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Effect of Bipolar Plate Material on Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell Performance

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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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Institute of Engineering and Energy Technologies, University of the West of Scotland, Glasgow G72 0LH, UK
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School of Engineering, Telford Innovation Campus, University of Wolverhampton, Telford TF2 9NT, UK
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Department of Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering, University of Sharjah, Sharjah P.O. Box 27272, United Arab Emirates
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Academic Editor: Attilio Converti
Energies 2022, 15(5), 1886; https://doi.org/10.3390/en15051886
Received: 24 January 2022 / Revised: 9 February 2022 / Accepted: 28 February 2022 / Published: 3 March 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Frontiers in Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell)
Commercialization of proton exchange membrane fuel cells can only materials provided its performance is closely related to existing technologies useful in commercial application. Other critical parameters like the utilization of cheaper materials should be taken into account during the manufacturing of the cell. A key component in the cell that has direct correlation to the cell performance is the flow plate. The weight coupled with cost of the cell revolves around the flow plate used in the manufacturing of the cell. This study explores materials ideal for the manufacturing of fuel cells in order to improve the overall cell performance. The investigation highlights the critical impact of varying materials used in the manufacturing of flow plates for PEM fuel cells. Stainless steel (SS), aluminium (Al) and copper (Cu) were the materials considered. The flow plate designs considered were serpentine and open pore cellular foam channel. Machine learning using python for the validation of the results with Linear regression, Ridge regression and Polynomial regression algorithm was carried out. The performance of both flow field channels was compared using different bipolar plate materials. The results show that metal foam flow channels overall performance was better than serpentine flow channels with all the various bipolar plate material used and Al material outperformed Cu and SS material. There is a direct correlation in terms of the outcome of the study and literature based on the data generated experimentally. It can however be concluded that molecules of hydrogen are stable on aluminium plates compared to copper and stainless steel. View Full-Text
Keywords: bipolar plate material; fuel consumption; machine learning; fuel cell bipolar plate material; fuel consumption; machine learning; fuel cell
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Wilberforce, T.; Ijaodola, O.; Baroutaji, A.; Ogungbemi, E.; Olabi, A.G. Effect of Bipolar Plate Material on Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell Performance. Energies 2022, 15, 1886. https://doi.org/10.3390/en15051886

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Wilberforce T, Ijaodola O, Baroutaji A, Ogungbemi E, Olabi AG. Effect of Bipolar Plate Material on Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell Performance. Energies. 2022; 15(5):1886. https://doi.org/10.3390/en15051886

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Wilberforce, Tabbi, Oluwatosin Ijaodola, Ahmad Baroutaji, Emmanuel Ogungbemi, and Abdul Ghani Olabi. 2022. "Effect of Bipolar Plate Material on Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell Performance" Energies 15, no. 5: 1886. https://doi.org/10.3390/en15051886

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