Highlighted by their utilisation in the automotive industry, fuel cells are
fast gathering pace as an important alternative to the power produced from fossil
cells. Fuel cells offer benefits in terms of efficiency and low emissions however
development is challenged by the need for better materials to make fuels financially
beneficial and more durable. Materials for fuel cells from Woodhead
Publishing reviews the developments in materials to fulfil the potential
of fuel cells as a major power source.
Introductory chapters outline the definition and uses of fuel cells as well
as providing an overview of the key issues in fuel cell materials research.
Further chapters review the major types of fuel cells including alkaline, direct
methanol and regenerative fuel cells from cell design and preparation to performance.
Crucially future trends are discussed in an area that has the potential to provide
a new generation of power solutions. Honda releasing a hydrogen fuel cell powered
vehicle offers an insight into the potential that can be unleashed if the material
challenges outlines in this book are addressed.
With its distinguished editors and international team of contributors, Materials
for fuel cells will be a valuable reference for all those researching, manufacturing
and using fuel cells.