State of Knowledge Report: Zero Carbon Emission Micro Fuel Cell Design

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The design of a prototype direct borohydride fuel cell is proposed using the unique catalytic compatibility of a novel nanoporous gold anode catalyst to realise the maximum energy output from a 'zero-emission' fuel. None of the more expensive platinum group metal catalysts can singularly satisfy both requirements of high catalytic activity for borohydride oxidation and low activity for its competing hydrolysis. The fuel cell will be tested for fuel consumption, power density and total cost with the view to unveiling a competitive, environmentally cleaner energy carrier. A wireless sensor has been chosen as a demonstrator of the fuel cells power capabilities.

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Dr. Lorraine Nagle
Tyndall National Institute

Dr. James Rohan
Tyndall National Institute

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Author(s)Nagle, L. Rohan, J.
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Publication InformationState of Knowledge Report: Zero Carbon Emission Micro Fuel Cell Design
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Resource Keywordsnanoporous gold, borohydride, fuel cell, energy, catalyst, zero carbon emmission
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2007-ET-FS-n
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeEnvironmental Technologies
Resource Availability: Any User Can Download Files From This Resource
Limitations on the use of this ResourceConstraints on data pending publication in journals - Authors should be contacted for further details.
Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 2
Project Start Date Wednesday 10th January 2007 (10-01-2007)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Wednesday 10th January 2007 (10-01-2007)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Friday 5th January 2007 (05-01-2007)
Published on SAFERThursday 28th January 2010 (28-01-2010)
Date of Last EditThursday 28th January 2010 at 14:09:24 (28-01-2010)
Datasets or Files Updated On Thursday 28th January 2010 at 14:09:24 (28-01-2010)

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With the world?s dependence on non-sustainable carbon based fossil fuels intensifying, the race is on to develop alternative energy technologies that don?t emit huge quantities of gaseous and particulate matter pollutants into the atmosphere. Environmental concerns regarding society's energy use centered on global warming and urban air pollution that have a detrimental impact on human health forces industry to look at alternatives to fossil fuels. Fuel cells are one of the cleanest, most efficient alternative technologies for generating electricity with a more benign impact on human health since there are no combustion-produced emissions commonly produced by fossil fuels.
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Electrochemical Transactions, 2010, 'Direct Oxidation of Ammonia Borane as an Alternative Fuel at Nanoporous Au', in press.

International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2010, ?Nanoporous Gold anode catalyst for Direct Borohydride Fuel Cell?, in press

A CH instruments potentiostat is used to collect electrochemical data. A Field Emission SEM is used to characterise the nanoporous gold catalyst by capturing microscopic images.
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