Special Issue "Air-Cooled Fuel Cells"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Advanced Energy Materials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Francisca Segura
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Departamento de Ingeniería Electrónica, Universidad de Huelva, de Sistemas Informáticos y Automática, 21007 Huelva, Spain
Interests: hydrogen technology (production, use and storage); design of balance of plant for hydrogen-based systems; fuel cells; application of hydrogen-based systems; integration of hydrogen-based systems into microgrids
Dr. Francisco J. Vivas Fernández
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Guest Editor
Departamento de Ingeniería Electrónica, Universidad de Huelva, de Sistemas Informáticos y Automática, 21007 Huelva, Spain
Interests: hydrogen-based systems; fuel cells; application of hydrogen-based systems; integration of hydrogen-based systems into microgrids; control techniques applied to renewable energy sources-based systems (model predictive control and fuzzy logic)

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The world transition to a decarbonized energy system is underway. The Paris agreement, signed during the UN COP21, was meant to limit temperature increases of more than 1.5 degrees Celsius. This transition will radically transform how states generate, distribute, store, and consume energy. It demands virtually carbon-free power generation, increased energy efficiency, and the deep decarbonization of transport, buildings, and industry. To achieve this energy transition, hydrogen will be required on a large scale. Hydrogen fuel offers a versatile, clean, and flexible energy vector for this transition. In this sense, the fuel cell value chain can lead to the development and deployment of hydrogen solutions. In the automotive space, as well as in stationary fuel cell applications, domestic technology is readily available. Within the fuel cell technology industry, air cooled polymer electrolyte fuel cells (AC-PEFC) have received special attention due to their ability to integrate oxidant and cooling subsystems into one, which in turn allows for fuel cells with reduced weight, volume, cost, and control complexity.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to highlight the most insightful and influential investigations and theories, those that will form the foundation of the next year’s technological challenges in AC-PEFCs. We would like to include articles that show recent developments in the field of design, modeling and validation, Balance of Plant (BoP) proposals, and practical applications of AC-PEFCs.

There are no subject area restrictions for this Special Issue. Energies readers and authors are encouraged to submit their best work to be showcased. The key criteria for manuscript acceptance will be novelty. Manuscripts describing experimental results and empirical proofs are also encouraged.

Prof. Dr. Francisca Segura
Dr. Francisco J. Vivas Fernández
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • air cooled open-cathode polymer electrolyte fuel cells
  • BoP configurations
  • oxidant/cooling subsystem design
  • thermal management
  • development of new materials for MEAs, flow channels, electrodes
  • experimental studies of AC-PEFCs in low, medium, and high power
  • performance improvement of AC-PEFC
  • electrochemical impedance spectroscopy
  • electrothermal performance mapping
  • comparison between liquid cooled and air cooled PEFCs
  • AC-PEFCs applications: transport, stationary, and micro-CHP
  • AC-PEFC market and industry reviews
  • AC-PEFC challenges in the next years

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Experimental Procedures & First Results of an Innovative Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Test Rig: Parametric Analysis and Stability Test
Energies 2021, 14(8), 2038; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14082038 - 07 Apr 2021
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Solid Oxide Fuel Cells are a promising technology for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) are a promising technology For high-efficiency electrochemical conversion of a vast range of fuel gas mixtures, thigh operating temperature conditions (650–900 °C) represent a challenge both at system level [...] Read more.
Solid Oxide Fuel Cells are a promising technology for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) are a promising technology For high-efficiency electrochemical conversion of a vast range of fuel gas mixtures, thigh operating temperature conditions (650–900 °C) represent a challenge both at system level and at laboratory testing level, in terms of material properties and performance dynamics. In this work a detailed procedural analysis is presented for an innovative all-ceramic compact SOFC test rig and first experimental testing results are reported in terms of polarization curves obtained under parametric variation of operating conditions (H2 content, air ratio λ and temperature) and short-term voltage stability test under load (140 h at 0.3 A/cm2). The electrochemical characterization results confirm the validity of the used all-ceramic cell holder, showing excellent cell performances in terms of polarization. H2 content has the most impact on SOFC performance, followed by temperature and finally air ratio, whose impact in the analyzed range is hardly seen. From the short-term stability test, the test bench setup reliability is demonstrated, showing no significant performance degradation after 140 continuous hours under load, which confirms the high quality and reproducibility of the results. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Modular systems based on air-cooled fuel cells: experimental test and analysis degradation
Authors: F. Segura and J. M. Andújar
Affiliation: Departamento de Ingeniería Electrónica, Universidad de Huelva, de Sistemas Informáticos y Automática, 21007 Huelva, Spain

Title: Modelling the Hysteresis Effect on Air-Cooled Fuel Cells
Authors: A. J. Calderón and J. M. Andújar
Affiliation: Department of Electrical, Electronical and Automatic Engineering, School of Industrial Engineering. University of Extremadura, Avda de Elvas s/n ES06006 Badajoz, Spain

Title: A comparative between air cooled fuel cell vs. battery powered electric n-cycles for urban transportation: experimental test and performance optimization
Authors: Fernando Isorna and Eduardo López
Affiliation: Instituto Nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial (INTA), Área de Energía. Ctra, Huelva-Matalascañas, km. 34, 21130 Mazagón, Huelva, Spain

Title: Experimental characterization and 1-D model validation of syngas fed air cooled SOFC button cells
Authors: Andrea Monforti ENEA, Massimiliano Della Pietra ENEA, Davide Pumiglia ENEA, Stephen Mc Phail ENEA, Luca Del Zotto Ecampus, Enrico Bocci USGM
Affiliation: Applied Science and Technology Faculty, Marconi University, 00193 Rome, Italy

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