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With Reference to ‘Fuel Cells’ in Which Hydrogen-Rich Fuel and Oxygen Are Used to Generate Electricity, consider the following statements :

With reference to ‘fuel cells’ in which hydrogen-rich fuel and oxygen are used to generate electricity, consider the following statements :

1. If pure hydrogen is used as a fuel, the fuel cell emits heat and water as by-products.

2. Fuel cells can be used for powering buildings and not for small devices like laptop computers.

3. Fuel cells produce electricity in the form of Alternating Current (AC).

Which of the statements given above is / are correct?(2015)

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

ANswer: A

The purpose of a fuel cell is to produce an electrical current that can be directed outside the cell to do work, such as powering an electric motor or illuminating a light bulb or a city.

One great appeal of fuel cells is that they generate electricity with very little pollution–much of the hydrogen and oxygen used in generating electricity ultimately combines to form a harmless byproduct, namely water alongwith releasing heat.

A single fuel cell generates a tiny amount of direct current (DC) electricity. In practice, many fuel cells are usually assembled into a stack.

If alternating current (AC) is needed, the DC output of the fuel cell must be routed through a conversion device called an inverter.

March 2024