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Alumna Claire Woo '06 and Benziger Design New and Improved Fuel Cell

When Princeton University engineers want to increase the power output of their new fuel cell, they just give it a little more gas – hydrogen gas, to be exact. This simple control mechanism, which varies the flow of hydrogen fuel to control the power generated, was previously thought impossible and is a potentially major development in fuel cell technology.

The secret of their success is a system in which the fuel input itself changes the size of the reaction chamber, and therefore the amount of power produced. The breakthrough design also adds to the understanding of water management in fuel cells – one of the major obstacles to large-scale deployment of the technology in automobiles.

“It’s almost so simple that it shouldn’t work, but it does,” said Profesor Jay Benziger. Benziger developed the technique with Claire Woo, who graduated from Princeton in 2006 and is now pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley. They have publish their findings in the February issue of the journal Chemical Engineering Science.

For the complete story please see the Princeton Engineering News article.

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