Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
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Poem: "The Evolution of Fuel Cells"

This poem came out of the June 2, 2020 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Anthony Barrette. It also fills the "Victory / Success" square in my 6-1-20 card for the Cottoncandy Bingo fest.

"The Evolution of Fuel Cells"

The first successful fuel cell came
from Sir William Grove, similar to
a modern phosphoric acid fuel cell.

It was soon followed by another from
Christian Friedrich Schönbein, who used
hydrogen and oxygen dissolved in water.

Francis Thomas Bacon succeeded in
developing an alkaline fuel cell, later
known as the Bacon fuel cell, which
NASA has used since the mid-1960s,
now among the most developed
of the fuel cell technologies.

The slow evolution continued
its quiet revolution, and today
fuel cells power cars, buses,
motorcycles, forklifts, boats,
and even submarines.

Science, like fuel cells, relies
on a constant flow of materials
and the spark of an idea.

* * *


Read about the development of fuel cells.

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