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Packaging Fuel

Packaging Fuel

We rely on electronics and energy every day, but almost as important as the energy source is the packaging that protects and integrates all the different parts of our devices. At the High Density Electronics Center, researchers explore the use of different materials to package high tech devices, including the lightweight ceramic that supports and protects these hydrogen fuel cells. Tom Cannon, electrical engineering research assistant, designs fuel cell units that produce power using only hydrogen and leave behind only water. The blue 8-cell units in this video are using hydrogen (produced by the clear plastic device on the right) to run the fans and lights. They could provide enough power to charge a small mobile device, and Cannon can make units with 72 cells and more. These cells could store solar energy to run a household, or they could provide lightweight, portable energy sources for the military. HiDEC is one of the few facilities in the country with the capability to produce and test these types of devices.

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