Optimization of components and assembling in a PEM electrolyzer stack

S. Siracusano*, A. Di Blasi, V. Baglio, G. Brunaccini, N. Briguglio, A. Stassi, R. Ornelas, E. Trifoni, V. Antonucci, A. S. Aric

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An optimization study of components and assembling characteristics for a proton exchange membrane (PEM) short stack electrolyzer (3 cells of 100 cm 2 geometrical area) was carried out. The electrochemical properties were investigated by polarization, impedance spectroscopy and chrono-potentiometric measurements. A decrease of the ohmic contact resistance between the bipolar plates and the electrode backing layer was obtained by using an appropriate thickness for the gas diffusion layers/current collectors as well as by an optimization of stack compression. The amount of H2 produced was ∼90 l h-1 at 60 A (600 mA cm-2) and 75 °C under 300 W of applied electrical power. No significant leakage or gas recombination was observed. The stack electrical efficiency was 75% and 88%, at 60 A and 75 °C, with respect to the low and high heating value of hydrogen, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3333-3339
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes


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