AIST Develops Portable Fuel Cell System

22 Mar 2013


The Advanced Manufacturing Research Institute (AIST) in Japan has announced the release of a portable solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) unit which can operate on a range of liquid fuels. AIST intends for the unit to be used in disaster and emergency situations, or for outdoor use.

The system uses microtubular SOFC and a nanostructure-controlled electrode enables the direct use of highly portable general-purpose hydrocarbon fuels, including liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). During testing the system was able to drive a DC 5 volt USB device and, because an LPG burner is used for start-up, no external power source is required.


Source: AIST.


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