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Fuel cells based on electrolyte and non-electrolyte separators

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Abstract

In the long-history of fuel cell R&D, the electrolyte is an essential part in a three-component configuration because it separates the anode and cathode to realize the fuel cell’s functions. We report here non-electrolyte separator fuel cells (NEFCs) compared with electrolyte based fuel cells (EBFCs). The NEFC consists of single- or dual-components based on mixed ionic and semi-conductors but with no electrolyte separator. A maximum power density of 680 mW cm−2 has been achieved by the NEFC at 550 °C. The NEFCs exhibit performances comparable to, and in some cases even better than, those of conventional EBFCs. The design of NEFCs, new material functionalities and device performances may contribute to new fuel cell R&D.

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The article was received on 21 Feb 2011, accepted on 18 May 2011 and first published on 29 Jun 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1EE01202A
Citation: Energy Environ. Sci., 2011,4, 2986-2992
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    Fuel cells based on electrolyte and non-electrolyte separators

    B. Zhu, R. Raza, H. Qin, Q. Liu and L. Fan, Energy Environ. Sci., 2011, 4, 2986
    DOI: 10.1039/C1EE01202A

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