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ALSO CALLED: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Methanol Fuel Cells
DEFINITION: A fuel cell is a device that produces electricity through a chemical reaction between a source fuel and an oxidant. The source fuel could be almost anything that can be oxidized, including hydrogen, methane, propane, methanol, diesel fuel or gasoline. The only byproducts are water and a small amount of nitrous oxide if air is used as the oxidizer. Fuel cells can be used to power just about anything  … 
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FUEL CELLS DEFINITION (continued): …  conceivable, from cars to mobile phones to space vehicles. In February 2010, Bloom Energy announced their fuel cell product, Bloom Boxes. Bloom Boxes are modular constructions of fuel cells that can be used in combination to produce the amount of electricity required for a given application. A single fuel cell could power a light bulb; a stack about the size of a loaf of bread could power the average home. At the time of the announcement, five Bloom Boxes the size of a parking spot were providing 15% of the electricity for eBay's campus. Other beta customers for Bloom's product included Coca-Cola, … 
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