The task of fuel cells is to produce clean electricity, for example from hydrogen, with the end result of water as waste and the production of energy.
Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada believe they have developed a new fuel cell.
Studies by this team of scientists have concluded that this technology can be even cheaper, cheap enough to replace gasoline engines that are still fitted in hybrid cars.
The new fuel cell can last 10 times longer.
The development of this technology may allow the fuel cell to last 10 times longer than current technology. An improvement that will make them more practical if produced on a large scale. Therefore, if they are cheap and practical enough, they will power electric vehicles and may even replace lithium-ion batteries.
Xianguo Li, professor in charge of the research team, confirms this possibility. He ensures that with the approach of this project, the production cost of these fuel cells can be comparable or even lower than that of gasoline engines.
They were able to find a way to reduce costs, while ensuring durability and performance, without the emission of harmful gases into the atmosphere.
Fuel cells guarantee permanent energy.
The current fuel cells already have great advantages and at this stage it would be possible to replace the current gasoline engines, but currently this is not practical, because they are very expensive!
With the development of this project, the Canadian research team is able to solve the problem, making fuel cells more sustainable. This is only possible if they provide electricity at a constant level and without fluctuations. They can therefore be simpler and therefore cheaper!
With the results already obtained, we can estimate that the duration of fuel cells can be multiplied by 11.8, 4.8 and 6.9 in the different types of driving cycles (urban, road and mixed).
This increase in fuel cell life is due to the fact that the energy demand of real-time driving cycles is only a fraction of the maximum power that FC-PHEVs can deliver, while the duration significantly longer life can help reduce oversizing, hence the cost of fuel cells.
There’s a challenge with fuel cells, the high temperature problem.
By installing more fuel cells in hybrid vehicles, they would be more in demand and produced in greater quantities.
This means that, according to the researchers’ calculations, the cost of production will drop enough to be a real alternative to lithium-ion batteries and gasoline engines. To be an affordable, safe, reliable and clean source of electrical energy!
Unfortunately, there is still a challenge for fuel cells to be a true source of clean electricity. It is necessary to lower its operating temperature, because in operation, it reaches hundreds of degrees Celsius.