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Reference Number GR/S69344/01
Title A Mixed Fuel and Air Fuel Cell
Status Completed
Energy Categories Hydrogen and Fuel Cells(Fuel Cells) 100%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Chemical Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Professor K Scott
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School of Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials
Newcastle University
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 January 2005
End Date 30 September 2007
Duration 33 months
Total Grant Value £190,363
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region North East
Programme Materials, Mechanical and Medical Eng
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor K Scott , School of Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials, Newcastle University (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Professor S Roy , School of Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials, Newcastle University (0.001%)
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Abstract Preliminary work at Newcastle, has demonstrated the feasibility of a mixed reactant methanol/air fuel cell under unoptimised conditions with unoptimised Ru based catalysts. Thus it is proposed to research in detail this class of electrocatalysts in order to research the engineering requirements of a single feed mixed reactant fuel cell using methanol. The attraction of single feed fuel cell is in the much simpler cell and cell stack design, e.g. bipolar plates are not required, and thus reducedOhmic potential losses and greatly reduced costs in cell production, installation and maintenance. For example the cell will exhibit a greater tolerance to damage of the membrane, e.g. pin-hole. Furthermore, the electrolyte can be relatively thin as it is no longer required to offer a substantial barrier to fuel crossover. Thus the aim of this proposal is to research oxygen selective cathodes in fuel cells with mixed organic fuels and oxidant (air).The research will be based around two conceptsfor the supply of fuel; as a vapour or as a liquid. The research will focus on the use of two fuels, methanol and DME. For the vapour fed cell the MEA can be separated by a thin mesh or porous structure of, for example, foam, stainless steel or titanium (with a thin platinum coating on the outer contacting layer)
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Added to Database 01/01/07