FUEL CELL HARDWARE is an electrochemical device that converts chemical fuel, such as hydrogen, natural gas, methanol, etc. into energy and water.

ElectroChem’s fuel cell test hardware includes all the key components to make such reactions occur. It also performs compression of the membrane electrode assembly while providing uniform gas distribution and uniform temperature to the cell.

A gold-plated plate serves as current collector plate for the fuel cell. The gold plating provides corrosion protection and good electrical contact with the graphite separator plate.

A high purity graphite plate with high electrical conductivity (900 Scm-1) and high thermal conductivity (117 Wm-1K-1) is designed with gas flow channels and manifold.

A Gasket is included to provide a secured seal for MEA.

High power silicone rubber heaters are installed at the both ends of the fuel cell to maintain a constant cell temperature

“We do really appreciate the robustness of the hardware…”, “We have assembled/disassembled the cells over a hundred times during the experimental research activities, always with excellent results in terms of robustness and durability…”

A. Iranzo

 

Schematic of ElectroChem’s Fuel Cell Hardware Components:

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Special Features of ElectroChem’s Fuel Cell Hardware
1. Through-Bolt Assembly DesignFuel Cell Drawing Main Page
Low Tightening Force Required
Create Uniformed Force Distribution: 5in/lb
2. Implement Pinch Adjustment Mechanism
Capable of Applying Torque Equally to the Bolts
Contain Flat Gaskets with High Precision Thickness
3. Fuel Cell Grade Graphite Plate
Gas Non Permeable / Excellent Chemical Resistance
High Electrical/Thermal Conductivity and Mechanical Strength
4. Adaptable to Varied Flow Field Plate Design
Current Collector Plate
Gold Plated Plate – for corrosion resistance
5. Thermocouple Insert Hole
Reach Thermocouple at Center of Fuel Cell Test Hardware
Precisely Control and Monitor the Temperature
Closest to the MEA
6. Voltage Measurement Banana Plug
For Exact Measurement of Cell Voltage
(using the highly electrically conductive graphite plate)
Eliminate Voltage Drop due to Contact Resistance
7. Silicone Rubber Heater
Provide Highest Watt Density
Maintain Uniform Cell Temperature
(using the highly thermally conductive graphite plate)

“ElectroChem fuel cells are a “pioneer product” as the fuel cells that can be disassembled and assembled by users, and one of the most popular commercially-available fuel cells in Japan.”

“In Japan, ElectroChem fuel cells are used as the standard fuel cells, with which users compare the performance offuel cells manufactured by themselves.”

Toyo Corporation

 

Fuel Cell Hardware at ElectroChem is available with various Flow Field Designs:
  • Column / Pin Type (01)
  • Serpentine (02)
  • Straight Channel (03)
  • Interdigitated (04)