Protecting our Planet
The Future of Fuel Cells
Climate change, energy security, and protecting our environment are common challenges faced by all nations. If we’re going to protect our planet going forward, we need alternatives to current fuel technology. These alternatives can potentially reduce our need for oil and reduce the amount of harmful emissions and greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere - making them an attractive replacement for internal combustion engines.
The challenge of analyzing multi-scale structures
For example, transporting and storing hydrogen is a significant barrier to widespread use in fuel systems. But Several challenges need to be overcome before these fuel cells gain widespread adoption in consumer markets. Another problem is the complex, multi-layered, and multi-material structure of fuel cells. This complexity makes in-depth investigations into their microstructure problematic - unless you have the right tools.
Like current fuel cell technology, the behavior of next-generation alternatives will be determined by their physical and chemical properties across a range of length scales. You’ll need high resolution imaging and precise chemical analysis from the nanometer scale all the way up to the micrometer scale. But to truly understand what makes a fuel cell work (or not), you’ll need to observe microstructural evolutions in situ, without damaging the cell.
Correlative and connected microscopy is the answer
High resolution, correlative microscopy is needed to solve this multi-scale challenge. Also needed are non-destructive operando techniques that allow you to study a fuel cell’s operation in real time. This way, you can gain critical insights into the microstructure, failure modes, and the effects of any defects present.
ZEISS offers you correlative solutions to this multi-scale and multi-dimensional problem. A comprehensive and connected portfolio provides you with the tools you need to analyze fuel cell materials on different length scales in 2D, 3D and 4D.
Your Next Step
Learn more about the portfolio of microscopes for fuel cell analysis and how you can acquire non-destructive images at high resolution, so you gain critical insights while maintaining sample integrity.
3D tomogram of a solid oxide fuel cell
Made of the heat resistant composite material Nickel Samaria-doped ceria.
Acquired by ZEISS Crossbeam.