Recent developments in borohydride fuel cell cells

Ponce de Leon, Carlos, Walsh, Frank C., Bessette, Russell R, Patrissi, Charles J., Medeiros, Maria G., Rose, Abigail, Browning, Darren, Lakeman, John B and Reeve, Robert W. (2009) Recent developments in borohydride fuel cell cells ECS Transactions, 15, (1), pp. 25-49. (doi:10.1149/1.3046618).


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Developments in direct borohydride fuel cells (DBFC) are considered together with electrolyte stability and the choice of membrane and electrode materials. The cyclic voltammetry of borohydride oxidation was studied at three electrodes: a) gold on carbon, Au/C, b) gold on titanate nanotubes, Au/TiN and (c) gold foil. Similar currents were observed from the three electrodes. A DBFC in a single, 2- and 4-bipolar cell configuration with Au/C anode and Pt/C cathode produced 2.2, 3.2 and 9.6 W showed cell voltages of 1.06, 0.81 and 3 V, respectively. In another single cell, the reduction of peroxide on a Pd/Ir coated microfibrous carbon cathode was catalytically more active than a platinised-carbon one. The maximum power density achieved was 78 mW cm-2 at a cell voltage of 1.09 V. The need for further research is highlighted, particularly into new electrocatalyst materials

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1149/1.3046618
Additional Information: 23rd Meeting of The Mexican Electrochemical Society and 1st Meeting of the Mexican Section of the Electrochemical Society, 06 Jun 2008, Ensenada, Mexico
ISSNs: 1938-5862 (print)
Organisations: Engineering Mats & Surface Engineerg Gp
ePrint ID: 63402
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Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2009
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 17:25
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