In-situ experimental characterization of the clamping pressure effects on low temperature polymer electrolyte membrane electrolysis

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Abstract

The recent acceleration in hydrogen production’s R&D will lead the energy transition. Low temperature polymer electrolyte membrane electrolysis (LT-PEME) is one of the most promising candidate technologies to produce hydrogen from renewable energy sources, and for synthetic fuel production. LT-PEME splits water into hydrogen and oxygen when the voltage is applied between anode and cathode. Electrical current forces the positively charged ions to migrate to negatively charged cathode through PEM, where hydrogen is produced. Meanwhile, oxygen is produced at the anode side electrode and escapes as a gas with the circulating water. The effects of clamping pressure (Pc) on the LT-PEME cell performance, polarization resistances, and hydrogen and water crossover through the membrane, and hydrogen and oxygen production rate are studied. A 50 cm2 active area LT-PEME cell designed and manufactured in house is utilized in this work. Higher Pc has shown higher cell performance this refers to lower ohmic and activation resistances. Water crossover from anode to cathode is slightly decreased at higher Pc resulting in a slight decrease in hydrogen crossover from cathode to anode. Also, the percentage of hydrogen in the produced oxygen at the anode side is significantly reduced at higher Pc and at lower current density.
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The recent acceleration in hydrogen production’s R&D will lead the energy transition. Low temperature polymer electrolyte membrane electrolysis (LT-PEME) is one of the most promising candidate technologies to produce hydrogen from renewable energy sources, and for synthetic fuel production. LT-PEME splits water into hydrogen and oxygen when the voltage is applied between anode and cathode. Electrical current forces the positively charged ions to migrate to negatively charged cathode through PEM, where hydrogen is produced. Meanwhile, oxygen is produced at the anode side electrode and escapes as a gas with the circulating water. The effects of clamping pressure (Pc) on the LT-PEME cell performance, polarization resistances, and hydrogen and water crossover through the membrane, and hydrogen and oxygen production rate are studied. A 50 cm2 active area LT-PEME cell designed and manufactured in house is utilized in this work. Higher Pc has shown higher cell performance this refers to lower ohmic and activation resistances. Water crossover from anode to cathode is slightly decreased at higher Pc resulting in a slight decrease in hydrogen crossover from cathode to anode. Also, the percentage of hydrogen in the produced oxygen at the anode side is significantly reduced at higher Pc and at lower current density.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Volume42
Issue number34
Pages (from-to)21597-21606
Number of pages10
ISSN0360-3199
DOI
StatePublished - Aug 2017
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes

    Research areas

  • Proton exchange membrane electrolysis, Clamping pressure, Hydrogen crossover rate, Water crossover rate, Polarization curve, Polarization resistances
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