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Impact of the water symmetry factor on humidification and cooling styrategies for PEM fuel cell stacks

Abstract : In this paper, experimental water and thermal balances with three proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) are proposed. On the test facility of Ecole des Mines de Paris, three De Nora SPA fuel cell stacks have been successfully studied: An 1 kW(e) prototype using Nafion((R)) 117, a 5 and a 10 kW(e) module using Nafion(R) 115. The averaged water symmetry factor determines strategies to avoid drying membrane. So, we propose analytical solutions to find compromises between humidification and cooling conditions, which determines outlet temperatures of gases. For transport applications, the space occupied by the power module must be reduced. One of the main efforts consists in decreasing the operative pressure. Thus, if adequate cooling power is applied, we show experimentally and theoretically the possibility to use De Nora PEM fuel cells with low pressure, without specific external humidification.
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David Picot, Rudolf Metkemeijer, Jean-Jacques Bézian, Luc Rouveyre. Impact of the water symmetry factor on humidification and cooling styrategies for PEM fuel cell stacks. Journal of Power Sources, Elsevier, 1998, 75 (2), p.251-260. ⟨10.1016/S0378-7753(98)00123-2⟩. ⟨hal-00545982⟩

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