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Proceedings of Symposium on Energy Engineering in the 21<sup>st</sup> Century (SEE2000) Volume I-IV

ISSN:
1-56700-132-7 (Print)

HYDROGEN ENERGY AND FUEL CELL POWER PACKS

Moses L. Ng
Energy and Resources Laboratories, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Hsinchu, Taiwan

Yaw-Chung Cheng
Energy and Resources Laboratories Industrial Technology Research Institute

Abstract

Fuel cells have been used as the prime power generators in space missions and are currently pursued in terrestrial applications because of their high efficiency and low intrusion to the environments. In spite of their success in power plant demonstration projects, fuel cells remain as pre-commercial products although they have better performance in on-site applications. The combination of hydrogen stored in cartridges with or without adsorbing materials and PEM fuel cells called fuel cell power packs may be used to replace the rechargeable batteries currently in use.