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A practical low-cost approach to build membrane electrode assemblies using decal transfer technique

Yang, Sichang; Zhang, Xinyu; Wang, Bo; Huang, Hanzhe; Zhao, Zirui; Wang, Xinyuan; Yu, Kaili; Ahmadi, Goodarz

Authors

Sichang Yang

Xinyu Zhang

Bo Wang

Hanzhe Huang

Zirui Zhao

Xinyuan Wang

Kaili Yu

Goodarz Ahmadi



Abstract

Membrane electrode assembly (MEA) is the heart of a proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell. In this paper, a practical and low-cost approach to build membrane electrode assemblies in lab using decal transfer technique is described and verified. The procedure is based on current literatures but using different materials for convenience and cost-saving. All devices and tools used are easy to find in normal labs and all materials used are affordable and easy to obtain from market. Two Membrane electrode assemblies are built and tested using a PEM fuel cell test and control system. Two MEAs showed voltages of about 0.82V and 0.70V respectively, measured with a digital multimeter, which are lower than that of the commercial MEA. It is found that the unscratched MEA with more catalyst has a lower voltage, but can generate higher current density and much water. Some water oozed through the bipolar plates which usually is not seen in a single cell test

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Energy Procedia
Print ISSN 1876-6102
Electronic ISSN 1876-6102
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 145
APA6 Citation Yang, S., Zhang, X., Wang, B., Huang, H., Zhao, Z., Wang, X., …Ahmadi, G. (in press). A practical low-cost approach to build membrane electrode assemblies using decal transfer technique. Energy Procedia, 145, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2018.04.091
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2018.04.091
Keywords Build; membrane electrode assemblies; decal transfer technique
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2018.04.091
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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