US Department of Energy - Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy - Energy Education and Workforce Development
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1.6 Chemical and nuclear reactions.
4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
4.5 Electricity generation.
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- Students can explore this animation on their own and then convene to discuss this technology.
About the Science
- There is a link to webpages with additional information.
- Does not address the important issue of how the hydrogen is generated.
- Comments from expert scientist: This animation is clear and concise. The fundamentals and chemistry of a proton exchange membrane in a hydrogen fuel cell are clearly demonstrated. This animation is a very good demonstration of a hydrogen fuel cell, but the content is limited.
About the Pedagogy
- Animation illustrates what the components of a fuel cell are, the basic electro-chemistry of how it works, and applications of fuel cell stacks.
- There are a number of engaging ways to review the animation.
- Students are actively working with the animation (by clicking on labels, etc.) at their own pace.
Technical Details/Ease of Use
- Easy to use. Learner can click on any part of the animation to review content.
- The explanations provided with the animation are text-intensive.
- There is a text and image version of this animation that could be printed: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/hydrogenandfuelcells/fc_animimation_process.html
- The image quality in this animation is suitable for expansion in a web browser and for projection in a classroom.
- Will not work on an iPad; you must have a Flash plug-in.
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