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Evaluating the Effect of Metal Bipolar Plate Coating on the Performance of Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells

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Institute of Engineering and Energy Technologies, University of the West of Scotland, Glasgow G72 0AG, UK
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Department of mechanical engineering, International University of Beirut, P.O. Box 146404, Beirut, Lebanon
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Associate Member at FCLAB, CNRS, Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté, 90010 Belfort CEDEX, France
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Department of Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering, University of Sharjah, P.O. Box 27272, Sharjah, UAE
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Mechanical Engineering and Design, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham B4 7ET, UK
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Energies 2018, 11(11), 3203; https://doi.org/10.3390/en11113203
Received: 19 October 2018 / Revised: 10 November 2018 / Accepted: 13 November 2018 / Published: 18 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue 10 Years Energies - Horizon 2028)
Environmental concerns of greenhouse gases (GHG) effect from fossil commodities and the fast increase in global energy demand have created awareness on the need to replace fossil fuels with other sources of clean energy. PEM fuel cell (PEMFC) is a promising source of energy to replace fossil fuels. The commercialization of the cell depends on its price, weight and mechanical strength. Bipolar plates are among the main components of PEMFC which perform some significant functions in the fuel cell stack. Metal bipolar plate is considered by the research community as the future material for fuel cells. However, surface coating is required for metals to enhance its corrosion resistance, hydrophilicity and interfacial contact resistance (ICR) in PEM fuel cells. Open pore cellular metal foam (OPCMF) materials have been used to replace the conventional flow field channel in recent times due to its low electrical resistance, high specific area and high porosity; however, it endures the same corrosion problem as the metallic bipolar plate. This investigation offers an overview on different types of bipolar plates and techniques in coating metallic bipolar platse and open pore metal foam as flow field channel materials to improve the corrosion resistance which will eventually increase the efficiency of the fuel cell appreciably. View Full-Text
Keywords: fuel cell; coating; interfacial contact resistance; bipolar plate; hydrophilicity fuel cell; coating; interfacial contact resistance; bipolar plate; hydrophilicity
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Ijaodola, O.; Ogungbemi, E.; Khatib, F.N.; Wilberforce, T.; Ramadan, M.; El Hassan, Z.; Thompson, J.; Olabi, A.G. Evaluating the Effect of Metal Bipolar Plate Coating on the Performance of Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells. Energies 2018, 11, 3203. https://doi.org/10.3390/en11113203

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Ijaodola O, Ogungbemi E, Khatib FN, Wilberforce T, Ramadan M, El Hassan Z, Thompson J, Olabi AG. Evaluating the Effect of Metal Bipolar Plate Coating on the Performance of Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells. Energies. 2018; 11(11):3203. https://doi.org/10.3390/en11113203

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Ijaodola, Oluwatosin, Emmanuel Ogungbemi, Fawwad N. Khatib, Tabbi Wilberforce, Mohamad Ramadan, Zaki El Hassan, James Thompson, and Abdul G. Olabi. 2018. "Evaluating the Effect of Metal Bipolar Plate Coating on the Performance of Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells" Energies 11, no. 11: 3203. https://doi.org/10.3390/en11113203

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