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  • Thamo Sutharssan
  • Diogo Montalvao
  • Yong Chen
  • Wen Chung Wang
  • Claudia Pisac
  • Hakim Elemara
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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
Pages (from-to)440-450
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Journal publication date31 Aug 2017
Volume75
Early online date10 Nov 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2017

Abstract

Fuel cell technology can be traced back to 1839 when British scientist Sir William Grove discovered that it was possible to generate electricity by the reaction between hydrogen and oxygen gases. However, fuel cell still cannot compete with internal combustion engines although they have many advantages including zero carbon emissions. Fossil fuels are cheaper and present very high volumetric energy densities compared with the hydrogen gas. Furthermore, hydrogen storage as a liquid is still a huge challenge. Another important disadvantage is the lifespan of the fuel cell because of their durability, reliability and maintainability. Prognostics is an emerging technology in sustainability of engineering systems through failure prevention, reliability assessment and remaining useful lifetime estimation. Prognostics and health monitoring can play a critical role in enhancing the durability, reliability and maintainability of the fuel cell system. This paper presents a review on the current state-of-the-art in prognostics and health monitoring of Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (PEMFC), aiming at identifying research and development opportunities in these fields. This paper also highlights the importance of incorporating prognostics and failure modes, mechanisms and effects analysis (FMMEA) in PEMFC to give them sustainable competitive advantage when compared with other non-clean energy solutions.

Notes

This is the Accepted Manuscript version of the following article: Thamo Sutharssan, Diogo Montalvao, Yong Kang Chen, Wen-Chung Wang, Claudia Pisac and Hakim Elemara, ‘ A review on prognostics and health monitoring of proton exchange membrane fuel cell’, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol. 75: 440-450, November 2016, doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2016.11.009 This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/.

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