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PEM Fuel Cells, 2nd Edition by Frano Barbir

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Chapter Ten

Fuel Cell Applications

Fuel cells can generate power from a fraction of a watt to hundreds of kilowatts. For that reason they may be used in almost every application that requires local electricity generation. Applications such as automobiles, buses, utility vehicles, scooters, bicycles, and submarines have been demonstrated. Fuel cells are suitable for distributed power generation at the level of individual home, building, or community, offering tremendous flexibility in power supply. In some cases both power and heat produced by a fuel cell may be utilized, resulting in very high overall efficiency. As a backup power generator, fuel cells offer several advantages over either internal combustion engine generators (noise, fuel, reliability, ...

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