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Special Issue "Exploration of Electrochemical Processes in Fuel Cells"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2020.
2. Institute for Building Energetics, Thermotechnology and Energy Storage, University of Stuttgart, Pfaffenwaldring 31, D-70569 Stuttgart, Germany
Interests: polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) and solid oxide fuel crells (SOFC); reaction and transport mechanisms; local degradation phenomena; performance and durability limitations; reduction of critical materials, in particular PGM loading; accelerated stress tests
Fuel cells are acknowledged as an essential part of the necessary transition of the future energy system. They contribute, in particular, to emission reduction in many parts of the world, helping to fulfil international commitments to climate protection. Fuel cell development has reached an advanced maturity stage, as demonstrated by the first series cars from Asian manufacturers and the successful market penetration of residential fuel cell systems in Japan. However, essential processes in fuel cells are still not understood well enough for rational development: Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) for transport application require a further reduction of PGM content, which leads to additional issues that limit performance and durability. These issues are still not well understood and need to be elucidated in detail, taking into account state-of-the-art materials as well as novel cell materials. In solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), cost reduction is pursued by developing new operation regimes (lower temperatures, less poisoning or deposition effects) with novel materials for electrodes, electrolytes, and bipolar plates, e.g., ultra-thin electrolyte layers or proton-conducting materials. The mechanisms of the reactions and transport processes have not been clarified for many systems. Moreover, the durability of fuel cells can be substantially increased by applying an appropriate operation strategy that mitigates critical events and undesired operation conditions which are also of great relevance to the fuel cell community. In this respect, multiscale multiphysics models for the description of dynamics processes in functional layers, cells, and stacks with high spatial resolution and with prediction capability are gaining importance.
Accordingly, this Special Issue “Exploration of Electrochemical Processes in Fuel Cells” welcomes contributions by experimental as well as by modeling works elucidating essential processes of solid-state fuel cells at the cell component up to stack level, including derived control strategies and accelerated stress tests.
Prof. Dr. K. Andreas Friedrich
Dr. Pawel Gazdzicki
Dr. Rémi Costa
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- Performance and durability limitations in cells and stacks (PEMFC, SOFC)
- Reduction or elimination of critical materials in fuel cells
- Transport and reaction mechanisms
- Reversible and irreversible degradation
- Control strategy
- Accelerated stress testing
- Challenges in AEMFC and HT-PEMFC