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New Materials Advance Fuel Cell Technologies
As An Alternative Energy Source

Fuel Cell Technology

The Cornell Fuel Cell Institute (CFCI)

Chandrani Roy Chowdhury looks at a suspension of nanoparticles; James Ledoux observes.The use of fossil fuels is driving the energy debate nationally and internationally. Their finite nature, the deleterious effects associated with their useā€”air and water pollution and global warming—and their vulnerability to political instability cause major concerns. Long-term solutions lie with improving the efficiency of fuel use and developing alternatives even if at times they are controversial energy sources. Solar, wind, and hydrothermal, as well as oil, coal, and nuclear power sources offer alternatives. Each poses significant though different challenges. Major increases in global energy needs, however, will only be met by the appropriate utilization of most, if not all, of these options.

An especially vexing problem is fuel for transportation needs, since centralized power sources, such as electrical generation, cannot be directly tapped for many transportation uses.

 

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