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Electrolysis: Application in Fuel Cell Technology


As a high school or introductory undergraduate Chemistry or Environmental Sciences teacher, you can use this set of computer-based tools to help you in teaching the basics of electrochemistry, electrolysis and the application of electrolysis in fuel cells as an alternative source of clean energy.

This lesson plan includes resources to teach about oxidation states, redox reactions, half-cell, cell potentials, electrolysis, and electrolytic cells. It includes a hands-on laboratory activity to teach your students about the application of electrolytic cells for energy generation from fuel cells. These fuel cells offer an alternative to fossil-fuel based energy production which is the main contributor to global warming and climate change.

Thus, the use of this lesson plan allows you to integrate the teaching of a climate science topic with a core topic in Chemistry or Environmental Sciences.

Learning Outcome

The tools in this lesson plan will enable students to:

  1. Learn about the basics of electrochemistry, oxidation states, redox reactions, half-cells, and cell potentials
  2. Describe electrolysis, electrolytic cells, and their applications
  3. Explain what fuel cells are, describe their types, and how they work
  4. Discuss the importance of fuel cells as an alternative source of energy in the context of climate change

Mapped Sustainable Development Goal(s), apart from 4 and 13


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