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.