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FUEL CELLS

There are many types of Fuel Cells, but most follow the basic principle of creating an electrochemical cell that has a continuous fuel source supplied. Unlike a battery where the fuel is inbuilt and finite, the chemical energy, hydrogen for example, and oxidising agent then create a continuous chemical reaction. The flow of positively charged hydrogen ions flow from the anode to the cathode through the electrolyte and a second direct current circuit flows from the anode to the cathode creating a circuit. A second reaction at the cathode creates water and other possible bi-products. Many types of fuel cell exist using a wide range of fuels. SOFC (Solid Oxide Fuel Cells) run at high temperature with a ceramic electrolyte - typically 800°C to 1,100°C - and can operate continually at these temperatures in a highly efficient manner once they reach temperature. High temperature fuel cells tend to have a greater working efficiency and be used in more commercial applications generating kW to mW capacity. The electrical requirements at elevated temperatures require technical ceramics and many are used in a range of roles including electrical insulation, thermal shielding, feedthrough, thermal conductors, thermal insulators and chemical resistance.
Precision Ceramics Europe Limited - Registered in Ireland Company Number: 676184 © MMXXI - Precision Ceramics Europe Limited - All Rights Reserved | Sitemap
Precision Ceramics Europe Limited Unit 31 Eurobase Park, IDA Industrial Estate Cork Road, Waterford, X91 EH5N Ireland Tel: +353 51 550 480 Email: info@precision-ceramics.eu

FUEL CELLS

There are many types of Fuel Cells, but most follow the basic principle of creating an electrochemical cell that has a continuous fuel source supplied. Unlike a battery where the fuel is inbuilt and finite, the chemical energy, hydrogen for example, and oxidising agent then create a continuous chemical reaction. The flow of positively charged hydrogen ions flow from the anode to the cathode through the electrolyte and a second direct current circuit flows from the anode to the cathode creating a circuit. A second reaction at the cathode creates water and other possible bi- products. Many types of fuel cell exist using a wide range of fuels. SOFC (Solid Oxide Fuel Cells) run at high temperature with a ceramic electrolyte - typically 800°C to 1,100°C - and can operate continually at these temperatures in a highly efficient manner once they reach temperature. High temperature fuel cells tend to have a greater working efficiency and be used in more commercial applications generating kW to mW capacity. The electrical requirements at elevated temperatures require technical ceramics and many are used in a range of roles including electrical insulation, thermal shielding, feedthrough, thermal conductors, thermal insulators and chemical resistance.