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High-efficiency microscale power using a fuel processor and fuel cell
Author(s): Jamie Holladay; Evan O. Jones; Max Phelps; Jianli Hu
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Paper Abstract

A microscale power device, composed of a fuel processor and a fuel cell, is described, and results of testing conducted with the fuel reformer are presented. The microscale fuel reformer strips hydrogen from a hydrocarbon fuel, such as methanol, and the hydrogen-rich stream can then be fed to a fuel cell to generate electrical power. In the tests discussed here, the fuel reformer, utilizing methanol, was able to provide up to 100 mWe of hydrogen at an efficiency of up to 4.8%. The device was able to operate independent of any additional external heating, even during start-up.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 October 2001
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4559, MEMS Components and Applications for Industry, Automobiles, Aerospace, and Communication, (1 October 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.443030
Show Author Affiliations
Jamie Holladay, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
Evan O. Jones, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
Max Phelps, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)
Jianli Hu, Pacific Northwest National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4559:
MEMS Components and Applications for Industry, Automobiles, Aerospace, and Communication
Henry Helvajian; Siegfried W. Janson; Franz Laermer, Editor(s)

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