The operation of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell using hydrogen produced from the combined methanol reforming process

Sang Sun Park, Yukwon Jeon, Jong Man Park, Hyeseon Kim, Sung Won Choi, Hasuck Kim, Yong Gun Shul

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A combined system with PEMFC and reformer is introduced and optimized for the real use of this kind of system in the future. The hydrogen source to operate the PEMFC system is methanol, which needs two parts of methanol reforming reaction and preferential oxidation (PROX) for the hydrogen fuel process in the combined operation PEMFC system. With the optimized methanol steam reforming condition, we tested PROX reactions in various operation temperature from 170 to 270oC to investigate CO concentration data in the reformed gases. Using these different CO concentration, PEMFC performances are achieved at the combined system. Pt/C and Ru promoted Pt/C were catalysts were used for the anode to compare the stability in CO contained gases. The alloy catalyst of PtRu/C shows higher performance and better resistance to CO than the Pt/C at even high CO amount of 200 ppm, indicating a promotion not only to the activity but also to the CO tolerance. Furthermore, in a system point of view, there is a fluctuation in the PEMFC operation due to the unstable fuel supply. Therefore, we also modified the methanol reforming by a scaled up reactor and pressurization to produce steady operation of PEMFC. The optimized system with the methanol reformer and PEMFC shows a stable performance for a long time, which is providing a valuable data for the PEMFC commercialization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-152
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Electrochemical Science and Technology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jun


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrochemistry

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