posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 02:07 AM
Just reading a great thread about getting off the grid , and remembered that I have a small proof of concept fuel cell sittin in the hobby closet .
It is called a PEM -proton exchange membrane . I always thought of it as an electron sieve . Kind of like a large spagetti strainer full of potatoes
and peas . Potatoes=protons , peas=electrons . It is a little thinner than a deck of cards , and has a small bolt on both sides +/-. One side has a
hole that connects to a small electrolosys waterpipe looking thingy . (seperater of water into hydrogen and oxygen) The seperater runs off a small
solar panel and has the hydrogen pumped into one side of the cell which then seperates the electrons and ships them off to run a small efficient PM
(permanent magnet) fan . It is cool , and if you are a teacher I think they give away the kit for free addressed to your school . I will look into it
for any real teachers out there , u2u me. My thought was concerning a sustainable hydrogen supply thru solar panels and electrolosys as a feul
source . It uses a metal ring attached to the +/- on the panel as a catalyst to seperate the proton(+) and electron(-) and then ships them to the feul
cell and then to the load . The catalytic ring is eventually eaten up and needs replacing , but I solar electrolosis could still be a financially
sound solution (solar power starts out as hydrogen ) to any future hydrogen needs . Any thoughts pro or con ?