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Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

Emerging Technologies and Applications

The next several years will see a massive emergence of hydrogen fuel cells as an alterative energy option in both transportation and domestic use. The long-range expectation is that hydrogen will be used as a fuel, produced either from renewable energy, fossil, or nuclear sources, offering an environmentally acceptable and efficient source of power/energy. Hydrogen and Fuel Cells describes in detail the techniques associated with all the production and conversion steps and the set-up of systems at a level suited for both academic and professional use. The book not only describes the "how" and "where" aspects hydrogen fuels cells may be used, but also the obstacles and benefits of its use, as well as the social implications (both economically and environmental). Thoroughly illustrated and cross-referenced, this is the ultimate reference for researchers, professionals and students in the field of renewable energy.

Researchers and professionals in the field of renewable energy - industrial & environmental agencies as well as lecturers, undergraduate, and graduate students in physics, engineering, and environmental science departments.


Published: February 2005

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-655281-2


  • 1. Introduction1.1 The current relevance of fuel cells and hydrogen2. Hydrogen2.1 Production of hydrogen2.2 Issues related to scale of production2.3 Hydrogen conversion overview2.4 Hydrogen storage options2.5 Hydrogen transmission2.6 Problems and discussion topics3. Fuel Cells3.1 Basic concepts3.2 Molten carbonate cells3.3 Solid oxide cells3.4 Acid and alkaline cells3.5 Proton exchange membrane cells3.6 Direct methanol and other non-hydrogen cells3.7 Biofuel cells3.8 Problems and discussion topics4. Systems4.1 Passenger cars4.2 Bus, lorry4.3 Ships, trains and airplanes4.4 Power plants including stand-alone systems4.5 Building-integrated systems4.6 Portable and other small-scale systems4.7 Problems and discussion topics5. Implementation scenarios5.1 Infrastructure requirements5.2 Safety and norm issues5.3 Scenario based on fossil energy5.4 Scenario based on nuclear energy5.5 Scenarios based on renewable energy5.6 Problems and discussion topics6. Social implications6.1 Cost expectations6.2 Life-cycle analysis of environmental and social impacts6.3 Uncertainties6.4 Problems and discussion topics7. Conclusion: a conditional outcome7.1 Opportunities7.2 Obstacles7.3 The way forward7.4 How much time do we have?7.5 The end, and a beginning References Index


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