GM Considering Fuel Cell Uses Beyond Automobiles

"This is no longer a science project. The fuel cell is getting to be real."

Published: 16-Mar-2001

HONEOYE FALLS, N.Y., March 16 (Reuters) - General Motors Corp. -- STOCK;(GM.N);USA::;GM-- , which is spending hundreds of millions of dollars annually on research into fuel cells to power future cars and trucks, is seriously considering using the technology outside the automotive industry, company officials said.

Fuel cells use an electrochemical process to create electricity by mixing hydrogen and oxygen, with distilled water as the only byproduct, avoiding the greenhouse gases and smog that other power sources emit.

Fuel cells are expected to power everything from homes and businesses to cars and laptop computers in the future.



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