Researchers Make a More Affordable Fuel Cell

Delivering a constant amount of energy allows for a simpler — and cheaper — cell design.

A team of researchers from the University of Waterloo has developed a new fuel cell that reportedly lasts 10 times longer than any other current technology.

The researchers believe that this advancement, coupled with mass production, could finally make the fuel cell economically viable and provide a suitable replacement for traditional gas-powered engines.

According to the researchers, the cost would be comparable or even cheaper than gasoline engines.

The fuel cell is promising, but based on the test vehicle design, let's hope they just stay focused on fuel cell technology and don't try to move into automotive design. Let's leave that to the Lazzarinis of the world.

These fuel cells are designed to be more durable by delivering a constant amount of electricity, as opposed to other designs that provide fluctuating energy.

Fuel cells produce electricity from the chemical reaction when hydrogen and oxygen are combined to make water. By providing a constant amount of energy, the cell design can be simpler and, thus, cheaper.

Next, the researchers will work on the problem that has plagued the industry for years: getting people to use them.

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