Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS


The centrifugal metal-air fuel cell is a new concept in vehicle power sources, offering many advantages over conventional non-rotating fuel cells. As a compact electrochemical power unit with 3-dimensional porous electrodes, the spinning metal-air device promises high energy density and specific power. Using powdered metal as fuel and atmospheric air as oxidant, this low-temperature 'engine' is clean, efficient and safe, having a gross energy conversion estimated at over 80%. This paper provides motivation for the development of a prototype centrifugal metal-air fuel cell, describing its conceptual design, expected performance and its prospects as a power source for tommorows automobile.

Additional information

Authors: WORTH B, ISIS, JRC-Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: ImechE Autotech 99 Conference, Birmingham (GB), 9-11th November (1999)
Availability: Available free of charge from Public Relations and Publications Unit, Ispra (IT)
Follow us on: RSS Facebook Twitter YouTube Managed by the EU Publications Office Top