Gas diffusion media and NaCI contamination of polymer electrolyte fuel cells for marine applications

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Abstract

The application of polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs) for marine vessels will be an effective means of reducing the environmental impact and solving energy crisis problems. The diagnosis of abnormal operational conditions is an important aspect of improving the reliability and durability of marine PEFCs, and helps to ensure long-term safe and stable operation. The present work investigates the effect of abnormal variations in the relative humidity of supplied gases on the resistance values in the equivalent circuit model using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy analysis. An appropriate microporous layer coated gas diffusion layer is evaluated to enhance the cell performance under both low and high humidity conditions. The effect of sea salt (NaCI) contamination in the cathode air on the cell performance is also evaluated. Injecting distilled water after the initial detection of performance degradation due to NaCI contamination is effective at recovering the cell performance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationECS Transactions
EditorsC. Coutanceau, S. Narayan, Y.-T. Kim, Y. Gochi-Ponce, B.S. Pivovar, T.F. Fuller, R.A. Mantz, P. Shirvanian, D.J. Jones, F. Buechi, V.K. Ramani, J.M. Fenton, K.E. Swider-Lyons, T.J. Schmidt, K.E. Ayers, A.Z. Weber, P.N. Pintauro, P. Strasser, H. Xu, S. Mitsushima, H. Gasteiger, H. Uchida
PublisherElectrochemical Society Inc.
Pages271-279
Number of pages9
Edition13
ISBN (Electronic)9781607685395
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018
EventSymposium on Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers 18, PEFC and E 2018 - AiMES 2018, ECS and SMEQ Joint International Meeting - Cancun, Mexico
Duration: Sep 30 2018Oct 4 2018

Publication series

NameECS Transactions
Number13
Volume86
ISSN (Print)1938-6737
ISSN (Electronic)1938-5862

Other

OtherSymposium on Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers 18, PEFC and E 2018 - AiMES 2018, ECS and SMEQ Joint International Meeting
CountryMexico
CityCancun
Period9/30/1810/4/18

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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