Fuel Cell Automobile
Introduction to Fuel Cell Technology
Fuel cell technology in cars is a new and upcoming technology emerging
in society today. Currently, the only application in which it is being used is in the
NASA space program. The fuel cell works by converting chemical energy into
electrical energy and heat, as long as there is sufficient fuel present to supply the
reactions. This allows the batteries to recharge themselves continuously, cutting
the amount of fuel needed. The basic elements needed for a fuel cell to work are
hydrogen and oxygen, making the chemical emission basically water vapor.
Many companies and agencies are diligently working on producing a fuel cellbased automobile for the future. Fuel cell technology has some benefits and
consequences, which will be obvious in the foreseeable future.
Consequences of Fuel Cell Implementation
Some benefits of a fuel cell-based car are that they are better for the
environment, more efficient, safer, allow more political independence, and
reform the car industry.
These cars are helpful for the environment since the only
emission is water vapor. The car's emission will be almost nothing, with very
small amounts of air pollutants being released. The cars will also be more energy
efficient because it will use the heat and energy created to recharge the fuel
source. The cars will be safer due to the more stable fuel, which in turn will be
less likely to explode. The United States will also become less dependent on
foreign companies for their oil, which can enable more local companies to emerge
and help economic growth within the U.S. The car industry will be
revolutionized; the cars will be built and designed in completely different ways
than they are now. The fuel cells cut out the need for an internal combustion
engine, and allows for...