Fuel Cell Technology and Applications
Current fuel cell propulsion systems
AFC fuel cell systems
Published Online: 15 DEC 2010
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Handbook of Fuel Cells
How to Cite
Hacker, V. and Kordesch, K. 2010. Automotive development. Handbook of Fuel Cells. .
- Published Online: 15 DEC 2010
Alkaline fuel cells were the best performers in the initial decades of fuel cell development. In the past two decades a rapid change has taken place and many groups have stopped developing alkaline fuel cell systems. From the few remaining groups ZeTek was the only one to produce small series of stacks and prototypes of hybrid vehicles. The prototypes demonstrated that, in practice the alkaline fuel cell is well developed, simple to operate and is inexpensive to manufacture. The uses of alkaline fuel cells are still uncertain. The article gives an overview of the system packaging and operation of alkaline fuel cells when installed as on-board chargers for mobile applications. The main driving force for application of alkaline fuel cells for electric vehicles in future will be the cost issue.
- alkaline fuel cell system;
- fuel cell propulsion systems;
- electric vehicles