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Final Report - IGDL/GFC (Interaction between the gas diffusionLayer and the gas flow channel of polymer electrolyte fuel cell)

Project ID: 235386
Funded under: FP7-PEOPLE


This is the final report for 'Interaction between the gas diffusion layer and the gas flow channel of polymer electrolyte fuel cell (IGDL/GFC). This project was an opportunity to acquire competences on fuel cell electrochemistry and stack design in a leading European research centre on fuel cell involved in the Joint Initiative Technology 'Fuel cells and hydrogen' started in 2008.

Fuel cells are electrochemical devices that directly convert the chemical energy of hydrogen and oxygen into electricity by producing pure water and discharging only some heat. Due to the use of an electrochemical reaction the conversion efficiency is very high if compared with the conventional generators based on thermal cycles. Inside the different classes of fuel cells, the polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC) is the most promising.

The project placed their attention on the water transport inside the PEFC. In fact, due to the low temperature operation and to the production of water inside the cell, the cell system can be flooded if water is not correctly removed and on the other hand, a correct level of humidity inside the cell is fundamental for the polymer electrolyte that needs a good hydration.

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