Development of Advanced Hydrogen-Bromine Fuel Cells for Energy Storage

Tuesday, 26 May 2015: 14:20
Buckingham (Hilton Chicago)
G. Lin, P. Y. Chong (TVN Systems, Inc.), T. V. Nguyen, V. Yarlagadda (The University of Kansas), R. Wycisk, P. N. Pintauro (Vanderbilt University), M. C. Tucker, A. Z. Weber (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), M. Bates, and S. Mukerjee (Northeastern University)
The hydrogen-bromine fuel cell has been shown to be a promising candidate for large-scale energy storage due to its fast kinetics, fully reversible electrodes and low chemical costs. However, today's conventional hydrogen-bromine fuel cells use very expensive membrane materials (such as Nafion®) and platinum catalysts that can be poisoned and corroded when exposed to HBr and Br2.  An advanced H2-Br2 fuel cell is being developed with reduced cost and increased durability for energy storage. We have successfully developed new composite membranes with higher perm-selectivity at a fraction of the cost of Nafion membranes; new catalysts possessing excellent activity and durability in HBr/Br2 environment and novel electrode/cell designs with superior cell performance. The advanced H2-Br2 fuel cell is high-power, high-efficiency with substantially increased durability and reduced cost. The latest progress in development will be discussed.


 This work was funded by Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) of the U. S. Department of Energy under Award No. DE-AR0000262.


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