The parts of a fuel cell, which is actually a collection of cells, are quite similar to those of a battery. A fuel cell system features a matching pair of electrodes in each cell, similar to the latter. Both the cathode and the anode serve as sources of electrons, respectively.
To complete the system’s chemistry, both electrodes must be submerged in and separated by an electrolyte, which can either be a liquid or a solid and must conduct ions between the electrodes in both cases.
The anode receives fuel, such as hydrogen, which is oxidised there to produce hydrogen ions and electrons. The cathode receives an oxidizer, like oxygen, and the hydrogen ions from the anode absorb electrons there.
The France Fuel cell vehicle market accounted for $XX Billion in 2021 and is anticipated to reach $XX Billion by 2026, registering a CAGR of XX% from 2022 to 2027.
The fuel cell manufacturing facility for Hyvia, a joint venture between Renault and Plug Power, has begun operations at the Renault Factory in Flins, France. At the new location, Hyvia intends to construct and test fuel cell modules based on Plug Power’s technology.
The Renault Master H2-TECH panel van, platform chassis, and city bus will all be powered by the 30-kW fuel cell. The vehicles contain a 33 kWh battery in addition to the fuel cell and H2 tanks (which may hold between three and seven kg of hydrogen, depending on the model). Depending on the model, this should increase the 100 battery-electric miles to somewhere between 150 and 400 miles with hydrogen.
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