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Small-size PEM systems for special applications

Fuel Cell Technology and Applications

Portable fuel cell systems

  1. F. N. Büchi

Published Online: 15 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470974001.f310096

Handbook of Fuel Cells

Handbook of Fuel Cells

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Büchi, F. N. 2010. Small-size PEM systems for special applications. Handbook of Fuel Cells. .

Author Information

  1. Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen PSI, Switzerland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2010


The trend towards more mobility in many aspects of life in 21st century society creates a need for mobile power sources in situations and areas where no grid power is available. Today mobile power in the medium power range (several 10 W to several kW) is mostly provided by either batteries or IC engine-driven generators. However competing technologies such as low temperature fuel cells are evolving. This article describes the fuel requirements, advantages, and properties, examples of systems and applications of polymer electrolyte fuel cells for these special applications.


  • Polymer electrolyte fuel cell system;
  • air supply;
  • hydrogen;
  • fuel supply;
  • cooling system;
  • applications