Fundamentals of Hydrogen Production and Utilization in Fuel Cell Systems

Fundamentals of Hydrogen Production and Utilization in Fuel Cell Systems

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  • Author: Seyed Hosseini
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323886710

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Fundamentals of Hydrogen Production and Utilization in Fuel Cell Systems provides a comprehensive overview of the complex and interdisciplinary issues surrounding the use of hydrogen fuel cells in the global transportation system. With a particular emphasis on the commercialization and implementation of hydrogen fuel cells, the book deals with production, utilization, storage and safety, and addresses the application of fuel cells in the road, rail, maritime and aviation sectors. For each sector, the book discusses the fundamentals of fuel cells, the current technical, environmental, safety, and economic performance, the main barriers to implementation and how to address them This book is an invaluable reference for researchers, graduate students and industry engineers across the fuel cells and transportation sector, but is also ideal for policymakers involved in the energy transition.

Key Features

  • Offers the first account of hydrogen fuel cell systems that considers every sector: road, rail, maritime and aviation
  • Focuses on the practical utilization and implementation of hydrogen fuel cells in transportation systems
  • Summarizes the latest research and developments in hydrogen fuel cell powered transportation


Researchers, lecturers, and postgraduates working on fuel cells in the areas of Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Energy Systems, Aerospace Engineering, Environmental Engineering. Industry practitioners and engineers in the automotive, maritime, train, aviation, and aerospace industries

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
    Global energy demand and environmental issues
    Renewable and sustainable energy
    Hydrogen, a green energy carrier
    Hydrogen properties
    Hydrogen physical properties
    Hydrogen chemical properties
    Hydrogen Safety
    Hydrogen explosion
    Safety in various hydrogen production processes
    Safety in hydrogen storage
    Hydrogen and policy
    Hydrogen supply chain
    Feedstocks and production technologies
    Hydrogen fuel distribution
    Hydrogen pumps for vehicles

    Chapter 2: Steam methane reforming for hydrogen fuel production

    Chapter 3: Biomass to hydrogen

    Chapter 4: Electrochemical Hydrogen Production
    Fundamentals of electrochemical process
    Thermodynamics of electrochemical process
    Effects of electrolyte pH on the electrolysis process
    Effect of operating temperature on the electrolysis process
    Effect of operating pressure on the electrolysis process
    Voltage analysis
    Open circuit voltage (OCV)
    Activation overpotential
    Ohmic losses
    Concentration overpotential
    Energy and exergy efficiency of an electrolyzer
    Alkaline water electrolysis
    Polymer exchange membrane electrolysis
    Solid oxide steam electrolysis

    Chapter 5: Hydrogen storage and delivery challenges

    Chapter 6: Hydrogen as a battery for renewables

    Chapter 7: Fundamentals of hydrogen fuel cell systems
    Hydrogen fuel cell background
    Fuel cell function
    Current-voltage characteristics of a FC
    Key parameters of fuel cell systems
    Fuel cell stack design
    Challenges in hydrogen fuel cell technologies and their advantages
    Fuel cell thermodynamics
    First and second laws of thermodynamics

    Chapter 8: Hydrogen utilization in transportation systems
    Hydrogen fuel cell powered engines in roads
    Light vehicles
    Taxi fleet
    Heavy vehicles
    Buses and trucks
    Hydrogen fuel cell in maritime applications
    Small-size ferries
    Application of hydrogen fuel cell in aviation
    Hydrogen fuel cell in equipment in airports
    Unmanned aircrafts

    Chapter 9: Transition to hydrogen energy
    Main barriers

Product details

  • No. of pages: 440
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2023
  • Published: January 1, 2023
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323886710

About the Author

Seyed Hosseini

Dr. Seyed Ehsan Hosseini PhD is an Asst. Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Arkansas Tech University (ATU). He established Combustion and Sustainable Energy Laboratory (ComSEL) at ATU working on several projects such as Hydrogen production and utilization, Fuel cell, Flameless combustion, small-scale combustion, Trap Vortex Combustion (TVC) and application of Phase Change Material (PCM) in the refrigeration and electronic systems. Before joining Arkansas Tech University, Dr. Hosseini was a postdoctoral researcher fellow in Combustion and Solar Energy Laboratory with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at San Diego State University

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, USA

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