In “Fuel Cells” students examine how fuel cells can be used as an alternative fuel source and then the unit focuses on hydrogen fuel cells.

Students learn how PEM electrolysers and PEM fuel cells work, their current and potential future  uses in society while comparing their benefits and costs with other alternative energy sources.

Students will conduct experiments using PEM electrolysers and PEM fuel cells to determine their energy efficiencies and Faraday efficiencies.  

Big Idea – Fuel Cells are an energy source that are currently being used today and in the future

VCE Unit 3 Chemistry Outcome 1 Key Knowledge :

  •  The common design features of fuel cells including the use of porous electrodes for gaseous reactants to increase cell efficiency (details of specific cells not required).
  • The comparison of the use of fuel cells and combustion of fuels to supply energy with reference to their energy efficiencies (qualitative), safety, fuel supply (including the storage of hydrogen), production of greenhouse gases and applications
  • The comparison of fuel cells and galvanic cells with reference to their definitions, functions, design features, energy transformations, energy efficiencies (qualitative) and applications.

Learning Targets

Students learn:

  • To understand there are different types of fuel cells
  • To understand how PEM Electrolysers and PEM Fuel Cells work
  • To identify the uses of Hydrogen Fuel Cells
  • To understand why Hydrogen is an efficient fuel source
  • To identify the pros and cons of fuel cells
  • To learn how to set up a fuel cell and conduct an experiment to test the energy efficiency and Faraday efficiency of a PEM fuel cell.

Target Group: VCE Unit 3 Chemistry

Maximum Students: 25

Program Times: Weekdays (90 minutes or as negotiated)

This unit aligns to Unit 3 Chemistry, Outcome 1

This program is offered only as a 90 minute outreach for 25 students at a time at your school.