Fuel Cell Performance and Technology Overview
Fuel cells are one of the cleanest and most efficient technologies for generating electricity. Since there is no combustion, there are none of the pollutants commonly produced by boilers and furnaces. For systems designed to consume hydrogen directly, the only products are electricity, water and heat. Fuel cells are an important technology for a potentially wide variety of applications including on-site electric power for households and commercial buildings; supplemental or auxiliary power to support car, truck and aircraft systems; power for personal, mass and commercial transportation; and the modular addition by utilities of new power generation closely tailored to meet growth in power consumption. These applications will be in a large number of industries worldwide.
This course provides a foundation in fuel cells for engineers seeking a better understanding of the technology, its benefits, and the technical issues that influence its application. It discusses trends in technology including next-generation concepts that promise ultra-high efficiency and low cost, while providing exceptionally clean power plant systems. This course summarizes recent fuel cell progress and addresses the thermodynamics of fuel cells to provide an understanding of their operation.
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty-five (25) questions to earn 5 PDH credits.
This course is intended to provide you with a thorough understanding of the following concepts:
- An overview of fuel cell technology and the main fuel cell types
- The chemical and thermodynamic relations governing fuel cells
- Feedstock Logistics
- How operating conditions affect fuel cell performance
Download the Course to review and begin earning your PDH credits.
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