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Electrochemistry, Energy and fuels
Fuel Cells offer a realistic, sustainable and clean alternative energy option for stationary and mobile applications. Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies are recognised by many as possible long term energy solutions, but to-date have failed to make an impact on the energy market. This is due to a number of key reasons, some of which include, efficiency, scale, accessories and power output. Applying fuel cells to small telecommunication components requires the applications of Micro and Nanotechnology, which have yet to be perfected to make them long lasting and cost effective. This paper outlines the reasons for commercialisation of fuel cells and supports the argument that utilising hydrogen technology should be done in an environmentally friendly manner from the offset to prevent further damage to the environment. In particular, the paper focuses on the research, design and development of a Single Alkaline Fuel Cell Test Bed and outlines the AFC's capabilities and limitations for satisfying such energy needs. Keywords: Alkaline Fuel Cell, Engineering, Construction, Test Bed System
Blackledge, J., Brunton, J., Coyle, E., Kennedy, D., Schmidt-Walter, H., Kohnke, H., Sauer, G., Schudt, S., Hamilton, J.: Engineering of a Single Alkaline Fuel Cell Part I: Construction of a Test Bed. i-manager's Journal on Electrical Engineering, vol: 2, issue: 3, pages: 8-17, 2009.