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Portable Direct Methanol Fuel Cell System

Demand for light weight portable fuel cells is increasing at a rapid rate. Based on this growing demand, the Center for Clean Energy Engineering is leading a multidisciplinary research and development (R & D) team effort that involves 14 engineering faculty members and 1 chemistry faculty member. This program includes research and development activities encompassing the proton exchange membrane, the bipolar plates, power conditioning circuitry, system thermal management, vibration and shock suppression, system control scheme and computer aided modeling. The R & D efforts will be interwoven with product development activities culminating in the production of one portable 150 watt direct methanol fuel cell system.