A study into the feasibility of utilising avaliable hydrogen fuel cell technologies in 2012

Browning, Lachlan (2012). A study into the feasibility of utilising avaliable hydrogen fuel cell technologies in 2012 B.Sc Thesis, School of Engineering, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Browning, Lachlan
Thesis Title A study into the feasibility of utilising avaliable hydrogen fuel cell technologies in 2012
School, Centre or Institute School of Engineering
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2012
Thesis type B.Sc Thesis
Supervisor Bo Feng
Total pages 121
Language eng
Subjects 09 Engineering
Formatted abstract
The increasing global interest in replacing electrochemical batteries with alternate technologies has prompted the recent developments of a number of commercially available hydrogen fuel cell technologies. These companies claim that their hydrogen fuel cells demonstrate higher capabilities than currently used battery technologies.

The following report details a study into the feasibility of utilising currently available hydrogen fuel cell technologies in place of existing comparable battery technologies. An initial comparison between the technologies was provided in the literature review in Chapter 2. Following this, two applications were selected; small scale portable electronics charger and large scale electronics and home appliance power supply, and a number of commercially available hydrogen fuel cell and battery technologies were chosen for comparison.

These technologies were compared using economic and technological feasibility analyses. The feasibility indicators were outlined and justified in the methodology in Chapter 3, and the feasibility analyses were performed in Chapter 4. Finally, the optimal cell was pinpointed from this comparison utilising decision matrices in Chapter 5.

This report concluded that for the small scale portable application, hydrogen fuel cells are potentially feasible for specific usage; whilst for large scale application they were found to be a highly feasible and a superior alternative to battery technologies. This report also recommends the use of a broadened scope in a number of aspects to provide a more in-depth study into the primary objective.
Keyword hydrogen fuel cells
feasibility study
energy alternatives

Document type: Thesis
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