Car of the Future

Student Handout

Team 1: Hydrogen Fuel Web Resources

Hydrogen bus Your task is to do research to find out:

  • how hydrogen is made for fuel (and how fuel cells work)
  • the environmental impacts of hydrogen fuel cells
  • the advantages and disadvantages of using hydrogen as a fuel
  • the major challenges facing implementation of hydrogen as a fuel

Alternative Fuels & Advanced Vehicles Data Center: Alternative Fueling Station Locator
Source: U.S. Department of Energy
Shows locations for existing U.S. alternative fuel stations.

How Fuel Cells Work
Source: HowStuffWorks
Offers an in-depth look at how fuel cells work, their level of efficiency, and problems they pose. Includes a video showing actual fuel cells and diagrams of how they work.

Source: U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Provides a brief overview of the benefits and challenges of hydrogen as a fuel. Includes short videos showing recent model hydrogen cars and how they are refueled.

Alternative & Advanced Fuels: Hydrogen
Source: U.S. Department of Energy
Gives information on what hydrogen is, how it is produced and distributed, how fuel cell vehicles work, what the benefits of hydrogen are, and what the challenges are to incorporating hydrogen into the U.S. energy system.

Fuel Cell Vehicles—The ZEVs of the Future?
Source: California Energy Commission
Presents an overview of how fuel cells work and ways hydrogen can be delivered to them.