Benefits and Disadvantages

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  • High Efficiency- when utilizing co-generation, fuel cells can attain over 80% energy efficiency
  • Good reliability- quality of power provided does not degrade over time.
  • Noise- offers a much more silent and smooth alternative to conventional energy production.
  • Environmentally beneficial- greatly reduces CO2 and harmful pollutant emissions.
  • Size reduction- fuel cells are significantly lighter and more compact


  • Expensive to manufacture due the high cost of catalysts (platinum)
  • Lack of infrastructure to support the distribution of hydrogen
  • A lot of the currently available fuel cell technology is in the prototype stage and not yet validated.
  • Hydrogen is expensive to produce and not widely available