High Temperature Fuel Cell System

Case ID:
UA18-214
Invention:

This invention contains three main separate components that are combined to create a novel, more efficient and less costly high temperature PEM fuel cell. The invention is comprised of a polymer membrane, an electrochemical hydrogen compressor, a bi-metal plate and cooling systems. Individually, each compound is novel and has advanced capabilities. Together they form an innovative and more efficient fuel cell.

 

Background:
Fuel cells are quickly gaining recognition as the next fuel source for automobiles and public transit systems and are currently being researched for uses in aircraft applications. These applications have been chosen because fuel cells are capable of greatly reducing the greenhouse gases emitted during energy production and because automobile manufacturers believe that fuel cells have the potential to decrease the range limitations of battery only cars and are quicker to fuel than charging a battery.

 

Applications:

  • Hydrogen fuel cells 


Advantages:

  • Affordable
  • Tolerant to shock and vibration
  • Allows for long term operation
  • High temperature durability
  • Avoids current limitations due to rehydration of PEM
  • More efficient
  • Allows for compact hydrogen gas storage
  • Greater corrosion resistance
  • Allows for active cooling within the system
Patent Information:
Contact For More Information:
Brett Mortenson
Licensing Manager, College of Engineering
The University of Arizona
BrettM@tla.arizona.edu
Lead Inventor(s):
Dominic Gervasio
Peiwen Li
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