Fuel Cells
Science Fair Projects
Ideas and Sample Projects by Grade Level

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Elementary School - Grades 4-6
P=Project   E=Experiment
Build and demonstrate a homemade fuel cell. [E] [E] [E]
The effects of water type, distilled or tap, and temperature on an hydrogen fuel cell efficiency [P] [P]
Fuel Cells: Experiments, Construction & Background Information
Microbial Fuel Cells (MFC) Science Fair Projects & Experiments
Middle School - Grades 7-9
P=Project   E=Experiment
Microbial fuel cells: food waste as a sugar source [P]
How Do Bacteria Produce Power in a Microbial Fuel Cell? [E]
Turn Mud into Energy With a Microbial Fuel Cell [E]
Developing Magnesium Air Fuel Cells [E]
Investigate how adding salt to a microbial fuel cell changes its power output. [E]
Determine if a polycarbonate proton exchange membrane (PEM) can produce more power and cost less than a Nafion PEM [E]
Compare a fuel cell's efficiency to that of an internal combustion engine. [E]
Which source of fuel for a fuel cell will create the most energy - distilled water, tap water, salt water, or vinegar. [P]
Direct Hydrogen Fuel Cells [E] [P]
Hydrogen transportation [E] [P]
Demonstrate that by replacing the fuel source of a gasoline combustion engine with hydrogen gas would produce fewer detrimental emissions while still maintaining a practical level of performance. [E]
If you use an electrolyte with a low conductivity value, then the conversion efficiency (electrical power) of the fuel cell will decrease? [E]
Demonstrate that by electrolyzing water, using solar power, it is possible to produce the two gases, needed to power a hydrogen fuel cell to create electricity. [P]
Will Changing the Composition of a Hydrogen Fuel Affect the Power Output? [E]

A green method of making the hydrogen necessary for running hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. [E]
Improve A Fuel Cell Powered Underwater Glider for Marine Exploration [E]
Effects of temperature of a PEM fuel cell and electrolyser system [E] [P]
Find out the catalyst that will make a fuel cell more efficient? [E] [E] [E] [E] [E]
Does temperature affect the performance of a fuel cell? [E] [P] [P]
Which is more efficient: fuel cells or solar cells? [E]
Build a basic fuel cell using salt water, batteries, and a platinum wire. [P]
Comparing the effect of electrical load on a fuel cell and rechargeable batteries [P]
Does the amount of hydrogen used in a fuel cell affect the amount of electricity produced? [E]
Why we need hydrogen cars? [P]
Solar or methanol fuel cells - which is more efficient? [E] [E]

Compare the Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) and the Direct Methanol (DM) Fuel cell cells and find out which one is better for running small appliances such as electric motors. [E]
Investigate if natural seawater is comparable to artificially prepared solutions in providing an efficient means of hydrogen production through solar-powered electrolysis. [E]
Fuel Cells: Experiments, Construction & Background Information
Microbial Fuel Cells (MFC) Science Fair Projects & Experiments
High School - Grades 10-12
P=Project   E=Experiment
Is it possible to create a portable device that purifies wastewater while generating electricity sustainably and affordably? [P] [P]
Research Stanley Meyer water fuel cell is it for real? (bottom of page) [E]
Describe alternative energy sources and outline advantages and disadvantages of any source. [E] [E] [P]
The Effect of Variable Microorganisms and pH on the Efficiency of a Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC) [E]
A Photoelectrochemical Cell to Obtain Hydrogen from Water with Visible Light [E]
Extending the Range of UAVs through the Use of Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells and Other Renewable Energy Sources [E]
Can hydrogen be generated and stored on a practical scale to replace our oil economy? [E]
The Effect of Temperature on PEM Hydrogen Fuel Cell Efficiency [E]
Improving the Performance of Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) Fuel Cells through Design Modifications [E]
An efficient, low cost underwater glider that recycles energy by using a fuel cell as its method of propulsion [E]
Mechanical Properties of Cesium Hydrogen Sulfate for Fuel Cell Applications [E]
Build, demonstrate and research the operation of a Stanley Meyer water fuel cell is it for real? [E] [E] [E]
Fuel Cells: Experiments, Construction & Background Information
Microbial Fuel Cells (MFC) Science Fair Projects & Experiments
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