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Future of mobility: level 3 - lesson 3

Lesson 3 - Hydrogen fuel cell

This lesson looks at how hydrogen fuel cells could potentially replace how transportation is powered.

Note: this is the third lesson of three. The first two lessons investigate the greenhouse effect and climate change. Here electrolysis and the use of a hydrogen-oxygen (or hydrogen-air) fuel cell is explored; other links within the resource list include practical ways to model and demonstrate fuel cells simply in the classroom, without expensive equipment. Students are encouraged to explore the pros and cons of differenct fuels for transport, as well as being able to make arguements for the suitability of hydrogen as a "fuel for the future". This ties in well with specifications for upper secondary examinations.

Expected outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • explain why hydrogen fuelled cars are becoming increasingly important
  • describe how a fuel cell works
  • evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different fuels

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