Electrochemical characteristics of a PEMFC stack under different temperatures and humidity levels

Keng Pin Huang, Chen Yu Chen, Wei Hsiang Lai

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Abstract

In the study, a self-made kW-class 40-cell fuel cell stack with an active area of 112.85 cm2 was tested. The tests of the membrane resistance, charge transfer resistance, and the mass transfer resistance at different stack temperatures and gas humidity levels were performed. The results of the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy tests show that the temperature difference between the stack temperature and the dew point temperature has a significant effect. The fuel cell stack has a better performance when the dew point temperature is lower than the stack temperature. Even at low temperatures, it is recommended to maintain the stack temperature higher than the dew point to obtain a better performance of water management. It is concluded that the best temperature difference is between 5 ° C to 10 ° C. Moreover, the gas diffusion is the major promoting to the mass transfer resistance. Therefore, the suitable temperature difference is favorable for the gas diffusion and gas concentration in the gas diffusion layer.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication20th World Hydrogen Energy Conference, WHEC 2014
PublisherCommittee of WHEC2014
Pages1229-1234
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780000000002
StatePublished - 2014
Event20th World Hydrogen Energy Conference, WHEC 2014 - Gwangju, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 15 Jun 201420 Jun 2014

Publication series

Name20th World Hydrogen Energy Conference, WHEC 2014
Volume2

Conference

Conference20th World Hydrogen Energy Conference, WHEC 2014
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of
CityGwangju
Period15/06/1420/06/14

Keywords

  • Charge transfer resistance
  • Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy
  • Mass transfer resistance
  • Temperature distribution
  • Water management

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