalyst is a science magazine for students aged 14-19 years. Annual subscriptions to print copies of the magazine can be purchased from Mindsets.

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