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Fuel Cells: Clean Power for Today and TomorrowFuel Cells: Clean Power for Today and Tomorrow
Anna Larsen, Department of Chemistry, Ithaca College

Mini-Grant Highlight -- Fuel Cells: Clean Power for Today and Tomorrow

This project was focused on the development of lecture and hands-on activities related to fuel cell technology. Using commercially available components (similar to the one pictured), students can now experimentally explore how fuel cells work, providing energy for practical applications. This module was initially implemented in Environmental Chemistry I course, and subsequently was guest taught in a variety of courses including the ”fourth hour” of First Year Seminars in the School of Humanities and Sciences.

The developed lecture and demonstration materials included a power point presentation and two demonstration kits with solar/hydrogen fuel cell components. The materials has been used by several instructors in environmental chemistry, environmental biology, biochemistry, honors chemistry seminar and organic chemistry for physical therapy majors courses, and at the College Day at Ithaca Commons. The students were able to assemble the functioning fuel cell units and run them off the overhead projector light when indoors and off the sunlight outdoors, studying the efficiency of the cells based onthe different light sources, temperature of the environment, dispersion of the catalyst, etc. We plan to continue using this module in various courses through-out the science and non-science curricula.

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