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Designing and Building Fuel Cells [Hardcover]

Colleen Spiegel
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May 25, 2007 0071489770 978-0071489775 1

Acquire an All-in-One Toolkit for Expertly Designing, Modeling, and Constructing High-Performance Fuel Cells

Designing and Building Fuel Cells equips you with a hands-on guide for the design, modeling, and construction of fuel cells that perform as well or better than some of the best fuel cells on the market today.

Filled with over 120 illustrations and schematics of fuel cells and components, this “one-stop” guide covers fuel cell applications…fuels and the hydrogen economy…fuel cell chemistry, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry…fuel cell modeling, materials, and system design…fuel types, delivery, and processing…fuel cell operating conditions…fuel cell characterization…and much more. Authoritative and practical, Designing and Building Fuel Cells features:

  • Complete information on stack design
  • The latest fuel cell modeling techniques
  • Guidance on cutting-edge materials and components
  • Expert accounts of fuel cell types, processing, and optimization
  • A step-by-step example for constructing a fuel cell

Inside This State-of-the-Art Fuel Cell Sourcebook

Introduction • Fuel Cell Applications • Fuel Cells and the Hydrogen Economy • Basic Fuel Cell Chemistry and Thermodynamics • Fuel Cell Electrochemistry • Fuel Cell Charge Transport • Fuel Cell Mass Transport • Fuel Cell Heat Transport • Fuel Cell Modeling • Fuel Cell Materials • Fuel Cell Stack Components and Materials • Fuel Cell Stack Design • Fuel Cell System Design • Fuel Types, Delivery, and Processing • Fuel Cell Operating Conditions • Fuel Cell Characterization

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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.

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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #993,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.


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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy on theory, light on application June 6, 2009
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Designing & Building Fuel Cells March 25, 2008
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Spiegel is Regal! July 13, 2007
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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