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In most engineered systems, a trend toward miniaturisation is pursued to diminish size, weight and complexity while reducing cost and improving performance. In the recent history of fuel cell design, particularly in PEM fuel cells we have witnessed a similar sort of rapid design evolution leading to improved performance. It is reasonable to expect the drive toward size reduction to continue, particularly since the ultimate cost of fuel cell devices will be related primarily to the volume and weight of raw materials. Recent advances in the understanding of microscale micromachining fabrication and thermo and electrical transport suggest tremendous enhancements in heat and mass transport and electrochemistry could be obtained by engineering fuel cells at this scale. Therefore we anticipate potential order of magnitude improvements in fuel cell performance can be achieved through concerted design efforts focussed on …
The Electrochemical Society
Publication date: 
22 Feb 2006

Giuseppe D'Arrigo, Corrado Spinella, Giuseppe Arena, Simona Lorenti

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Issue: 18 Pages: 783-783
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