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Rapid prototyping of electrolyzer flow field plates

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Abstract

Electrolyzers use electricity to convert water into hydrogen fuels that can be stored for prolonged time periods. The large-scale deployment of electrolyzers for energy storage is hampered by catalyst efficiencies as well as high capital costs. Herein we report a rapid prototyping methodology to accelerate the development of complex flow plate architectures as a means of lowering electrolyzer capital costs. This process involves the electroplating of nickel onto 3D-printed plastic flow cells, which enable the rapid production of experimental flow plates with different flow channel geometries. The test cells containing these metal-coated plastic components matched the performance of conventional metal electrodes. The ability to electroplate 3D-printed parts offers the opportunity to rapidly prototype flow-field geometries to more rapidly evaluate fluid and gas flow through the electrolyzer.

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The article was received on 11 Jul 2016, accepted on 13 Sep 2016 and first published on 03 Oct 2016


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C6EE01997H
Citation: Energy Environ. Sci., 2016,9, 3417-3423
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    Rapid prototyping of electrolyzer flow field plates

    J. R. Hudkins, D. G. Wheeler, B. Peña and C. P. Berlinguette, Energy Environ. Sci., 2016, 9, 3417
    DOI: 10.1039/C6EE01997H

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