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Fuel Cell Systems Explained
Synopses & Reviews
Fuel cell technology is developing at a rapid pace, thanks to the increasing awareness of the need for pollution-free power sources. Moreover, new developments in catalysts and improved reliability have made fuel cells viable candidates in a broad range of applications, from small power stations, to cars, laptop computers and mobile phones. Building on the success of the first edition Fuel Cell Systems Explainedpresents a balanced introduction to this growing area.
"In summary, an altogether satisfying book that puts within its covers the academic tools necessary for explaining fuel cell systems on a multidisciplinary basis." Power Engineering Journal
"An excellent book.well written and produced." Journal of Power and Energy
Fully revised and updated, the second edition:
Book News Annotation:
A guide to the principles, design, and applications for practitioners, researchers, and students in electrical, power, chemical, and automotive engineering who are new to fuel cell chemistry. Larminie (Oxford Brookes U., England) and Dicks, with a British technology company, discuss the working methods, behavior, limitations, features, and potential. They consider such aspects as operation and thermodynamics, solutions offered by all major types, proton-exchange membrane cells, processing fuel, storing hydrogen for both mobile and static applications, and complete systems including sub-systems.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Fuel cells are emerging as practical and versatile power sources, which can be more efficient and less environmentally damaging than rival technologies. From mobile phones and electrical vehicles to spacecraft and multi-megawatt power stations, the applications potential for fuel cells is growing rapidly. Fuel Cell Systems Explained provides a new understanding of fuel cell technology by presenting the working methods, behaviour, limitations, features and the potential of fuel cells in clear, accessible terms. Assuming no prior knowledge of fuel cell chemistry, this reference comprehensively brings together all of the key topics encompassed by this diverse field. Practitioners, researchers and students in electrical, power, chemical and automotive engineering will benefit from this essential guide to the principles, design and application of fuel cell systems. Features include:
* Foreword by Gary Acres formerly of Johnson Matthey plc, UK.
* A clear overview of fuel cell operation and thermodynamics.
* Comparative analysis of the solutions offered by all major fuel cell types.
* Up-to-date coverage of Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) cells.
* An exposition of the methods for processing fuel cell fuels, and storing hydrogen, for both mobile and static applications.
* Coverage of the complete fuel cell power system, including compressors, turbines, and the electrical and electronic sub-systems, including regulators, inverters, grid inter-ties, electric motors and hybrid fuel cell/battery systems.
Provides a clear, accessible introduction to fuel cell technology by setting out the working methods, behaviour, limitations, features and the potential of all major fuel cell types currently in commercial development. Fuel cells are emerging as the practical and versatile solution to the problem of alternative power sources and this book provides a new understanding of fuel cell technology. Assuming no prior knowledge of fuel cell chemistry, this reference comprehensively brings together all of the key topics encompassed by this diverse field.
* An overview of fuel cell technology, explaining the operation and fundamental thermodynamics of fuel cells with a clear and well illustrated account of cell construction.
* Detailed accounts of the problems faced by designers of all major fuel cell types currently in commercial development including water management, cooling, air supply, construction methods, operating pressure and reactant composition.
* Up to date coverage of Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) cells.
* Description of the main devices for moving, compressing and expanding the gases in fuel cell systems, including relevant formulas.
* Coverage of the complete fuel cell power system including compressors, turbines, fuel processors, hydrogen storage devices, inverters and motors.
* Clear treatment of the electrical and electronic sub-systems, including regulators, grid inter-ties, electric motors and hybrid fuel cell/battery systems.
An essential guide to the principles, design and application of fuel cell systems, this timely book will prove invaluable to those working and studying within this increasingly important field. Practising electrical, automotive, power and control engineers, undergraduates and graduate students in the areas of thermodynamics, electrical power systems and automotive engineering will find their knowledge and understanding of this developing area greatly enhanced by the Authors' informed and easy-to-read style.
Table of Contents
2 Efficiency and Open Circuit Voltage.
3 Operational Fuel Cell Voltages.
4 Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells.
5 Alkaline Electrolyte Fuel Cells.
6 Medium and High Temperature Fuel cells.
7 Fuelling fuel cells.
8 Compressors, Turbines, Ejectors, Fans, Blowers and Pumps.
9 Delivering Fuel Cell Power.
10 Change in Molar Gibbs Free Energy Calculations.
11 Useful Fuel Cell Equations.
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