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Performance of a High Temperature Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (HT-PEMFC) Operating on Simulated Reformate

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Michael G. Waller, Mark R. Walluk, Thomas A. Trabold

Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

Paper No. FUELCELL2015-49562, pp. V001T04A004; 6 pages
  • ASME 2015 13th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology collocated with the ASME 2015 Power Conference, the ASME 2015 9th International Conference on Energy Sustainability, and the ASME 2015 Nuclear Forum
  • ASME 2015 13th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology
  • San Diego, California, USA, June 28–July 2, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Advanced Energy Systems Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5661-1
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


Conventional proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell systems suffer from requiring high purity hydrogen, necessitating a costly on-board hydrogen storage tank to be incorporated into the overall system design. One method to overcome this barrier is to use an on-board reforming system fueled by some sort of hydrocarbon. Unfortunately though, most fuel reforming processes generate significant amounts of impurities, such as CO and CO2, requiring a costly and complex upfront reforming system that is unwieldy for a practical system. High temperature PEM fuel cells based on acid doped polybenzimidazole (PBI), are capable of operating on lower quality reformed hydrogen, allowing for a simplified on-board fuel reforming system design to be envisioned. Advances in high temperature PEM fuel cells have progressed to the point where they are now a commercially viable technology. However, there remains a lack of published literature on the performance of HT-PEMFCs operating on common reformate effluent compositions consisting primarily of H2, CO, CO2, and N2. In this work, the performance of PBI-based HT-PEMFCs are evaluated under simulated reformate compositions.

Copyright © 2015 by ASME



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