Performance of an alkaline direct ethanol fuel cell with hydrogen peroxide as oxidant

Liang An, T. S. Zhao, L. Zeng, X. H. Yan

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An alkaline direct ethanol fuel cell (DEFC) with hydrogen peroxide as the oxidant is developed and tested. The present fuel cell consists of a non-platinum anode, an anion exchange membrane, and a non-platinum cathode. It is demonstrated that the peak power density of the fuel cell is 130 mW cm-2at 60 C (160 mW cm-2at 80 C), which is 44% higher than that of the same fuel cell setup but with oxygen as the oxidant. The improved performance as compared with the fuel cell with oxygen as the oxidant is mainly attributed to the superior electrochemical kinetics of the hydrogen peroxide reduction reaction and the reduced ohmic loss associated with the liquid oxidant. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2320-2324
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Alkaline direct ethanol fuel cell
  • Anion exchange membrane
  • Fuel cell
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Mixed potential
  • Power density

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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