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Fuel Cells
Principles and Applications

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ISBN 9781420060287
Published January 24, 2008 by CRC Press
504 Pages 200 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Efficient, clean, safe, and reliable, fuel cells qualify as an ideal delivery mechanism of clean energy. Fuel Cells: Principles and Applications provides a snapshot of recent trends and breakthroughs in this rapidly progressing field. The author clarifies the scientific concepts underlying fuel cell applications and examines the proactive efforts of several firms to produce and commercialize fuel cell systems. Offering unique insight on future directions, this comprehensive and interdisciplinary reference is ideal for scientists, engineers, and anyone interested in alternative technologies for meeting energy demands.

Table of Contents

Fuel Cells-Relevance and Importance
Historical Highlights
What are Fuel Cells?
Fuel Cells: How do they differ from batteries?
Fuel Choice
Classification of Fuel Cells
Electrochemistry Basis
Thermodynamic Aspects of Electrochemical Energy Conversion
Theoretical Efficiency for Conversion of Liberated Heat in a Chemical Reaction into Mechanical Energy
Efficiency of Electrochemical Energy Conversion
Factors Affecting the Efficiency of Electrochemical Energy Conversion
Electrode Kinetics of Electrochemical Energy Conversion
Alkaline Fuel Cells
Description of the Alkaline Fuel Cell
Working Principle
Components of an Alkaline Fuel Cell
Fuel Cell Stacks
General Performance Characteristics
Attempts Towards Advancements
System Issues
Ammonia as AFC Fuel
Phosphoric Acid Fuel Cells
The Science Underlying the Technology
Electrodes: Materials and Manufacturing
Stacks and Systems
Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
History of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
Benefits and Limitations
Cell Components
Cathode Materials
Anode Materials
Configurations and Performance
Environmental Impact of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
Applications and Future of SOFCs
Molten Carbonate Fuel Cells
General Principle
Cell Components
Mechanisms of Electrode Reactions
Status of MCFCs
Concluding Remarks
Direct Methanol Fuel Cells
Milestones in Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Technology
The Noble Metal Issue
The Catalysis Aspect
Electro-oxidation of Methanol
The Electrolyte
Non-catalytic Aspects
State-of-the-art of Methanol Crossover in DMFC
Catalyst Optimization and Scale-up
Engineering Aspects
Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells
Fundamental Scientific Aspects
Scientific Challenges
Technology Development
Fuel Processing
Modelling Studies of PEMFC Performance
Milestones in Technology Development and Applications
Approaches and Technical Challenges to High Temperature Operation
Technological and Economic Challenges, and 21st Century Perspectives
Fuel Processing
Processing Hydrogen from Alcohols
Producing Hydrogen from Hydrocarbons
Hydrogen from Other Sources
Gas Clean-up
Hydrogen Storage
Challenges and Opportunities for Research in Fuel Processing
Hydrogen Storage
Hydrogen Production
Some Relevant Properties
Hydrogen as an Engine Fuel
Methods of Hydrogen Storage
Prediction of Hydrogen Uptake in Carbon Materials
Critical Analysis of the Reported Results

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