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The history of hydrogen, fuel cells, hydrogen cars and fuel cell vehicles is examined.

Backyard testing in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

“Electric cars are going to be very important for urban transportation.”            Carlos Ghosn, CEO Nissan-Renault The back yard – behind factory buildings- is just where General Motors tested the first earthbound, – better to say road-bound – fuel cell electric vehicle. FCEV is Toyota’s term for the Mirai to clarify …

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NASA contributes to Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

“If we drive down the cost of transportation in space, we can do great things.”            Elon Musk NASA was preparing for manned spaceflights.  They were looking for a power source to provide spacecraft with electricity; batteries were too heavy, solar energy was still too expensive at that time (even for …

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Field Test in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

“Successful engineering is all about understanding how things break or fail.”            Henry Petroski A well-known fact is that, in 1932, Dr. Francis Thomas Bacon, an engineering professor at Cambridge University in England, modified the lab paraphernalia, which had been used during Mond’s and Langer’s time.  Bacon used a less expensive …

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Tense Times in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

You may have noticed a small change in the title. That adjustment might allows search engines to lead additional readers to one of our favorite subjects. A little known headline evaluation tool made all the difference. Certain words have ‘Emotional Marketing Value’, which so-called web crawlers pick up. The words …

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Uncertain Times – Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

“Science is about knowing; engineering is about doing.”           Henry Petroski While Sir William Robert Grove’s invention of the ‘gas voltaic cell’ lay dormant for many years, steam engines were making progress. Then, suddenly, the new-fangled internal combustion engine (ICE) was in the news. It could be observed at many exhibitions …

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Hopeful Times – Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

“Whatever one man is capable of conceiving, other men will be able to achieve” – Jules Verne After talking ‘organic horsepower’ in the previous article, let’s get back to mechanical horsepower and onto the long path of the history of hydrogen and fuel cells. As you may know, one-third of …

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Inventive Times – Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

May the New Year 2017 bring you good health, happiness and success. May autonomous vehicles keep us safe. May hydrogen be our gas in the future. May fuel cell cars be in your dreams and driveway.   “Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.” …

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Festive Times – Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

A one-time diversion from the tedious, tiresome (NOT) history — includes fuel cells, though!! A Christmas story in three parts for the young and the young at heart – to read during the holidays ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and Santa was sad. He had wished for a small sportscar …

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Exploratory Times – Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

“Three great actions; Explore, Experiment, Evolve.”                    Laila Gifty Akita The French Patent Number 731 gave Rivaz title to the use of combustible gasses, instead of steam, in a piston-type engine.  The combustion pushed a heavy piston upward in a cylinder.  Atop the piston is a toothed rod that engages …

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