Often thought of as new technology, fuel cells have long history: Here's how they work:

Scientists are working to make fuel cells a viable energy source for the 21st century. But, in fact, the technology dates back more than 150 years. Research began in the mid-1800s, but with the onset of the Industrial Revolution, fuel cells were abandoned in favor of more powerful alternatives, said Jack Brouwer, associate director of the National Fuel Cell Research Center in Irvine, Calif. "They didn't think fuel cells could contribute," he said. The technology sat dormant until the beginning...

 

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