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Fuel Cells - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081010396, 9780128095157

Fuel Cells

1st Edition

Author: Paul Breeze
Paperback ISBN: 9780081010396
eBook ISBN: 9780128095157
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 9th February 2017
Page Count: 100
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Fuel Cells is a concise, up-to-date and accessible guide to the evolution of the use of electrochemistry to generate power. The author provides a comprehensive exploration of the history of fuel cells, the environmental concerns which came into prominence in the 1980s and the economic factors associated with this method of power generation.

Examples discussed include Alkaline Fuel Cells, Phosphoric Acid Fuel Cells, Molton Carbonate Fuel Cells and Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, making this a valuable and insightful read for those in the power generation market and those in electrochemistry, such as engineers, managers and academics.

Key Features

  • Explores multiple variations of fuel cell technology and evaluates their cost and application
  • Provides detailed historical context, beginning in 1839 with the development of electrolysis
  • Discusses the most up-to-date advancements and methods of fuel cell technology today


The series is targeted at Power generation planners, electrical engineers, students and lecturers of Electrical Engineering and Energy, researchers, academics and the technical community involved in the development and implementation of power generation technologies, and power related engineering disciplines

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. An Introduction to Fuel Cells

  • Abstract
  • 1.1 The History of Fuel Cells
  • 1.2 Global Fuel Cell Capacity

Chapter 2. The Fundamentals of Fuel Cell Operation

  • Abstract
  • 2.1 The Fuel Cell Principle
  • 2.2 Catalysts
  • 2.3 Hydrocarbon Gas Reformation
  • 2.4 Fuel Cell Efficiency
  • 2.5 Fuel Cell Types

Chapter 3. The Alkaline Fuel Cell

  • Abstract
  • 3.1 The History of AFCs
  • 3.2 The AFC Principle
  • 3.3 Current AFC Design
  • 3.4 Hydrogen Fuel for AFCs
  • 3.5 Hydroxyl Ion Exchange Membranes
  • 3.6 AFCs and Alternative Fuels
  • 3.7 Applications of AFCs

Chapter 4. The Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell

  • Abstract
  • 4.1 The History of the PEM Fuel Cell
  • 4.2 The PEM Principle
  • 4.3 PEM Fuel Cell Catalysts
  • 4.4 Membranes
  • 4.5 Natural Gas Reforming
  • 4.6 Commercial Applications of PEM Fuel Cells

Chapter 5. The Phosphoric Acid Fuel Cell

  • Abstract
  • 5.1 History of the PAFC
  • 5.2 The PAFC Principle
  • 5.3 Fuel Processing
  • 5.4 Commercial Cells

Chapter 6. The Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell

  • Abstract
  • 6.1 The History of the MCFC
  • 6.2 The MCFC Principle
  • 6.3 Hybrid Power Systems
  • 6.4 Fuel Reforming
  • 6.5 Active Carbon Dioxide Capture
  • 6.6 Commercial MCFCs
  • 6.7 Applications

Chapter 7. The Solid Oxide Fuel Cell

  • Abstract
  • 7.1 The History of the SOFC
  • 7.2 The SOFC Principle
  • 7.3 Electrolytes and Cell Structures
  • 7.4 SOFC-Turbine Hybrids
  • 7.5 Fuel Processing
  • 7.6 Commercial SOFC Cells and Applications

Chapter 8. Direct Methanol Fuel Cell

  • Abstract
  • 8.1 The History of the DMFC
  • 8.2 The DMFC Principle
  • 8.3 Membranes and Catalysts
  • 8.4 Applications

Chapter 9. Fuel Cells and the Environment

  • Abstract
  • 9.1 Fuel Cells, Emissions, and Efficiency
  • 9.2 The Hydrogen Economy
  • 9.3 Other Environmental Considerations

Chapter 10. The Cost of Electricity From Fuel Cells

  • Abstract
  • 10.1 Levelized Cost of Energy Model
  • 10.2 Capital Cost
  • 10.3 The Levelized Cost of Electricity from a Fuel Cell Power Plant


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About the Author

Paul Breeze

Paul Breeze is a journalist and freelance science and technology writer and consultant in the United Kingdom. He has specialised in power generation technology for the past 30 years. In addition to writing Power Generation Technologies, Second Edition, he has contributed to journals and newspapers such as The Financial Times and The Economist and has written a range of technical management reports covering all the aspects of power generation, transmission and distribution.

Affiliations and Expertise

Freelance Science and Technology Writer/Consultant, UK


"It contains basic essential information for an engineer who wants to learn about fuel cells without being burdened by heavy theoretical descriptions. It is a concise guide to fuel cells with a minimum of chemical equations." --Power Electronics

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