Fuel Cell Engineering
Hydrogen and fuel cell research includes novel technologies for the production and purification of fuels, such as hydrogen and syngas, as well as evaluation of fuel cell performance under various operating conditions. We are leading the development for the production of hydrogen using the copper-chlorine thermochemical cycle.
The group evaluates processes through systems analysis, designs the key components with models, and then validates the models through the fabrication and testing of the components. Examples of such studies include the demonstration of fuel processors at the micro-reactor and breadboard levels, and the design, fabrication, and testing of thermally integrated units.
The Department of Energy's fuel cell buses demonstrated the importance of the fuel processor --
the pathway for the hydrogen for fuel cells. Argonne was part of the technical steering committee
overseeing the development of these buses.
The group’s projects are closely coupled to other fuel cell R&D within the Catalysis and Energy Conversion research theme.These projects include:
System models for various fuel cell components and systems.
Study of hydrogen production pathways to track quality and cost of the product hydrogen.
Development of models to conduct economic analysis of biogas clean-up in stationary fuel cells systems.
- Analysis of fuel cell based combined heat and power (CHP) systems.
- Fuel Quality Issues for Stationary Fuel Cell Systems
- Fuel Processors for Producing Hydrogen from Natural Gas or Gasoline
- Hydrogen-Rich Fuels for Fuel Cells
- Production of Hydrogen using Copper-Chlorine Cycle