This book details state-of-the-art fuel cell systems incorporating methanol reformers as the source of purified hydrogen (rather than compressed hydrogen). Beginning with an overview of PEM fuel cells, the book discusses the various technical approaches to methanol reforming and hydrogen purification. A unique theme that is carried throughout the discussion is the practical aspects of commercial applications that favor one technical approach over another. The reader gains an understanding of the chemistry, engineering, economics, and agency certification requirements that ultimately shape the optimal approach for methanol fuel cell systems targeting commercial applications.
Table of Contents
PEM Fuel Cells
Methanol as a Fuel
Barriers to Commercialization
Applications and Markets
Costing Exercise—Lessons and Guidelines
Dave Edlund is a recognized expert in the fields of hydrogen production and fuel reforming and has 22 years of hands-on experience in developing novel technologies targeting not only fuel cell applications and systems but also merchant hydrogen production, petrochemicals, and oil and gas production. He is CEO of Element 1, Oregon.
"This book will be of particular interest to those designing, developing, and/or manufacturing smaller fuel cell power systems consisting of a methanol reforming reactor, a hydrogen separator, and a PEM fuel cell. Researchers developing one or more of these subsystems will also greatly benefit from Dr. Edlund’s unique perspective in both R&D and manufacturing. As a researcher in palladium alloy membranes for hydrogen separations, I learned a great deal about fuel cell power systems from this excellent book."
—Prof. J. Douglas Way - University of Colorado, USA
"The generation of electricity by the conventional two-step processes of first converting chemical energy to mechanical energy and then converting mechanical energy to electricity is becoming obsolete. Dave Edlund’s focus over the last 25 years on the practical implementation of reforming technologies and fuel cells shines in this book. If you are interested in seeing fuel cell technology become a commercial reality, this book is for you."
—Dr. Paul Osenar - CEO & Founder, Protonex Technology Corporation