High-power H2/Br2 fuel cell

V. Livshits, A. Ulus, E. Peled*

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We report on the properties and performance of a hydrogen-bromine fuel cell based on a nanoporous proton-conducting membrane (NP-PCM), operated with hydrobromic acid. The use of the NP-PCM that consists of a ceramic nano-powder and PVDF is a major advantage in H2/Br2 FC, since the fuel cell itself produces an acid (HBr) that serves as an ionic carrier. Maximum power densities of above 1.5 W/cm2 have been achieved in a 5 cm2 NP-PCM-based H2/Br2 fuel cell under dry-hydrogen feed at 80 °C. The energy-conversion efficiency of this cell is very high - close to 90% (about twice that of the hydrogen/air cell). Thus, in view of the fact that bromine is sustained in a closed cycle and with the appropriate safety measures, the H2/Br2 (NP-PCM)-based FC is a promising candidate for both high-power RFC, and combined electricity and HBr production.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1358-1362
Number of pages5
JournalElectrochemistry Communications
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2006


  • Direct-oxidation fuel cell
  • HBr production
  • Hydrogen-bromine fuel cell


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