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A fuel cell is a device that generates electricity through an electrochemical reaction, not combustion. In a fuel cell, hydrogen and oxygen are combined to generate electricity, heat, and water. Fuel cells are used today in a range of applications, from providing power to homes and businesses, keeping critical facilities like hospitals, grocery stores, and data centers up and running, and moving a variety of vehicles including cars, buses, trucks, forklifts, trains, and more.
Fuel cell systems are a clean, efficient, reliable, and quiet source of power. Fuel cells do not need to be periodically recharged like batteries, but instead continue to produce electricity as long as a fuel source is provided.
A fuel cell is composed of an anode, cathode, and an electrolyte membrane. A typical fuel cell works by passing hydrogen through the anode of a fuel cell and oxygen through the cathode. At the anode site, a catalyst splits the hydrogen molecules into electrons and protons.
The protons pass through the porous electrolyte membrane, while the electrons are forced through a circuit, generating an electric current and excess heat. At the cathode, the protons, electrons, and oxygen combine to produce water molecules. As there are no moving parts, fuel cells operate silently and with extremely high reliability. Due to their chemistry, fuel cells are very clean. Fuel cells that use pure hydrogen fuel are completely carbon-free, with their only byproducts being electricity, heat, and water.
Some types of fuel cell systems are capable of using hydrocarbon fuels like natural gas, biogas, methanol, and others. Because fuel cells generate electricity through chemistry rather than combustion, they can achieve much higher efficiencies than traditional energy production methods such as steam turbines and internal combustion engines. Fuel cells are also scalable. This means that individual fuel cells can be joined with one another to form stacks. In turn, these stacks can be combined into larger systems.
Fuel cell systems vary greatly in size and power, from combustion engine replacements for electric vehicles to large-scale, multi-megawatt installations providing electricity directly to the utility grid. Listed below are a few of the most commonly used fuel cells and the characteristics that make them unique. These fuel cells use porous electrolytes saturated with an alkaline solution and have an alkaline membrane as the name suggests.
AFCs use hydrogen as a fuel source, though are highly sensitive and can fail when exposed to carbon dioxide, which is why they are primarily used in controlled aerospace and underwater applications. Theses fuel cells operate physically similar to the PEM fuel cell and at similar efficiency level. However, PAFCs run at a higher temperature, allowing them to handle small amounts of fuel impurities.
PAFCs are typically used in a cogeneration mode to not only produce electricity, but also heat to be captured to assist heating and cooling. PAFCs are often seen in high-energy demand applications, such as hospitals, schools and manufacturing and processing centers. MCFCs can also use natural gas directly as its fuel source, as its high temperatures allow internal reforming of the natural gas into hydrogen within the system itself.
These fuel cells are typically deployed in stationary applications, providing high-quality primary and back-up power to utilities and businesses. Pure hydrogen gas is the typical fuel for PEMFCs Due to their use of precious metals and lower operating temperatures.
PEMFCs are well-suited for cars and other specialty vehicles such as forklifts that need to quickly start up or accelerate. SOFCs are the highest temperature fuel cells, operating at about degrees Fahrenheit. SOFCs use a dense layer of ceramic as an electrolyte, which at high temperatures allows for the conductivity of oxygen ions. SOFCs are being used in a range of applications, from small residential auxiliary power units supplying heat and power to homes, to large-scale stationary power generators for larger buildings and businesses.
DMFCs also run at relatively cool temperatures, between and degrees Fahrenheit. Applications of DMFCs range from small electronics, such as battery chargers and laptops, to larger applications like stationary power for telecommunications backup. For more information on hydrogen, please see our Hydrogen Basics. To learn more about the many applications of fuel cells, please see the pages below.
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Electrocatalysis and electrocatalysts for low temperature fuel cells: fundamentals, state of the art, research and development. This article deals with electrocatalysis and electrocatalysts for low temperature fuel cells and also with established means and methods in electrocatalyst research, development and characterization. The intention is to inform about the fundamentals, state of the art, research and development of noble metal electrocatalysts for fuel cells operating at low temperatures. Keywords: electrocatalysis; electrocatalysts; fuel cell.
A fuel cell is an electrochemical cell that converts the chemical energy of a fuel often hydrogen and an oxidizing agent often oxygen  into electricity through a pair of redox reactions. Fuel cells can produce electricity continuously for as long as fuel and oxygen are supplied. The first fuel cells were invented by Sir William Grove in
Portable Hydrogen Energy Systems: Fuel Cells and Storage Fundamentals and Applications covers the basics of portable fuel cells, their types, possibilities for fuel storage, in particular for hydrogen as fuel, and their potential application. The book explores electrochemistry, types, and materials and components, but also includes a chapter on the particularities of their use in portable devices, with a focus on proton exchange membrane PEM type.
SOFCs are the most efficient devices for the electrochemical conversion of chemical energy of hydrocarbon fuels into electricity, and have been gaining increasing attention for clean and efficient distributed power generation. The book explains the operating principle, cell component materials, cell and stack designs and fabrication processes, cell and stack performance, and applications of SOFCs. Individual chapters are written by internationally renowned authors in their respective fields, and the text is supplemented by a large number of references for further information. The book is primarily intended for use by researchers, engineers, and other technical people working in the field of SOFCs. Even though the technology is advancing at a very rapid pace, the information contained in most of the chapters is fundamental enough for the book to be useful even as a text for SOFC technology at the graduate level. Designers, manufacturers and end-users of solid oxide and other fuel cells: researchers in fuel cell technology; membrane manufacturers. Ba2In2O6 4.
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