Current Status and Next Generation Advances in Fuel Cell Research and Development


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Significant technical challenges still remain today for the fuel cell in a number of areas including reliability, durability, cost, operational flexibility, technology simplification and integration, fundamental understanding and life cycle impact. New advanced materials and associated innovative engineering design will be required to close these technical gaps. This paper provides a perspective on fuel cell technology today, research and development directions, challenges going forward, and a future view of the fuel cell.



Materials Science Forum (Volumes 539-543)

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T. Chandra, K. Tsuzaki, M. Militzer , C. Ravindran




D. Wilkinson "Current Status and Next Generation Advances in Fuel Cell Research and Development", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 539-543, pp. 248-253, 2007

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March 2007





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