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System design for transport applications

Fuel Cell Technology and Applications

Direct methanol fuel cells and systems (DMFC)

  1. A. Lamm,
  2. J. Müller

Published Online: 15 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470974001.f306074

Handbook of Fuel Cells

Handbook of Fuel Cells

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Lamm, A. and Müller, J. 2010. System design for transport applications. Handbook of Fuel Cells. .

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  1. DaimlerChrysler Research and Technology, Ulm, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2010


The following contribution concerns direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC) and their ability to use the new technology as an electrochemical device in an electric propulsion system in the future. First, a brief introduction is given regarding alternative fuels and the attractiveness of methanol as one alternative fuel in comparison with hydrogen (CHG) and synthetic fuels. In addition, the properties of the DMFC propulsion system are compared with those of systems based on CHG and synthetic fuels from a technical point of view. Second, the design of the liquid-feed DMFC system is discussed on the basis of comparison between a gaseous and a liquid-feed DMFC system. Third, the CO2 separation process is simulated, and hardware presented. The thermal management of a DMFC stack is also modeled. A brief description of system management concludes the chapter.


  • methanol;
  • liquid-feed;
  • alcohols;
  • direct fuels;
  • methanol oxidation anode kinetics;
  • DMFC;
  • crossover;
  • membrane;
  • electrocatalyst;
  • analytical tools;
  • degradation;
  • lifetime