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U of Central Florida researchers develop sustainable fuel cell to power cars


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: January 11th, 2022

Researchers at the University of Central Florida (UCF) are developing an alcohol-based power source for cars and other technologies.

The engineered ethanol fuel cell could serve as a renewable energy alternative to fossil fuels. According to the UCF researchers, it uses less fuel and produces less emissions compared to a typical combustion engine.

In addition, the ethanol fuel cell requires no recharging time unlike the batteries in electric vehicles, giving consumers more options for alternatives to fossil fuels.

The fuel cell would be replenished similar to refilling a gas tank. Yang Yang, associate professor at UCF and co-developer of the technology, says it is ready for commercialization now and that the research team is working on reducing the raw materials used as well as the manufacturing cost.

“We spent more than two years on this project. We never stop,” says Yang. “We believe this invention will change the world.”

Source: Ethanol Producer Magazine

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