05 Dec '11, 8pm

Gasoline Fuel Cell Would Boost Electric Car Range

Gasoline Fuel Cell Would Boost Electric Car Range

The generator uses solid-oxide fuel cells, which can be powered by some readily available fossil fuels, such as natural gas, diesel, and gasoline (unlike hydrogen fuel cells). The key reason this could boost range is because the energy density of gasoline is very high (12,500 Wh/kg). The researchers developed a new electrolyte materials and changed the cell design a bit in order to make it more compact than traditional solid-oxide fuel cells. Traditional solid-oxide fuel cells are too large for vehicles, but the researchers say this new one produces ten times more power for its size. This means that it could be ten times smaller than a traditional gasoline engine and produce just as much power, making it a much more suitable candidate for electric vehicles. Another problem with traditional solid-oxide fuel cells is that they have to be heated to very high temperatures of 9...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/12/05/gasoline-fuel-cell-wo...

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