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Title: Study of design and manufacturing process of proton exchange membrane fuel cell : catalyst coated membrane
Authors: Devika Vijay Shinde
Keywords: DRNTU::Engineering::Mechanical engineering::Alternative, renewable energy sources
Issue Date: 2013
Abstract: The whole world needs energy to run on. Energy has drastically improved the quality of life of modern society and allowed the rapid advancement of modern technology. The energy needs of the world today are met largely by fossil fuels that emit greenhouse gases among other pollutants. Apart from the environmental damage they cause, these fossil fuels are limited and fast depleting and hence, alternate sources of energy are being explored. Fuel cells offer a promising solution to this problem. Proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) are considered to be one of the most favourable energy conversion devices for vehicular, portable and small stationary applications. PEMFCs have drawn a great deal of attention in recent years due to their high efficiency, high power density and low or zero emissions. This has been achieved through developments in catalysts, new materials and improved designs. This report begins by providing an overview of fuel cell technology – the types, the working principles and the potential applications. The main aim of the project is to understand and experience first-hand the entire effort that goes into the development of a Catalyst Coated Membrane fuel cell – from design to manufacture. The report ends with the author outlining her learning experience, the most crucial stages in the development of fuel cells and what she envisions a future with fuel cells would look like. It is hoped that this report can form a foundation read for anyone beginning their study in or just simply interested in fuel cell technology.
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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