Hydrogen Fuel Cell Experiments

I haven’t mentioned this but my brother and I are tinkers of a sort. We’re the type of guys who can fix about anything. Houses, cars, electronics, metal stuff, wood stuff, you name it we can fix it, put it together or back together. We fabricate metal stuff make wooden toys for our nephews and “tinker” with all sorts of stuff and ideas.

Well, maybe not exactly like this.
Well, maybe not exactly like this.

Photo credit to rebloggy

Hmm yea, more like this. :)
Hmm yea, more like this.

Photo credit to rebloggy

We have a few projects we’ve been thinking about and our shop is cluttered with tools and parts.  My brother and I are addicted to tinkering. We watch do it yourself videos on YouTube more than anything else. Building a Greenhouse or other structure, a Gassifier,  a Rocket Mass Heater and of course, today’s project, a Hydrogen Fuel Cell, is right up our alley.

The principle goes something like this. It seems technical but once you have the idea it's not so bad.
The principle goes something like this. It seems technical but once you have the idea it’s not so bad.

Photo courtesy wikispaces

We’ve watched a lot of video and learned the concept. Now we’re trying to figure out the best setup for our cell and decide what we plan to use it for (building a small zeppelin to fly around our country area seems tempting, but may be a bad idea).

I'm not sure it would be this easy
I’m not sure it would be this easy

Photo credit to Picstopin.com

We will most likely use some form of Hydrogen cell for our car’s fuel intake to cut down the fuel consumption and provide a cleaner, more efficient fuel burn that will give us more miles per gallon or maybe to power a small generator with hydrogen gas. to do that we’ll need a cell similar to the design below.

This is a dry cell type that puts off a lot more hydrogen.
This is a dry cell type that puts off a lot more hydrogen.

Photo courtesy US Dept of Energy

We have a generator we will try to power off of the gas or maybe we can get a scooter we have running off of it. We’re not sure yet of the full applications and will need to build our first working cell to see what can be done. There are other benefits from hydrogen fuel cells besides the gas output.A good working cell built the right way can be used as a source of power. This will take a collection of single cells of a different type than this and is something we’ll explore later on.

Basic layout for an energy fuel cell.
Basic layout for an energy fuel cell.

Photo credit to alternative energy news

I’ll try to keep you up to date on our latest projects. Definitely do your research if you intend to try something like this yourself. Hydrogen gas is highly flammable. We’ll be careful. Make sure you are too.

Don't blow yourself up.
Don’t blow yourself up.
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