Energies 2013, 6(1), 282-293; doi:10.3390/en6010282
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Long Term Performance Study of a Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Fed with Alcohol Blends

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Received: 7 November 2012; in revised form: 17 December 2012 / Accepted: 5 January 2013 / Published: 11 January 2013
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Abstract: The use of alcohol blends in direct alcohol fuel cells may be a more environmentally friendly and less toxic alternative to the use of methanol alone in direct methanol fuel cells. This paper assesses the behaviour of a direct methanol fuel cell fed with aqueous methanol, aqueous ethanol and aqueous methanol/ethanol blends in a long term experimental study followed by modelling of polarization curves. Fuel cell performance is seen to decrease as the ethanol content rises, and subsequent operation with aqueous methanol only partly reverts this loss of performance. It seems that the difference in the oxidation rate of these alcohols may not be the only factor affecting fuel cell performance.
Keywords: direct alcohol fuel cell (DAFC); mixed alcohol fuel; methanol/ethanol blends; DMFC long term experimental study
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Leo, T.J.; Raso, M.A.; Navarro, E.; Mora, E. Long Term Performance Study of a Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Fed with Alcohol Blends. Energies 2013, 6, 282-293.

AMA Style

Leo TJ, Raso MA, Navarro E, Mora E. Long Term Performance Study of a Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Fed with Alcohol Blends. Energies. 2013; 6(1):282-293.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Leo, Teresa J.; Raso, Miguel A.; Navarro, Emilio; Mora, Eleuterio. 2013. "Long Term Performance Study of a Direct Methanol Fuel Cell Fed with Alcohol Blends." Energies 6, no. 1: 282-293.


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