Electrochemical carbon corrosion occurring in a high temperature proton exchange membrane fuel cell (HT-PEMFC) operating under non-humidification conditions was investigated by measuring CO 2 generation using on-line mass spectrometry and comparing the results with a low-temperature proton exchange membrane fuel cell (LT-PEMFC) operated under fully humidified conditions. The experimental results showed that more CO 2 was measured for the HT-PEMFC, indicating that more electrochemical carbon corrosion occurs in HT-PEMFCs. This observation is attributed to the enhanced kinetics of electrochemical carbon corrosion due to the elevated operating temperature in HT-PEMFCs. Additionally, electrochemical carbon corrosion in HT-PEMFCs showed a strong dependence on water content. Therefore, it is critical to remove the water content in the supply gases to reduce electrochemical carbon corrosion.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by the New & Renewable Energy of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) grant funded by the Korea government Ministry of Knowledge Economy (No. 20093021030021 ) and the Priority Research Centers Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea ( 2009-0093823 ) and the National Research Foundation of Korea ( NRF-2009-C1AAA001-0092926 ) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology .
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
- Fuel Technology
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology