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Lab Spotlight: NETL - Multi-cell

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Have Multi-cell Array, Will Travel: A laboratory curiosity in the nineteenth century and a power solution for space travel in the twentieth, fuel cells are now making their way into the mainstream. These electricity-generating devices have many benefits, not the least of which is that they are ultra-clean; when running on pure hydrogen, their only products are electricity and water. To advance highly efficient, fuel-flexible, solid oxide fuel cells for stationary power, the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has developed a unique test platform called the “multi-cell array,” shown here. This device can rapidly test up to a dozen fuel cells at the same time to determine how they stand up to different fuels and operating conditions. And since it’s mobile, tests can be done in the laboratory or at an industrial facility, using real-world fuel mixtures under commercially relevant conditions.

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