About this Research Topic
In order to reduce the reliance on fossil fuels, researchers have been developing green energy technologies. Among these green energies, fuel cells, that generate electricity by electrochemically combining hydrogen and oxygen, demonstrate advantages such as high power density, high efficiency, low operating temperature, and low emission. The disadvantage of slow response to sudden power demand can be resolved by the hybridization of the fuel cell stack with secondary batteries. Due to many possible combinations, such as system configuration, sizing of the fuel cell stacks and batteries, and control units of the hybridization, the design of system integration and the optimization of operating strategies are becoming more and more important. Fuel cells are also considered as a potential candidate to eliminate pollution generated by fossil fuels because hydrogen could be produced by renewable energies, which may lead to decentralized and more stabilized power plants. Although fuel cells have been commercialized for many applications, such as power plants, electric vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, submarines, and portable power sources, cost and durability are the major challenges for wider applications of fuel cell technologies.
This Research Topic aims at contributing to the commercialization of fuel cell technologies by welcoming papers on the latest achievements on the development of low-cost materials and manufacturing processes of key components, improvement of efficiency and durability, analysis of marketing strategy and business model. Papers on applications of big data and artificial intelligence technologies in fuel cell technologies are also welcome.
Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:
- Modeling, simulation, and experiments of fuel cells;
- Efficiency improvement of fuel cell systems;
- Cost reduction of fuel cell components and balance of plants;
- Marketing strategy and business model of fuel cell products;
- Artificial Intelligence technologies for energy management;
- Durability enhancement of fuel cell systems.
Keywords: fuel cell commercialization, cost reduction, durability, marketing strategy, business model
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