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How the Fuel Cell Could Save Civilization
Undergraduate Pizza Supper and Demonstration with
Ben Brabson, IU Professor Emeritus of Physics

October 6, 2011

HHC Students,
In a world of increasing demands, the ability to meet future energy needs may depend on not only developing renewable sources of energy but also finding ways to store it and convert it from one form to another.

Enter: THE FUEL CELL. Fuel cells are capable of converting a number of liquids and gases into electricity with high efficiency. They change the discussion from how to use intermittent renewable energy sources to a discussion about how to store various liquids and gases, a problem that is much easier to address.


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Ben Brabson began his fuel cell demonstration with some slide shows and a thorough explanation of what a fuel cell is.

To help students understand fuel cells, Ben Brabson, IU professor emeritus of physics, guided the group and built and ran a fuel cell from scratch. Students then discussed how fuel cells could play an important role in our society.

Brabson has studied climate issues since 1996 and has worked as a consultant to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and at the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England.

An example of a fuel cell, which Ben Brabson built and used during the pizza supper.


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