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written by Sharon Thomas, Marcia Zalbowitz, and Dennis Gill
This online report sponsored in part by the Department of Energy provides a comprehensive overview of fuel cell technology.  In layman's terms, it gives a brief history, compares various types of fuel cells, and discusses environmental implications of using hydrogen as a fuel.  For teachers and learners of physics, this publication explains the process by which fuel cells convert chemical energy directly to electrical energy, resulting in greater fuel efficiency and reduction of emissions.  One chapter is devoted to an in-depth exploration of the PEM (polymer electrolyte membrane) fuel cell, which is being widely studied for use in automobiles.
Editor's Note: This free booklet (36 pages in length) could serve as the foundation of a 3-4 day unit on fuel cells. See Related Materials for links to multimedia resources which could supplement this booklet. Appropriate for Grades 9-12.
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PEM fuel cell, chemical energy, electrical energy, energy, fuel cell
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Metadata instance created November 29, 2007 by Caroline Hall
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This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.


Topic: Conservation of Energy
Unit Title: Teaching About Energy

A fuel cell is a device that converts chemical energy directly to electrical energy, resulting in greater fuel efficiency and fewer emissions.  This online report, written for non-scientists, is an excellent reference for teachers planning a unit on clean energy or alternative fuels.

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Topic: Conservation of Energy
Unit Title: Energy Forms and Sources

A fuel cell is a device that converts chemical energy directly to electrical energy, resulting in greater fuel efficiency and fewer emissions.  This online report, written for non-scientists, is a great reference for teachers planning a unit on clean energy or alternative fuels.

Link to Unit:
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S. Thomas, M. Zalbowitz, and D. Gill, (Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, 2006), WWW Document, (http://www.lanl.gov/orgs/mpa/mpa11/Green%20Power.pdf).
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S. Thomas, M. Zalbowitz, and D. Gill, Fuel Cells: Green Power, (Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, 2006), <http://www.lanl.gov/orgs/mpa/mpa11/Green%20Power.pdf>.
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Thomas, S., Zalbowitz, M., & Gill, D. (2006, December 31). Fuel Cells: Green Power. Retrieved October 23, 2014, from Los Alamos National Laboratory: http://www.lanl.gov/orgs/mpa/mpa11/Green%20Power.pdf
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Thomas, S, M. Zalbowitz, and D. Gill. Fuel Cells: Green Power. Los Alamos: Los Alamos National Laboratory, December 31, 2006. http://www.lanl.gov/orgs/mpa/mpa11/Green%20Power.pdf (accessed 23 October 2014).
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Thomas, Sharon, Marcia Zalbowitz, and Dennis Gill. Fuel Cells: Green Power. Los Alamos: Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2006. 31 Dec. 2006. 23 Oct. 2014 <http://www.lanl.gov/orgs/mpa/mpa11/Green%20Power.pdf>.
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