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Methanol Fuel Cell Systems

Advancing Towards Commercialization

by Dave Edlund

"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
  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9789814241984
  • Subject: Biofuels
  • Published: July 2011
  • Pages: 206

Fuel cell systems are being commercialized today. Most noteworthy are low-temperature proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell systems that are economically attractive for applications such as backup power systems and material handling (forklifts). Usually these systems are fueled using cylinders of compressed hydrogen, an expensive and inconvenient source of fuel.

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.