PEM Water Electrolysis - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128111451

PEM Water Electrolysis

1st Edition

Authors: Dmitri Bessarabov Pierre Millet
Paperback ISBN: 9780128111451
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st December 2017
Page Count: 104
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Table of Contents

1. Brief Overview of Water Electrolysis (introduction, historical background, thermodynamics)
2. Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Electrolysis (Functional principles, operating conditions, performance)
3. Anode and Cathode Electrocatalysts (OER and HER)
4. Cell components (membranes, current collectors, plates)
5. Technology Status and Challenges (Large-scale testing, efficiency, current density, durability, gas-cross over, tradeoff between performance and cross-over, testing protocols)
6. Emerging Applications and related systems (Energy storage, radioactive waste treatment, hydrogen purification, hydrogen compression, SO2 electrolysis, etc)


PEM Water Electrolysis explores the technology gaps in the development of commercially viable PEM electrolysis systems for energy applications. This volume—from the popular Hydrogen Energy and Fuel Cell Primers series—brings together information from many different sources under one single title, making it a useful reference for industry professionals, researchers, and graduate students alike.

This primer examines the fundamentals of PEM electrolysis and select research topics of interest in related academic and industry communities, such as gas cross-over and AST protocols. This lays the foundation for the exploration of current industrial trends for PEM electrolysis, such as power-to-gas application, with strong focus on current trends in the application of PEM electrolysis associated with energy storage.

These include durability aspects of PEM electrolysis systems and components, accelerated stress test protocols, manufacturing aspects of large-scale electrolyzers and components, gas crossover problems in PEM electrolyzer safety, and challenges associated with high-current density operation of PEM electrolyzers. A technology development matrix for systems and components requirements is also covered, as well as unconventional PEM water electrolysis systems, such as ozone generators.

Key Features

  • Presents the fundamentals and most current knowledge in proton exchange membrane water electrolyzers
  • Explores the technology gaps and challenges for commercial deployment of PEM water electrolysis technologies
  • Includes unconventional systems, such as ozone generators
  • Brings together information from many different sources under one single title, making it a useful reference for industry professionals, researchers and graduate students alike


Industry professionals, researchers and graduate students, especially those starting in a new topic of research or coming into the field


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About the Authors

Dmitri Bessarabov Author

Dr. Dmitri Bessarabov joined DST HySA Infrastructure Center of Competence at North-West University and CSIR in 2010. He was recruited for a position from Canada as an internationally-recognised scientist with academic and industrial decision-making experience in the area of membranes, hydrogen and electro-catalytic membrane systems for energy applications and fuel cells. He obtained his PhD from Stellenbosch University in membrane technology for gas separation. Dr Dmitri Bessarabov held positions in Aker Kvaerner Chemetics, Ballard Power Systems and the Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC). Dmitri is also National Research Foundation-rated scientist in South Africa. His expertise includes membranes, MEAs and CCMs. He was leading CCM and MEA integration research team at AFCC for HyWAY 5 automotive program. His current responsibilities at HySA include leadership in the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Programme (HySA), providing excellence in management, research and product development, HySA Infrastructure Business Plan development and implementation, supply-chain and business development, engagement of industry into development activities.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, DST National Center of Competence, HySA Infrastructure, North-West University and CSIR, South Africa

Pierre Millet Author

1986 : Diploma of electrochemical engineering at “Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Electrochimie et d’Electrométallurgie", Grenoble, France 1989 : PhD in electrochemistry from “Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble”, France; Laboratory : Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique, Centre d’Etudes Nucléaires de Grenoble, France. PhD title : Preparation and optimisation of membrane-electrode assemblies. Application to water electrolysis.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Paris-Sud University, Department of Chemistry, Institut of Molecular Chemistry and Material Science, Orsay, France