The latest issue of Fuel Cell Power is now available to download.
Fuel cells are beginning to replace the internal combustion engine in many applications. They are providing zero emission transport in polluted cities and reliable off-grid power. Utilised alongside variable solar or wind power, fuel cell systems store energy as hydrogen for use when it is needed. Fuel cells are also being powered by energy from waste in a carbon neutral process. They have no emissions of carbon dioxide (if powered by pure hydrogen) nitrogen or sulphur oxides nor particulate matter. The electro-chemical process is so clean and quiet that fuel cells are being utilised inside or adjacent to buildings. The efficient process is providing both electricity and heat in homes, schools, hospitals, data centres, and industrial buildings.
The growing use of fuel cells will help to eliminate air pollution in cities and keep the global temperature increase to 1.5°C. Fuel cells are now reaching technical maturity and fossil fuels are beginning to cover their real costs. Transport operators and users of mobile or stationary electricity and heat generators can begin to plan for the change from combustion to electro-chemical energy conversion.