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Electrochemistry, Energy and fuels
Research into renewable energy sources has previously lacked sufficient investment. However, emphasis has now shifted and funding is being made available in a proactive manner by various governments eager to encourage renewable energy technology and reduce carbon taxes. 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. For example, 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 focuses on the design, engineering and development of a new Alkaline Fuel Cell outlining its capabilities and limitations for satisfying future energy needs in terms of its long term operation in air.
Blackledge, J., Coyle, E., Kennedy, D., Schmidt-Walter, H., Kohnke, H., Sauer, G., Schudt, S., Hamilton, J., Brunton, J.: Engineering of a Single Alkaline Fuel Cell Part II: Long Term Operation in Air. i-manager Journal of Electrical Engineering, vol: 2, issue: 4, pages: 33-42, 2009.