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Researchers design cost-efficient, clean fuel cells that might soon replace traditional gas engines in cars

Fuel cell technology has been around for some time. The first truly modern fuel cell vehicles came from the 1950s and 1960s, when they were used on experimental vehicles such as the 1966 Electrovan, a van which was outfitted with a fuel cell that took up so much space it could only fit two people. Fuel cell technology was even used by NASA to power space missions. The science behind fuel cells is progressing, but it still hasn’t received widespread appeal. Fortunately, advancements in zero-emission fuel cells could finally make this unique technology cheap enough to replace traditional air-polluting gas engines in vehicles. Researchers from the University of Waterloo (UW) have been hard at work. They have developed a new fuel cell that they believe can last for at least 10 times longer than what the current technology allows. They believe that if their fuel cells were mass produced, it would make them an economically viable option to power many of today’s vehicles. Read more.....

 

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