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PBI/H3PO4 Gel Based Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells Under the Influence of Reformates

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George C. Bandlamudi, P. Beckhaus, A. Heinzel

 ZBT gGmbH, Carl-Benz-Strasse 201, 47057 Duisburg, Germany

M. Saborni

 University of Duisburg-Essen, Institut für Energie- und Umweltverfahrenstechnik, Lothar Strasse, 1, 47048 Duisburg, Germany

F. Mahlendorf

 Institut für Energie- und Umweltverfahrenstechnik, Lothar Strasse, 1, 47048 Duisburg, Germany

J. Fuel Cell Sci. Technol 7(1), 014501 (Nov 10, 2009) (2 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3119054 History: Received November 22, 2007; Revised April 29, 2008; Published November 10, 2009; Online November 10, 2009

High temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (HT PEMFCs) offer tremendous flexibility when used as energy converters in stationary as well as mobile power devices. Coupling HT PEMFC stacks with fuel processors that use liquid as well as gaseous fuels to generate hydrogen rich gas is a promising prospect, which paves the way for a possible hydrogen economy. The current paper deals with the performance aspects of a 150Wel HT PEMFC stack, which potentially could be coupled to (i) a natural gas reformer, (ii) a propane reformer, or (iii) a methanol reformer. A 12 cell HT PEMFC stack with a total active area of about 600cm2 was operated in a test rack, and the results show that HT PEMFCs are principally suited for operation with reformates.

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Performance curves of the 12 cell stack

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HT PEMFC—12 cell stack in operation

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Figure 1

HT PEMFC—reformer coupling scenario

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Figure 4

Performance comparison: HT PEMFC stack operated with three different reformates



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