Fuel cells

M. Hashem Nehrir*
Caisheng Wang***    Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, USA**    Electrical & Computer Engineering Department, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, USA


In this chapter, fuel cell system fundamentals, fuel cell thermodynamics and electrochemical processes, and a comparative summary of the major types of fuel cells have been introduced first. Fuel cell modeling and equivalent circuit models are then briefly discussed. Fuel cell distributed power generation systems are presented for both grid-connected and standalone applications. A discussion on hydrogen generation and environmental impact is given, followed by the principles of operation of electrolyzers. The ...

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