Lightweight Fuel Cell Panel Utilizing High Temperature Ionic Polymer
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DOD / ARMY
Ionic polymers are ionically conductive organic salts with excellent thermal and chemical stability, useful for their large specific capacitances across a wide operational temperature range. In this program, MER Corporation and Arizona State University propose the fuel cell use of electroactive solid state ionic polymers that conduct protons across an even wider temperature range from subzero to < 200 degrees C. The proposed protic solid acids will be tested in a flexible, thin-sheet multi-cell fuel cell panel. This novel proposed stack design, one that breaks with the traditional state-of-the-art panel configuration, will not required gas diffusion layers, bipolar plates, end plates, bus plates or clamping nuts and bolts. These simplifications will improve the overall power density and energy density of the fuel cell system as well as adapt it to fit against irregular internal contours.
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MATERIALS & ELECTROCHEMICAL RESEARCH (MER) CORP.
7960 S. Kolb Rd. Tucson, AZ 85706
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ARIZONA STATE UNIV.
Center for App. NanoBioscience
Tempe, AZ 85287 5001
Nonprofit college or university