A Direct DME High Temperature PEM Fuel Cell

Anton Vassiliev, Jens Oluf Jensen, Qingfeng Li, Chao Pan, Lars Nilausen Cleemann, T. Steenberg, Niels Bjerrum

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Dimethyl ether (DME) has been identified as an alternative to methanol for use in direct fuel cells. It combines the advantages of hydrogen in terms of pumpless fuel delivery and high energy density like methanol, but without the toxicity of the latter. The performance of a direct dimethyl ether fuel cell suffers greatly from the very low DME-water miscibility. To cope with the problem polybenzimidazole (PBI) based membrane electrode assemblies (MEAs) have been made and tested in a vapor fed system. PtRu on carbon has been used as anode catalyst and air at ambient pressure was used as oxidant. A power density of 79 mW/cm² has been achieved at 200 °C.
Original languageEnglish
JournalE C S Transactions
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventPacific Rim Meeting on Electrochemical and Solid-State Science: 222nd Meeting of ECS — The Electrochemical Society and 2012 Fall Meeting of The Electrochemical Society of Japan - Hawaii Convention Center and the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, United States
Duration: 7 Oct 201212 Oct 2012


ConferencePacific Rim Meeting on Electrochemical and Solid-State Science
LocationHawaii Convention Center and the Hilton Hawaiian Village
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells 12 (PEFC 12)


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