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Fuel Cells

Fuel cell technology has many potential applications within the Forest Service, especially at remote locations. A new Tech Tip, Fuel Cells Are Coming (0371–2307–MTDC), presents an overview of current fuel cell development. Fuel cells are energy conversion devices that electrochemically transform energy stored within hydrogen to electricity, heat, and water. Fuel cells have no moving parts and do not burn fuels. They provide a clean, quiet alternative to gasoline and diesel generators in areas where commercial electric power is not available. Fuel cells can provide power for lights, showers, cooking, and computers in fire camps, power water pumps at recreation sites, and even provide electric power for an entire wilderness ranger station.

Photo of two medium-sized fuel cells.

For more information about fuel cells, contact Kathie Snodgrass, project leader (phone: 406–329–3922; fax: 406–329–3719; e-mail:

To order the Tech Tip, Fuel Cells Are Coming, contact Cailen Hegman, MTDC Publications (phone: 406–329–3978; fax: 406–329–3719;

An electronic version can be found on the Internet at:

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