Direct Methanol Fuel Cells
(DMFCs) working at low and intermediate temperatures (up to 130-150 °C) and employing solid protonic electrolytes have been postulated as suitable systems for power generation in the field of portable power sources, remote and micro-distributed energy generation as well as for auxiliary power units (APU) in stationary and mobile applications.
DMFCs utilize liquid fuel to deliver continuous power and they have low fuel storage and handling constraints than hydrogen fuelled fuel cells.
The main objective of the DURAMET project
is to develop cost-effective components for direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs) with enhanced activity and stability in order to reduce stack costs and improve performance and durability.
The project concerns with the development of DMFC components for application in auxiliary power units (APU) as well as for portable systems.