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EPSRC Reference: GR/K58760/01
Title: THE DIRECT METHANOL FUEL CELL - A PROPOSAL FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PROTOTYPE STACK
Principal Investigator: Scott, Professor K
Other Investigators:
Jack, Professor A Hamnett, Professor A Christensen, Professor P
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Department: School of Chemistry
Organisation: Newcastle University
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 09 October 1995 Ends: 08 October 1998 Value (£): 208,737
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Fuel Cell Technologies
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors Energy
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Recent work in Newcastle and elsewhere has led to significant improvements in the anode performance of the DMFC. As a result small single cell units have been constructed with energy densities of c.0.2 Wcm-2 for oxygen and greater than 0.1 Wcm-2 for air cathodes. This performance is sufficient to envisage the construction of practical prototypes of DMFC's in order to explore the difficulties inherent in scaling up this technology. A liquid-feed system has been chosen to control thermal effects, and close collaboration is envisaged between chemists, electrochemical engineers and electrical engineers in the testing, modelling and evaluation of a small prototype. From the experience of operating this, a larger practical unit is planned.
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