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Advances in Energy Research
  Volume 8, Number 4, September 2022 , pages 203-211
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Experimental performance characteristics of 1 kW commercial PEM fuel cell
Shubhaditya Kumar, Pranshu Shrivastava and Anil Kumar

    The aim of this paper is to analyze the performance of commercial fuel cell (rated capacity 1000W) with the help of resistive load and output power variation with change in H2 flow rate and calculate the maximum power point (MPP) of the proton exchange membrane (PEM) while changing AC and DC load respectively. The factors influencing the output power of a fuel cell are hydrogen flow rate, cell temperature, and membrane water content. The results show that when the H2 flow rate is changed from 11, 13, and 15 Lpm, MPP is increased from lower to higher flow rate. The power of the fuel cell is increased at the rate of 29% by increasing the flow rate from 11 to 15 lpm. This study will allow small-scale industries and residential buildings (in remote or inaccessible areas) to characterize the performance of PEMFC. Furthermore, fuel cell helps in reducing emission in the environment compared to fossil fuels. Also, fuel cells are ecofriendly as well as cost effective and can be the best alternative way to convert energy.
Key Words
    hydrogen flow rate; MPP; PEM fuel cell; performance characteristics
Shubhaditya Kumar: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Delhi Technological University, Delhi-110 042, India
Pranshu Shrivastava: Thammasat University Research Unit in Bioenergy and Catalysis, Thammasat University,
Klongluang, Pathumthani-12120, Thailand
Anil Kumar:Centre for Energy and Environment, Delhi Technological University, Delhi-110 042, India

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