Fuel Cell Systems Explained

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9780471490265: Fuel Cell Systems Explained

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.
Features include:
* 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.

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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.

Review:

"...readable and easily comprehensible, and is a useful addition to a fuel cell library." (Hydrogen Fuel Cell Letter, 2000)

"...will be successful in providing a wealth of valuable information in a format that will lead newcomers to the subject to a good understanding of fuel cells and fuel cell systems." (Journal of Power Sources, 2000)

"...can be recommended for all seeking a working background of this ongoing technology." (Measurement and Control, October 2000)

"...fulfills its title splendidly." (IEE Review, November 2000)

"Its practical approach must commend it strongly" (Aslib Book Guide, October 2000)

"I think this is an excellent book which every applied thermodynamicist should read." (Journal of Power Energy, Vol 215, 2001)

"....essential guide to the principles, designs and application of fuel cell systems." (European Power Electronics & Drives Journal, September 2001)

"...focused primarily towards those individuals who would like to quickly learn about fuel cells, and perhaps be able to contribute this evolving technology." (IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, Vol. 18, No. 2, March/April 2002)

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