HYDROCARBON-AIR FUEL CELL
Semi-annual rept. no. 3, 1 Jan-30 Jun 1965
ESSO RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING CO LINDEN NJ PROCESS RESEARCH DIV
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Studies were continued aimed toward the ultimate development of fuel cells using either hydrocarbons or methanol as fuels and air as the oxidant at moderate temperatures and pressures. Included are work carried out on the effects of the fuel, catalyst composition, and other major operating variables on the design and operation of the fuel electrodes, experiments performed to improve the overall efficiency of the air electrodes, and tests designed to evaluate the operability of the fuel cell components in complete cells. These tests demonstrated the importance of various structural and catalytic parameters in hydrocarbon electrodes. They also demonstrated operability of liquid hydrocarbon electrodes in engineered cells. Finally, they demonstrated the practicality of sustained performance in a self-contained methanol-air multicell unit.
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