An investigation on the performance optimization of an alkaline fuel cell

Ergul M., Turker L., Eroglu I.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HYDROGEN ENERGY, vol.22, pp.1039-1045, 1997 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/s0360-3199(96)00244-3
  • Page Numbers: pp.1039-1045


A fuel cell test module was designed and constructed to determine the performance of an alkaline fuel cell. The sim was to optimize its performance by changing some of its parameters and to integrate it with a hydrogen photobioreactor in future. The fuel cell was a single cell, hydrogen-oxygen, aqueous electrolyte type. The performance characteristics of the cell have been investigated. The electrodes were multilayer Teflon bonded gas diffusion type and were prepared by the rolling method. Active carbon or carbon black was used as support material whereas platinum as catalyst and nickel screen as backing material. The components of the electrodes were adjusted until optimum performance of the fuel cell was obtained. The electrodes prepared were 0.5 mm thick having 5 cm(2) area with different platinum loading.