Predictive mathematical modeling and computer simulation of direct ethanol fuel cell

A. S. Abdulkareem, A. Jimoh, A. S. Afolabi, E. Muzenda, A. C. Okeke

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The challenges of finding a better substitute of energy as well as the shortcomings identified with direct ethanol fuel cell, includes high anode over potential and crossover necessitate the need to investigate the influence operating parameters on the performance of fuel through computer simulation. This study focus on the development of a predictive mathematical modeling for direct ethanol fuel cell for the purpose of investigating the influence pressure, temperature cathode, and reactants concentration on the performance, efficiency, and heat generated by the cell. Results obtained indicate that an increase in operating temperature led to a decrement in output voltage and cell efficiency, while the same condition of increasing the temperature positively favors the heat generated from the cell. Simulated results also show that cell performance is improved with an increase in concentration of the fuel (ethanol) and oxidant (oxygen). It can be inferred from this study that the cell performance of DEFC can be theoretically predicted with the developed model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)635-643
Number of pages9
JournalEnergy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization and Environmental Effects
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Mar 3 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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