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Experimental Results of a PEM System Operated on Hydrogen and Reformate

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M. Minutillo

Department of Industrial Engineering,  University of Cassino, Via Di Biasio 43, 03043 Cassino (FR), Italyminutillo@unicas.it

E. Jannelli

Department of Industrial Engineering,  University of Cassino, Via Di Biasio 43, 03043 Cassino (FR), Italyjannelli@unicas.it

F. Tunzio

Department of Industrial Engineering,  University of Cassino, Via Di Biasio 43, 03043 Cassino (FR), Italyf.tunzio@unicas.it

J. Fuel Cell Sci. Technol 5(1), 014502 (Jan 31, 2008) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2784324 History: Received November 30, 2005; Revised November 24, 2006; Published January 31, 2008

The main objective of this study is to evaluate the performance of a proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell generator operating for residential applications. The fuel cell performance has been evaluated using the test bed of the University of Cassino. The experimental activity has been focused to evaluate the performance in different operating conditions: stack temperature, feeding mode, and fuel composition. In order to use PEM fuel cell technology on a large scale, for an electric power distributed generation, it could be necessary to feed fuel cells with conventional fuel, such as natural gas, to generate hydrogen in situ because currently the infrastructure for the distribution of hydrogen is almost nonexistent. Therefore, the fuel cell performance has been evaluated both using pure hydrogen and reformate gas produced by a natural gas reforming system.

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Voltages and temperatures at different loads

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Fuel cell performance: electric power

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Fuel cell performance: electric efficiency

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Fuel cell polarization curves at different fuel cell operating temperatures (pure hydrogen feeding)

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Comparison of the fuel cell polarization curves with hydrogen and reformate gas feeding



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