Introduction to Fuel Cell Basics

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Basic principles of catalysis, thermodynamics, and reaction kinetics are very similar across the different types of fuel cells. Nevertheless, the small differences bring decisive variations in performance, function, limiting factors, sensitivity to impurity poisoning, and finally applications. This chapter explains the basic function of fuel cells, concentrating on the ceramic Solid Oxide Fuel Cell. Understanding the scientific basis of fuel cell operation helps in designing and optimising fuel cells, fuel cell stacks, and fuel cell systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Medium and High Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Technology
EditorsMarta Boaro, Antonino Salvatore Arico
Place of PublicationHeidelberg/New York
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)978-3319461455
ISBN (Print)978-3319461458
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2016

Publication series

NameCISM International Centre for Mechanical Sciences
ISSN (Print)0254-1971


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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)


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