Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

Hydrogen and Fuel Cells

Emerging Technologies and Applications

3rd Edition - February 10, 2018

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  • Authors: Bent Sorensen (Sorensen), Giuseppe Spazzafumo
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081007136
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081007082

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In a multidisciplinary field such as energy, Hydrogen and Fuel Cells stands out by covering the entire width of hydrogen production and usage technologies, giving detailed descriptions of not just one but the range of very different fuel cells that have been developed or are under development. In one volume, respected experts Bent Sorensen and Giuseppe Spazzafumo provide all the basic scientific theory underlying hydrogen and fuel cell technologies, but at the same time present applications and sustainable integration into society in a way accessible to a broad range of people working in this field, whether in technical, economic or management roles. The third edition reflects both recently emerged technologies and the market penetration of the most promising technologies, and it gives an appraisal of how far fuel cell technology may go in the future, considering current challenges and economic trends. This new edition has updated and expanded content on hydrogen storage and transmission, molten carbonate fuel cells, PEM fuel cells, solid oxide fuel cells, biofuel cells, including microbial fuel cells, applications in transportation and power plants, future scenarios and life-cycle assessment. It is ideal for researchers and professionals in the field of energy, and renewable energy in particular, both in academia and industry. It is also useful to lecturers and graduate students in engineering, physics, and environmental sciences, as well as professionals involved in energy or environmental regulation and policy.

Key Features

  • Gain thorough understanding of the science and applications of hydrogen and a range of different fuel cells, including economic and social aspects of the field
  • Updated sections include hydrogen storage and transportation, biofuel cells, PEM and solid oxide fuel cells, applications in transportation and large scale power generation, and life-cycle assessment


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

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction

    2. Hydrogen

    2.1 Production of hydrogen

    2.3 Hydrogen conversion overview

    2.4 Hydrogen storage options

    2.5 Hydrogen transmission

    2.6 Problems and discussion topics

    3. Fuel cells

    3.1 Basic concepts

    3.2 Molten carbonate cells

    3.3 Solid oxide cells

    3.4 Acid and alkaline cells

    3.5 Proton exchange membrane cells

    3.6 Direct methanol and other non-hydrogen cells

    3.7 Biofuel cells

    3.8 Problems and discussion topics

    4. Systems

    4.1 Passenger cars

    4.2 Bus, lorry

    4.3 Ships, trains and airplanes

    4.4 Power plants including stand-alone systems

    4.5 Building-integrated systems

    4.6 Portable and other small-scale systems

    4.7 Problems and discussion topics

    5. Implementation scenarios

    5.1 Infrastructure requirements

    5.2 Safety and norm issues

    5.3 Scenario based on fossil energy

    5.4 Scenario based on nuclear energy

    5.5 Scenarios based on renewable energy

    5.6 Problems and discussion topics

    6. Social implications

    6.1 Cost expectations

    6.2 Life-cycle analysis of environmental and social impacts

    6.3 Uncertainties

    6.4 Problems and discussion topics

    7. Conclusion: a conditional outcome

    7.1 Opportunities

    7.2 Obstacles

    7.3 The way forward

    7.4 How much time do we have?

    7.5 The end, and a beginning

Product details

  • No. of pages: 522
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: February 10, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081007136
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081007082

About the Authors

Bent Sorensen (Sorensen)

Bent Sorensen (Sorensen)
Professor Emeritus at the Department of People and Technology, and a professor of physics at the Institute of Mathematics and Physics, both at Roskilde University, Denmark. He is also an independent consultant at Novator Advanced Technology Consulting. Bent Sørensen’s research is cross-disciplinary and has resulted in nearly a thousand scientific articles and some 40 books, including foundation work in economic theory (the scenario method, life-cycle analysis) and in energy research (renewable energy resources, technology and applications).

Dr. Sørensen is one of the world’s leading specialists in renewable energy. He has five decades of experience in researching the field, and has published hundreds of monographs, articles in scientific journals, technical reports, and conference contributions. He has received several awards and has been knighted by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe of Denmark.

He has worked at universities in Japan, France, Denmark, Australia and the United States (Berkeley and Yale), has been a consultant to governments and international organizations, a lead author in the IPCC climate assessment recipient of several international prizes and honors.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University, Denmark; Independent Consultant, NOVATOR Advanced Technology Consulting, Denmark

Giuseppe Spazzafumo

Giuseppe Spazzafumo
Giuseppe Spazzafumo is an associate professor at the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Cassino, Italy. He obtained a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD degree in Energy Systems at the University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy. His main research field is Hydrogen Energy Systems. He coauthored with Prof. Bent E. Sørensen in the third edition of Hydrogen and Fuel Cells. He is a member of the IAHE (International Association for Hydrogen Energy) Board of Directors since 1999 and President of the IAHE Hydrogen Energy Systems Division. He coordinates the HYPOTHESIS (HYdrogen POwer THeoretical and Engineering Solution International Symposium) series

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Cassino, Italy

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