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Title: Analysis of a 50 kWe indirect methanol proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) system for transportation application
Authors: Virji, M.B.V.
Thring, R.H.
Keywords: Proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC)
PEMFC system
Fuel cells
Solid polymer fuel cell (SPFC)
SPFC system
Hydrogen
Methanol fuel processor
Hybrid vehicle system
Electrical system efficiency
Issue Date: 2005
Publisher: © IMechE / Professional Engineering Publishing
Citation: VIRJI, M.B.V. and THRING, R.H., 2005. Analysis of a 50 kWe indirect methanol proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) system for transportation application. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering, 219(8), pp. 937-950.
Abstract: Steady state and dynamic models of proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) or solid polymer fuel cell (SPFC) systems have been developed for transport and stationary applications. This paper reports the results of a steady state analysis of a methanol-fuelled PEMFC vehicle with a maximum (electrical) power output of 50 kW. The model incorporates a methanol steam reformer, gas clean-up unit, fuel cell stack, compressor, expander, battery pack, and heat exchangers as well as electrical power handling, motor, gearbox, and final drive. Results are given for the reformer as a function of steam–carbon ratio and reformer temperature. A degree of optimization of the system was conducted by (a) the addition of preheat to the reformer and burner reactants and (b) the addition of condensers for the fuel cell exhaust gases. The effect of operating pressure was also investigated. It was concluded that only by proper thermal integration could the target electrical system efficiency of better than 45 per cent at rated power be achieved.
Description: This article has been published in the journal, Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part D: Journal of Automobile Engineering [© PEP]. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1243/095440705X34694
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1243/095440705X34694
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/4495
ISSN: 0954-4070
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