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The development of a carbon-air semi fuel cell

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Kevin Pointon, Barry Lakeman, John Irvine, John Bradley, Sneh Jain

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The increasingly demanding requirements of a number of military applications mean that there is a need for more energy dense power sources that is unlikely to be satisfied with conventional battery chemistries. A high temperature electrochemical power source employing carbon as a fuel has been identified as a technology offering a step change in available energy density. Direct carbon conversion is an approach being pursued by several groups in the US. This paper discusses the state-of-the-art in this technology, and describes work carried out at Dstl and St Andrews University to establish a new carbon-air semi fuel cell concept. This forms part of a four year programme to develop a 50 W, 500 Wh demonstration unit.



Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication24th International Power Sources Symposium and Exhibition 2005, IPSS 2005
Subtitle of host publication"Power Sources and the Environment"
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2005
Event24th International Power Sources Symposium and Exhibition 2005 on Power Sources and the Environment, IPSS 2005 - Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Apr 200521 Apr 2005


Conference24th International Power Sources Symposium and Exhibition 2005 on Power Sources and the Environment, IPSS 2005
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

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