Fuel cells are gaining in popularity as people look for a way to create or use fuel that does not require oil. You can make fuel cells at home and used as an alternative energy source. They are more desirable batteries, for many uses, because they do not require recharging or replacing. Fuel cells also gives off hydrogen as a byproduct, instead of some potentially toxic byproducts of other energy sources. Fuel cells are better for the environment and your wallet, as they save the cost of replacing batteries.
Things You'll Need
- Wire (platinum),12 inches
- Wire clippers
- 1 nail
- A battery clip
- Battery (match for the battery clip)
Clip the wire in half, using the wire clippers. The wire should ideally be platinum. Copper may work as well.
Wrap the wire around the nail. Do this with both sides of the wire that you previously clipped. This will give you two coils from the platinum wire.
Cut the battery lead wires. Measure about three-quarters of the way from the battery and cut the battery leads there.
Scrape of the insulation coating on the battery lead wires, using the scissors, before pulling the insulation off. Do not cut very far and be careful with the scissors as you cut.
Wrap the now-exposed leads around the coiled-up platinum, that you created earlier. The platinum is now going to act as the electrodes.
Tape the wires that are coming from the lead to the platinum wire coils, about halfway down the platinum wires.
Attach your new battery to the battery clip. Look for bubbles in the water as a sign that the molecules are being broken apart.
Add your fuel cell to any electronics that you may have. A battery-powered radio connected to your leads will show if the fuel cell is working properly.
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