Electrochemistry, rechargeable batteries & fuel cells

IB Chemistry: Electrochemistry, rechargeable batteries & fuel cells

The first crude fuel cells were actually invented as long ago as 1838 by William Grove, a Welshman and independently by Christian Schönbein from Germany.It was the NASA space programme that really developed them to become a viable technology. The space shuttle contains three fuel cells, which operate as independent power sources. These use oxygen and hydrogen gas and an electrolyte of potassium hydroxide. Each one is...


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