Dissemination of IT for the Promotion of Materials Science (DoITPoMS)



On completion of this TLP, the student should gain an understanding of the following topics of discussion:

  • The principle behind fuel cells and what constitutes a fuel cell.
  • A brief history of the technology.
  • Function and specifics of four main types of fuel cell:
    • Solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC)
    • Molten carbonate fuel cell (MCFC)
    • Proton exchange membrane/ polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC)
    • Direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC)
  • The advantages, problems and applications associated with each of the different electrolytes commonly used in fuel cells, including discussion of the factors influencing their suitability.
  • The electrochemical explanation of the fuel cell processes.
  • The requirements of fuelling a fuel cell system including “balance of plant” considerations, reforming and ways of storing the fuel.
  • Building a simple fuel cell.