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Advantages

  • Quiet and clean in use
  • Simple devices with few moving parts
  • Compatible with currently available fuels, providing an intermediate step to the hydrogen economy.
  • Can provide a combined heat and power system.
  • Environmentally responsible - even if reforming current fuels, polluting emissions are much less than those resulting from combustion processes.
Residential Systems

Issues still to be resolved

Today the biggest barrier to fuel cell commercialisation is cost. Research is focused on improving cell performance and developing lower cost materials which will enable fuel cells to compete on price against conventional engines and generating plant.