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Energies 2012, 5(7), 2404-2423;

Reactivation System for Proton-Exchange Membrane Fuel-Cells

Departament d’Enginyeria Electrònica, Elèctrica i Automàtica, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Avda.Països Catalans 26, Campus Sescelades, Tarragona 43007, Spain
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of Maribor, Smetanova ul. 17, 2000, Maribor, Slovenia
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Received: 28 March 2012 / Revised: 27 June 2012 / Accepted: 9 July 2012 / Published: 13 July 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Hydrogen Energy and Fuel Cells)
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In recent years, Proton-Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (PEMFCs) have been the focus of very intensive researches. Manufacturers of these alternative power sources propose a rejuvenation sequence after the FC has been operating at high power for a certain period of time. These rejuvenation methods could be not appropriate for the reactivation of the FC when it has been out of operation for a long period of time or after it has been repaired. Since the developed reactivation system monitors temperature, current, and the cell voltages of the stack, it could be also useful for the diagnostic and repairing processes. The limited number of published contributions suggests that systems developing reactivation techniques are an open research field. In this paper, an automated system for reactivating PEMFCs and results of experimental testing are presented. View Full-Text
Keywords: reactivation system; PEM fuel cell; automated system reactivation system; PEM fuel cell; automated system

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Restrepo, C.; Avino, O.; Calvente, J.; Romero, A.; Milanovic, M.; Giral, R. Reactivation System for Proton-Exchange Membrane Fuel-Cells. Energies 2012, 5, 2404-2423.

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