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Clickable Fuel Cell Car
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/fuel-cell-car.html

Peter Tyson, NovaScienceNow

In this interactive, students can investigate a typical hydrogen fuel cell prototype car from its fuel cell stacks to its ultracapacitor, a kind of supplementary power source.

The limited-production vehicle seen in this feature is a Honda 2005 FCX, which is typical of the kinds of hydrogen fuel cell cars that some major automakers are now researching and developing.

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Teaching Tips

  • Review the links on this website that enable students to gain a more thorough understanding of alternative energy innovation for cars.

About the Science

  • Interactive explains the various components of the fuel cell prototype car.
  • A detailed explanation of how a hydrogen fuel cell works accompanies the interactive.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • There are a variety of useful links that teachers can use to build a unit on alternative fuels and cars.

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  • Areas to click on are clearly identified. Some areas provide additional links to further information on the topic.

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