Energy and exergy analysis of fuel cells: A review

Adeel Arshad*, Hafiz Muhammad Ali, Arslan Habib, Muhammad Anser Bashir, Mark Jabbal, Yuying Yan

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In this paper, the fundamental overview of theoretical and practical aspects of thermodynamics analysis for mainly used fuel cells (FCs) are presented. The FC converts the chemical energy of fuel (normally hydrogen) directly into electrical energy resulting heat and liquid water as a waste products. In first part, governing equation of mass, energy, entropy and exergy are presented according to first law of thermodynamics (FLT) and second law of thermodynamics (SLT), more specifically energy and exergy analysis are covered for fuel cell system. Basic criteria of energy and exergy analysis of flowing and non-flowing system, energy and exergy efficiencies, analysis procedure and models of reference environment are discussed in detail. In the second part, electrochemical reactions and thermodynamics modeling of proton exchange membrane or polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC), solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC), and molten carbonate fuel cell (MCFC) are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)308-321
Number of pages14
JournalThermal Science and Engineering Progress
Early online date27 Dec 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes


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