Title

Hydrogen Fuel Cells: From NASA to Now

Date

5-26-2016 8:45 AM

End Time

26-5-2016 9:00 AM

Location

NS 101

Department

General Science Honors

Session Chair

Philip Wade

Session Chair

Arlene Courtney

Session Title

Exploring Energy Resources through Student Created Video Documentaries

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Philip Wade & Arlene Courtney

Abstract

In a world searching for more efficient energy sources, one of the most promising prospects is hydrogen fuel cells. Fuel cells work by converting chemical energy into electrical energy. This occurs through a multi-step process where hydrogen electrons are stripped and combined with oxygen which forms water and produces energy. Hydrogen fuel cells have been in use since 1958, when NASA began utilizing them in the space program. The potential of fuel cells as an energy source has enticed more commercial interest in recent years, especially with car manufacturers such as Honda, Toyota, and BMW. Though there are different types of hydrogen fuel cells, this documentary will focus on the specific type that scientists believe is the most promising for vehicular use: the Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell. Research about this technology is still ongoing: there are mixed reports on the environmental effects of hydrogen fuel cells as well as the overall efficiency. This documentary will examine the current applications of fuel cells and their future potential.

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May 26th, 8:45 AM May 26th, 9:00 AM

Hydrogen Fuel Cells: From NASA to Now

NS 101

In a world searching for more efficient energy sources, one of the most promising prospects is hydrogen fuel cells. Fuel cells work by converting chemical energy into electrical energy. This occurs through a multi-step process where hydrogen electrons are stripped and combined with oxygen which forms water and produces energy. Hydrogen fuel cells have been in use since 1958, when NASA began utilizing them in the space program. The potential of fuel cells as an energy source has enticed more commercial interest in recent years, especially with car manufacturers such as Honda, Toyota, and BMW. Though there are different types of hydrogen fuel cells, this documentary will focus on the specific type that scientists believe is the most promising for vehicular use: the Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell. Research about this technology is still ongoing: there are mixed reports on the environmental effects of hydrogen fuel cells as well as the overall efficiency. This documentary will examine the current applications of fuel cells and their future potential.