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Why Hydrogen Fuel Cells?

If you remember anything from high school chemistry, you might remember that Hydrogen is the first element on the periodic table. You might also remember that when combined with Oxygen, Hydrogen gas makes a big explosion. For something so small, it packs a powerful punch. Hydrogen Fuel Cells control the chemical reaction to SAFELY take pure Hydrogen gas and combine it with Oxygen to produce water, electricity, and a little excess heat. Fuel cells have long been used in a variety of applications, including homes, businesses, hospitals, cars, and data centers. Recent advancements in infrastructure and policy have set up HFCs to be a new leader in energy production worldwide. And the best part about it: No Carbon means no Pollution. Just Clean Renewable Energy to keep you safe, prepared, and green.

How do Hydrogen Fuel Cells Work?

ANATOMY OF A FUEL CELL: Anode, Cathode, Catalyst, and a Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM).

INPUTS: Ambient Oxygen and Hydrogen gas

OUTPUTS: Electricity, Heat, and Water.

HOW IT WORKS:

  1. Hydrogen enters at the anode, where a catalyst separates the positive protons of the H2 gas from the electrons.The newly separated protons can then pass through the Polymer Electrolyte Membrane, leaving behind the negative electrons.
  2. Atoms crave an equalizing charge, so the electrons seek a path to reconnect with the positive ions. Hydrogen Fuel Cells give them a path to transfer and then siphon off the electricity created by those moving electrons.
  3. When the electrons arrive at the cathode, they combine with the positively charged hydrogen ions and oxygen (from ambient air) to form water and a little heat, which flows out of the cell.
  4. Voila! Green energy courtesy of Mother Nature with a little help from engineering.

What are the Benefits of Hydrogen Fuel Cells?

  • Because fuel cells draw power from chemical reactions instead of combustion, there is no carbon needed and no green house gases produced, leaving only clean electricity.
  • Fuel Cells do not have explosions or moving parts, so they are silent and require less maintenance than combustion systems
  • High efficiency. Excess heat can even be integrated into a heating and cooling system to limit waste.
  • No recharge needed. A Fuel cell will work as long as hydrogen gas is supplied
  • Completely independent of the Grid
  • Tax Incentives
  • Energy that is fast and on demand

Fuel Cells in Action by Power Innovations

At Power Innovations, we want you to be safe, be prepared, and be greenread more about how Hydrogen Fuel Cells are being used to produce cleaner energy today.

If you want to learn more about the life-cycle of Hydrogen inside a Hydrogen economy, read more here.

If you want to learn more about our vision for a Hydrogen future, read more here.

New to Hydrogen, learn some fun facts here

How much Electricity and Water?

But, how much power do I actually get out of a fuel cell? What about the water? Try this calculator below to find out how much electricity our Hydrogen Fuel Cell could create for your based on numbers from a recent test lasting 48 HOURS! Also, note that the water estimates below show how much water is output, but current technologies are only able to capture a portion for reuse.

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