History And History Of Fuel Cells

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History of fuel cells according to Vladimir S. Bagotsky (2012) Luigi Galvani (1737-1798) In 1791, the Italian physiologist Luigi Galvani discovered that the muscle contractions, similar to the discharged of a Leyden charge, will occur when two metals touch the nerve of a frog. Alexandro Volta (1745-1827) In 1800, Alexandro Volta designed a device called Volta pile that originated from the phenomenon discovered by Galvani. The Volta pile is the prototype of electrochemical power sources such as battery and was of significance of development is the science of both electricity and electrochemistry. Sir William Robert Grove (1811-1896) In 1830s, A British chemist Sir William Robert Grove conducted a series of experiment on water electrolysis. His device consisted of two platinum electrodes dipping into water acidified with sulfuric acid. Grove assumed that by channeling current, water can be decomposed to hydrogen and oxygen and the possibility of opposite reaction. But after disconnecting the current, the electrodes at which the hydrogen and oxygen had been evolve as gasses were polarized. A certain potential difference was preserve between the electrodes. Sir Grove named his invention as gas voltaic battery. His invention becomes the first prototype of fuel cells. Ludwig Mond (1839- 1909) and Carl Langer (1889) Fifty years after the first prototype was invented, Mond and Langer accomplished successful experiments regarding the generation of electric current with

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