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Fuel Cells
Fuel Cells generate electricity by reacting a fuel with an oxidant. Often this is reacting
hydrogen with oxygen.
1) Platinum catalyses the breakdown of hydrogen into electrons and protons at the
anode
2) A polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) separating the anode and cathode only
allows H+ ions across…

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3. Methanol and Ethanol are far easier and safer to store and transport that
Hydrogen (when in liquid or gas state)

4. Methanol can be made from carbon dioxide so may offer a way to reduce
carbon dioxide in the atmosphere

Some new generation fuel cells can use alcohols directly…

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