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Determining the Limiting Current Density of Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries

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Advanced Institute of Manufacturing with High-tech Innovation and Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Chung Cheng University, No. 168, University Rd., Minhsiung Township, 62102 Chiayi, Taiwan
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Institute of Nuclear Energy Research, Atomic Energy Council, No. 1000 Wenhua Rd., Jiaan Village, Longtan Township, 32546 Taoyuan, Taiwan
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Energies 2014, 7(9), 5863-5873; https://doi.org/10.3390/en7095863
Received: 2 July 2014 / Revised: 18 August 2014 / Accepted: 27 August 2014 / Published: 5 September 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Electrochemical Energy Storage—Battery and Capacitor)
All-vanadium redox flow batteries (VRFBs) are used as energy storage systems for intermittent renewable power sources. The performance of VRFBs depends on materials of key components and operating conditions, such as current density, electrolyte flow rate and electrolyte composition. Mass transfer overpotential is affected by the electrolyte flow rate and electrolyte composition, which is related to the limiting current density. In order to investigate the effect of operating conditions on mass transport overpotential, this study established a relationship between the limiting current density and operating conditions. First, electrolyte solutions with different states of charge were prepared and used for a single cell to obtain discharging polarization curves under various operating conditions. The experimental results were then analyzed and are discussed in this paper. Finally, this paper proposes a limiting current density as a function of operating conditions. The result helps predict the effect of operating condition on the cell performance in a mathematical model. View Full-Text
Keywords: all-vanadium flow battery; state of charge (SOC); limiting current density; mass transfer all-vanadium flow battery; state of charge (SOC); limiting current density; mass transfer
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Chen, J.-Y.; Hsieh, C.-L.; Hsu, N.-Y.; Chou, Y.-S.; Chen, Y.-S. Determining the Limiting Current Density of Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries. Energies 2014, 7, 5863-5873.

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