High temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (HT-PEMFCS) for portable power

Don Gervasio, James Kinder, Nneka Hoskins, Victoria Onyeabor, Sogol Taghavi, Ashish V. Pattekar, Karen Fleckner

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A robust electrical power-source is being developed based on a high-temperature (T = 140 to 230°C) polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (HT-PEMFC) that is fed air and hydrogen rich fuel from a hydrocarbon reformer. The chemical to electrical conversion efficiency, η, is projected to be 25 to 40% in a system with a relatively high specific power density of about 0.1 kWatt/kilogram and energy density of about 1000 Watt-hour/kilogram. These projections are based on advances in fuel cell and reformer materials as well as results with a 10-Watt breadboard, which had a HT-PEMFC and methanol steam reformer.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSAE Technical Papers
StatePublished - 2006
EventPower Systems Conference - New Orleans, LA, United States
Duration: Nov 7 2006Nov 9 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Pollution
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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