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Designing and Building Fuel Cells 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0071489770
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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.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 434 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (June 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071489770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071489775
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,694,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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This is a textbook for those in the industry or mathematically gifted engineers who need to understand the hard science of designing and building commercially viable fuel cells. Well written if a little terse, if you are an engineer or a bit brighter than average, it is worth the read and will be an excellent reference on the shelf.
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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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