A Turkish chemical engineer has developed an environmentally-friendly fuel cell that can power a vehicle for 450 kilometers (280 miles) after just five minutes of fueling – a new competitor for the lithium batteries traditionally used to power electric vehicles.
The new cell, developed from nanomaterials, is the creation of Ay?e Bayrakçeken Yurtcan, a faculty member at Atatürk University in eastern Turkey’s Erzurum province.
“Lithium batteries have a charge time of 30 minutes to 12 hours, with a charge lasting about 240 kilometers (150 miles). The fuel cell we have produced can travel about 480 kilometers (280 miles) on a five-minute fill-up,” Yurtcan told Anadolu Agency in a special feature for the U.N.’s International Day of Women and Girls in Science celebrated annually on Feb. 11.
The fuel cell produces energy from the chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen, which is obtained naturally through air flow to the cell. The fuel cell can …