Do Stationary Fuel Cells Have a Carbon Footprint?

April 27th, 2011

Reducing carbon footprints has become an imperative goal, with dreams to eventually eliminate them completely. While this concept may seem farfetched, reduction is within our grasp. Stationary fuel cells use fuel and convert the chemical energy into electric energy. The amazing thing is that they do this without combustion. These fuel cells are becoming increasing popular, as oil prices rise and global warming looms in on everyone’s mind. Funding for research and development is ongoing and agencies worldwide are focused on improving these. Currently the efficiency level varies, but can range anywhere from 35 to 90. The byproducts of a stationary fuel cell are drinkable, clean water and heat. That means no noxious gases to poison the ozone and no carbon footprint. They can be used in conjunction with other energy sources, such as solar polar and wind. Both of these also leave no carbon footprint. Most homes and buildings do not operate on solar and wind power. Even being used in conjunction with a regular furnace and electricity sources, the stationary fuel cell will still greatly reduce a home’s carbon footprint. When thought of on a larger scale, if every home was at least operating on a reduction, stationary fuel cells would at least make baby-sized foot prints possible.

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