Solar Powered. Hydrogen Fuel Cell Research Project #2 ECET 521 Ahmad Alazmi, Paul Lapsansky, Roberto Mejia. Fuel cells are devices for generating electric power.
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Hydrogen Fuel Cell
Research Project #2
Ahmad Alazmi, Paul Lapsansky, Roberto Mejia
The electrode connected to the negative side of the solar panel has electrons that are being pushed by the solar panel.
Electrons in the electrode combine with water molecules.
The water molecules each give up a hydrogen atom, to form molecules of hydrogen (H₂), leaving negatively charged ions of OH-.
Positive side of the solar panel pulls electrons from the water molecules.
The water molecules split into positively charged hydrogen atoms (single protons), and oxygen molecules (O₂).
The oxygen molecules form bubbles at the electrode, and the protons migrate away from the positively charged electrode.
When we remove the solar panel, the catalytic action of the platinum causes the hydrogen (H₂) molecules to break up, forming positively charged hydrogen ions (H+, or protons), and electrons.
At that other electrode, the oxygen molecules in bubbles on the platinum surface draw electrons from the metal, and then combine with the hydrogen ions (from the reaction at the other electrode) to form water.
Honda has begun work on a domestic solar-powered hydrogen refueling station that is smaller and intended to fit within the home's garage. Designed to work in conjunction with Honda's FCX Clarity vehicle, the charging station is also compatible with a "Smart Grid" energy system.