Other direct-alcohol fuel cells
Fundamentals and Survey of Systems
Fuel cell principles, systems and applications
Published Online: 15 DEC 2010
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Handbook of Fuel Cells
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Lamy, C. and Belgsir, E. M. 2010. Other direct-alcohol fuel cells. Handbook of Fuel Cells. .
- Published Online: 15 DEC 2010
The state-of-the-art of direct combustion fuel cells using oxygenated organic compounds with more than one carbon atom as fuels is reviewed. After introducing the basic principles of a direct combustion fuel cell in a friendly environmental context, thermodynamic and kinetic data concerning the electro-oxidation of these fuels are discussed. Detailed reaction mechanisms together with the catalytic role of the electrode material are presented. Then the state-of-the-art of some direct-alcohol fuel cells, namely ethylene glycol and ethanol fuel cells, is discussed. Finally, some emphasis is put on future fuels, such as ethers and hydrated aldehydes.
- direct combustion fuel cells;
- electrode kinetics;
- reaction mechanisms