April 26, 2024

Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells

Polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells are essential in powering stationary and varied-output machines. PEM fuel cells work hard and require a robust, efficient filtration system. Having clean polymer electrolyte fuel cells delivers efficient outcomes during machine operations.

How Do Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells Work?

All fuel cells typically share basic operations, with some differences. An electrolyte is situated between two electrodes, an anode and a cathode. The primary difference is in the electrolyte. In PEM, a proton-conducting polymer electrolyte lies between the two electrodes. Protons and electrons react and produce power. A fuel reformer must convert natural gas and ethanol to hydrogen before you can use them in PEM fuel cells.

Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cell Applications

Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells have less impact on the environment and are highly efficient. For this reason, they are an excellent application for various stationary and vehicular power generation methods:

  • Transportation industry: PEM fuel cells are ideal for powering vehicles and other methods of road transportation due to their low impact on the environment and power output variation.
  • Stationery power: The low operating temperature provides several possibilities for use in stationary and portable power generators.
  • Home and leisure: Domestic settings can benefit from PEM fuel cells as they make households independent of their traditional electrical power grid.
  • Military: The military uses the quick start-up time of PEM fuel cells to use generators and stationary power applications.

Filters Used for Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells

Fuel cells, including PEM fuel cells, need adequate filtration to keep them working at their best. Filters clean the hydrogen and surrounding components operating in the fuel cells. With adequate, regular filtration, you can prevent your PEM fuel cells from getting damaged, saving you maintenance and replacement costs. Filters you can use for your PEM fuel cells include:

  • The 25 Series: This filter provides exceptional protection for the fuel cell and hydrogen, keeping the electrolyte and electrons free from waste and byproducts. It has an operating power of 6,000 pounds per square inch gauge (psig), which works together with the dynamic operation of a PEM fuel cell. The 25 Series effectively filters dirt and foreign particles.
  • CFC 30 Series: Ideal for smaller spaces, this In-Line filter fits within the piping footprint. The CFC 30 Series works alongside your fuel cells to clean as they generate power.
  • 31 Series In-Line Filter: Ideal for optimal PEM fuel cell operation, this 31 Series In-Line filter helps keep water separate from the hydrogen and removes contaminants.
  • 50 Series Tee-Type: The 50 Series cleans and filters fuel cells in high-pressure environments. Its efficient design helps clean your PEM fuel cells even after heavy use.
  • 51 Series Filters: This filter is ideal for PEM fuel cell powered systems and stationary power units. The 51 Series T-Type filters harmful contaminants while maintaining the integrity of your fuel cells.

Ensure Clean Fuel Cell Components With Chase Filters & Components

You need a robust, efficient filtration system to clean your hydrogen fluid and accompanying components. We at Chase Filters & Components have perfected filters for over 30 years. We provide high-pressure filter solutions for hydraulic fluid, water, gas, air, fuel, engine lubricant and oxygen. For more information, request a quote or call us at 757-327-0036 today.

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