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Designing and Building Fuel Cells Hardcover – May 25, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0071489775 ISBN-10: 0071489770 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 434 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 1 edition (May 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071489770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071489775
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,179,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Colleen Spiegel is the founder of Clean Fuel Cell Energy, LLC, and has been a research and development manager and chemical engineer for more than six years.

More About the Author

Colleen has twelve years of experience in engineering, scientific, and research work for many companies as an consultant, employee, and independent business owner. Her consulting and work experience include mathematical modeling, scientific and engineering research studies, process engineering, and technical/scientific/grant writing. Some of the companies that she has worked with include Draper Laboratory, Bausch & Lomb, BCC Research, Lynntech, Inc, McGraw-Hill, Elsevier Science, Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies as well as many others.

Books

Colleen has authored several titles including 'Designing and Building Fuel Cells' (McGraw-Hill, 2007), 'PEM Fuel Cell Modeling and Simulation Using MATLAB' (Elsevier Science, 2008), 'Opportunities for Coal-Based Products' (BCC Research, 2006) and Global Electronics: High Growth Products and New Markets (BCC Research, 2007), Commerical Amino Acids (BCC Research, 2008), and Renewable Energy Science Education Book (Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies, 2009).

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A "must read" for anyone interested in fuel cell technology.
Linda McMahon
In a field where only a limited number of books are available on the subject, it is refreshing when such a well written, compressive volume is released.
Jeremy Steinshnider
I especially like Dr. Spiegel's enthusiasm for the potential of the fuel cell industry.
Stephen J. Carey

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Steinshnider on July 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
In a field where only a limited number of books are available on the subject, it is refreshing when such a well written, compressive volume is released. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The author has skillfully combined an easy to understand description of fuel cell technology with enough meat (equations) to keep an engineer satisfied. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in fuel cells.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stephen J. Carey on June 6, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The opening chapters to this book are an excellent introduction to fuels cells and their application. I especially like Dr. Spiegel's enthusiasm for the potential of the fuel cell industry. Later chapters explain the thermodynamic and chemical principles behind fuel cell design. If you do not have knowledge of advanced calculus and its application (like me), you will not understand some of the explanations.

I found it somewhat lacking in practical detail around the actual construction of a fuel cell. My background is in manufacturing engineering. I need to know such things as how many layers at how many square inches are needed to achieve this voltage and current output. It was difficult for me to distill this information from the text. I bought the book for the purpose of constructing a fuel cell (out in the garage! - as my wife says), but didn't feel I came away with this knowledge.

Dr. Spiegel is clearly an authority in the field of fuel cells. Don't be put off by the advanced math. The book is an informative and engaging read. I am looking forward to her new book, "The Brilliant Mind: Fuel Cell Experiments for a Bright Future", to provide me with more applied knowledge of fuel cells. In the meantime, there is a wealth of information on the Internet about fuel cells and their construction (Google: Phillip Hurley).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John R. Tenopir on March 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have been looking for a book like this for some time. The math and physics are at the college level, but I figure I need to learn something new. This could be worth working on. Now to find the materials and get to building. Who knows, I might be able to convert my car, build a new airplane, or even a classy cabin cruiser. Great book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linda McMahon on July 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Fuel cells are a new topic for me, and I selected this book because the title and description seemed interesting. It was a great choice because it is written in easy to understand language - making a complicated subject understandable. Although there are many parts of the book geared toward designing a fuel cell with mathematical equations - -there are also other parts that simply describe how the fuel cell works, different types of fuel cells, different sources of hydrogen, the hydrogen economy etc. A "must read" for anyone interested in fuel cell technology.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Leon Caruthers on July 8, 2008
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On the whole, this is an excellent text, but I was a bit put off some of the opening discussion. The chapter on the "Hydrogen Economy" -- while well-written -- really didn't belong in the front of this book. It feels like an opinion piece, and the discussion questions at the end of that chapter felt biased. The first few paragraphs of the book aren't about fuel cells, they're about pollution, fossil fuel use, and global warming. While these are important topics worthy of discussion, they aren't fuel cells. The same print space could have told me something about nomenclature (What's a PEM cell? You'll have to flip ahead to chapter 3 to find out).

If I'm reading this book, I get that fuel cells are an important part of our technological future. What I wanted was an unbiased exploration and explanation of the technology. I got that, mostly, but I also got the author's opinion on government regulations (the author is clearly for them, and appears to feel that they are the best -- possibly only -- way to create the Hydrogen Economy) and was told that Carbon Dioxide is a pollutant directly responsible for global warming. Reasonable people can and have disagreed with both of these assertions, and I could and have read both sides of these arguments elsewhere. I didn't need them here.
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