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Title: Determining Water Content and Distribution in PEMFCs to Predict Aging While in Storage

Proton membrane exchange fuel cells (PEMFCs) have the potential to be long term backup power sources with a startup time on the order of seconds. Water management is the key issue in being able to successfully store PEMFCs for extended periods of time. In this work custom made PEMFCs were humidified at various relative humidities (%RH) and subsequently stored for different lengths of time. The fuel cell’s water content was then imaged at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) neutron imaging facility. In conclusion, the cells’ startup performances were measured simulating quick startup conditions to define the effect of different water distributions.
Authors:
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  2. National Inst. of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, MD (United States)
  3. Ballard Power Systems, Burnaby (Canada)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-17-25967
Journal ID: ISSN 1938-6737
Grant/Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
ECS Transactions (Online)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: ECS Transactions (Online); Journal Volume: 80; Journal Issue: 8; Journal ID: ISSN 1938-6737
Publisher:
Electrochemical Society
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
25 ENERGY STORAGE; 37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
OSTI Identifier:
1415414