"Are Fuel Cells Fool's Cells?"
Dear valued readers,
Elon Musk is known for launching and leading visionary companies to success. Tesla, for example, is - depending on the daily exchange rate - worth as much as General Motors, BMW or Ford at the stock exchange. This is quite remarkable, especially given the fact that since the founding in 2003 he has solely sustained losses.
He is also known for his snappy lines. One of them is “Fuel cells are Fool’s Cells”. This loosely translates to: fuel cells are made for fools/idiots.
This saying of course sounds funny as it rhymes. However, we all know: Just because something rhymes it doesn’t necessarily need to be true.
I have been working in the field of hydrogen and fuel cells since 2004 now. Of course, we also work on many other things in my engineering office as well. We also develop and optimize batteries and power charging stations. But we also did realize a lot of projects in the hydrogen storage, hydrogen filling stations, and fuel cell cars fields. Worldwide. Insofar I dare to claim that I have some authority to talk about the subject.
So, let’s have a brief look at the question:
Are fuel cells a technology made for idiots – and are batteries in turn the one and only blessing bringing forward-looking technology?