Hydrogen Electrolyser and Fuel Cell

Lead Research Organisation: Newcastle University
Department Name: Chemical Engineering & Advanced Material


It is well known that polymer membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) are attractive for future vehicle, portable and combined heat and power applications. General requirements of PEMFCs are: good chemical and thermal stability, low gas impermeability (H2 and O2), good mechanical strength and low cost. This project will develop recently researched membranes for fuel cells that improve chemical and mechanical stability, are easilly fabricated and can be thinner and thus have lower electrical resistance. The cells made from such materials will be able to use low costs catalysts and achieve superior performance to current equivalent fuel cells. In parallel the research will develop a new electrolyser concept for the production of hydrogen fuel using the same membrane concept and low costs catalysts. The electrolyser can be used to produce hydrogen from renewable electrical energy and thus be compatible with fluctuation energy supplies from renewable sources.


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Description novel catalyst for electrochemical cells
Exploitation Route further development in alkaline membrane cells and electrocatalysts
Sectors Energy

Description Newcastle University
Amount £32,000 (GBP)
Funding ID internal project 
Organisation Newcastle University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2011 
End 06/2012
Description epsrc impact award
Amount £24,527 (GBP)
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2011 
End 07/2012