Directed methanol fuel cells (DMFCs) are fabricated on printed circuit board (PCB) substrates by means of a photolithography process. The effects of channel pattern, channel width and methanol flow rate on the performance of the fabricated DMFC are evaluated over a range of flow-channel widths from 200 to 400 μm and flow rates of methanol from 2 to 80 ml min-1. A micro-DMFC with a cross-stripe channel pattern gives superior performance compared with zig-zag and serpentine type of pattern. A single cell with a 200-μm wide channel delivers a maximum power density of 33 mW cm-2 when using 2 M methanol feed at 80 °C. An air-breathing multi-DMFC composed of eight single unit cells gave 180 mW cm-2 by using a methanol reservoir. It is considered that this may be the first reported attempt to develop a multi-DMFC with micro-channels fabricated on a PCB substrate.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering