Goodbye, Gasoline: The Science of Fuel Cells

Goodbye, Gasoline: The Science of Fuel Cells

by Kristi Lew, Lew
     
 

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A fuel cell is a device that converts chemicals into electricity without pollution. This clean energy can be used to power cars, homes, and businesses, anything that uses electricity. A fuel cell is similar to a battery, but fuel cells don't go "dead" they just need to be refilled. Fuel cells may be the future of energy, providing a clean alternative to burning

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A fuel cell is a device that converts chemicals into electricity without pollution. This clean energy can be used to power cars, homes, and businesses, anything that uses electricity. A fuel cell is similar to a battery, but fuel cells don't go "dead" they just need to be refilled. Fuel cells may be the future of energy, providing a clean alternative to burning fossil fuels. There is still work to be done before fuel cells will be practical for everyday use, but many scientists are working to produce safe, cost-effective fuel cells to power our world.

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Children's Literature - Hazel Buys
For some time, gasoline has been an apparently inexhaustible, affordable source of fuel, but gasoline is also a significant contributor to greenhouse gases and, many feel, to global warming. The development of an alternate fuel for the automobile and truck industry is the ultimate dream of environmentalists and everyone concerned about future global energy needs. A prime contender to replace gasoline in automobiles is the hydrogen fuel cell. Other fuel cells are already in use in the space program, large scale power generation, and in military vehicles. Development of a fuel cell for use in automobiles and trucks depends on the availability of commercially viable hydrogen (an affordable source of hydrogen that is clean and renewable) and an infrastructure (delivery system). Scientists refer to this idea as the "hydrogen economy" and consider it important in solving the problem of gasoline pollution. This book, one in the "Headline Science" series, is illustrated with colorful photographs and sidebars detailing selected facts or features titled "Now You Know" and "Keeping Current." Each chapter is introduced with high contrast text on dark background, which makes it easy to recognize chapter headings. The book concludes with a timeline, a glossary, further resources, which include a list of web sites, a list of books for further reading, and a list of other books in the series, source notes, a note about the author, and an index. This book is recommended for upper elementary and middle school libraries and science classrooms. Reviewer: Hazel Buys

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756535216
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
10/28/2008
Series:
Headline Science Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
1140L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

A former high school teacher with a background in biochemistry and more than 10 years of experience in cytogenetic laboratories, Kristi Lew specializes in taking complex scientific information and making it fun and interesting for scientists and non-scientists alike. She is the author of more than 20 science books for children and teachers.

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