Building a Hydrogen Fuel Cell: Wiring

What You'll Need
Popsicle stick
Glass of water
9 volt battery
9 volt battery clip
1 foot of platinum wire (or platinum coated nickel wire)
Scotch tape
Wire cutters
Volt meter

A hydrogen fuel cell is a special machine that creates electricity as a byproduct of converting hydrogen and oxygen into water. Therefore, it is an extremely environmentally friendly way of producing energy, because it doesn’t consume fossil fuels, nor does it emit toxic greenhouse gases or noxious fumes. Plus, it can save you money in the long run! They are often used in vehicles. Of course, the main problem is that hydrogen fuel cells can be expensive on the market, so if you have a lot of experience already working with electric devices and machines that use gases, then you may be interested in learning how to make one on your own. This article will address the wiring aspects of building a fuel cell, which is a surprisingly simple task that you can do in your own home with a minimum of materials.

Step 1 – Cut and Wind the Platinum Wire

Platinum wire (or even platinum coated wire) isn’t always the easiest material to find in your local store, so you may need to search a little for it in specialty shops, or order it online. The first step to wiring your hydrogen fuel cell, once you’ve acquired the platinum wire, is to use your wire cutters to cut this metal wire into two pieces of 6 inches in length. Wind these tightly around a narrow object, like a nail or wire hanger, to create a tight coil, which will become the fuel cell electrode.

Step 2 – Connect the Battery Lead to the Electrodes

The next step to wiring your very own home-made hydrogen fuel cell is to connect the coiled wires to the battery clip. You can do this by cutting the lead wires coming from the battery clip in half with your wire cutters. Use wire strippers to strip away a little bit of the plastic insulation from the ends of the leads, exposing the copper wire. Twist those copper wires onto the tips of the electrodes.

Step 3—Putting it All Together

Tape the electrodes to the popsicle stick with your scotch tape. Then, tape that stick to the glass of water so that the electrodes are submerged, but take care that only the platinum wires are in the water, not the battery leads.

Step 3 – Connect the Wires to the Volt Meter

The last bit of wiring you need to do for this DIY hydrogen fuel cell project is to connect the batter lead wires to the volt meter. Do this by connecting the red wire to the volt meter’s positive terminal. Then, connect the volt meter’s negative terminal to the black battery lead.

Step 4 – Connect the Battery

By touching the 9-volt batter to the batter lead, you can trigger the electrolysis process that will create voltage, as you will read on the meter.