PEM Fuel Cells: Theory and Practice

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Overview

Fuel cells are electrochemical energy conversion devices that convert hydrogen and oxygen into water, producing electricity and heat in the process and providing fuel efficiency and reductions in pollutants. Demand for this technology is growing rapidly. Fuel cells are being commercialized for stationary and portable electricity generation, and as a replacement for internal combustion engines in automobiles. Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells in particular are experiencing an upsurge. They have high power density and can vary their output quickly to meet shifts in power demand.

Until now, there has been little written about this important technology. This book lays the groundwork for fuel cell engineers, technicians and students. It covers the fundamental aspects of fuel cell design, electrochemistry of the technology, heat and mass transport, system design and applications to bring this technology to professionals at all levels.

* Comprehensive guide for engineers, researchers and policymakers
* Covers theory and practice of PEM fuel cells
* Contains hundreds of original illustrations and real-life engineering examples

Fuel cells are electrochemical energy conversion devices that convert hydrogen and oxygen into water, producing electricity and heat in the process and providing fuel efficiency and reductions in pollutants. Demand for this technology is growing rapidly. Fuel cells are being commercialized for stationary and portable electricity generation, and as a replacement for internal combustion engines in automobiles. Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cells in particular are experiencing an upsurge. They have high power density and can vary their output quickly to meet shifts in power demand.

Until now, there has been little written about this important technology. This book lays the groundwork for fuel cell engineers, technicians and students. It covers the fundamental aspects of fuel cell design, electrochemistry of the technology, heat and mass transport, system design and applications to bring this technology to professionals at all levels. Comprehensive guide for engineers, researchers and policymakers

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"Of the numerous books on fuel cells I have seen come through our lab in the past few years, I find this one the most useful…I’m already planning to incorporate many items I have gleaned from this book into my public and classroom presentations on hydrogen energy." - Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Letter, September 2005 PEM Fuel Cells "are the primary candidates for light-duty vehicles, for buildings, and potentially for much smaller applications such as replacements for rechargeable batteries in video cameras." - United States Department of Energy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780120781423
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 7/5/2005
  • Series: Sustainable World Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, 2. Thermodynamics, 3. Electrochemistry, 4. Basic Components, 5. Basic Processes, 6. Stack Design, 7. Fuel Cell Operation, 8. Diagnostics, 9. System Design, 10. Applications, 11. Hydrogen Economy
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