Romtek Methanol Fuel Cell (MFC) Apparatus

 

Romtek Methanol Fuel Cell Apparatus demonstrates & enables detailed experiments on Direct Fuel Cell operating on Methanol. It incorporates multidisciplinary technologies and is useful to educators & experimenters working in Physics & Chemistry; Electronics & Mechanical Engineering & Non Conventional Energy Sciences.

 How it Works

 The Methanol Fuel Cell accepts unimolar solution of methanol in distilled water & takes Oxygen from atmosphere. They react in a catalytic converter to generate electricity, Carbon dioxide & Water. Methanol fuel Cell (& all other fuel Cells) for that matter, are different from batteries & accumulators as (1) the battery becomes discharged & has to be discarded once the reactants are used up and (2) an accumulator requires recharging. A fuel cell can be used without charging / discharging, so long as it is kept refueled by reactants.

 Technical Data

Experiments :

1

Measurement & Plotting the characteristics curve (V vs I) and ( P vs I) of Methanol Fuel Cell (MFC).

2

Impact of Methanol Concentration on MFC performance.

3

Measurement of mileage of Methanol Fuel Cell Car.

4

Measurement of horsepower of Methanol Fuel Cell Car Engine.

5

Observation of working & properties peculiar to Methanol Fuel Cell.

6

Comparative Study of Hydrogen & Methanol Fuel Cell. This Expt is possible if you have any one of our apparatus on Hydrogen Fuel Cell.

 

Direct Methanol Fuel Cell

Dimensions

33 X 2 X 1 5/6 (85 X 70 X 40 mm)

Power

100 m W

Voltage

0.1 to 0.6 V

Fuel consumption

20 micromole / min at 0.1A

 

Model Automobile Car with geared electric Motor & Crane facility

Dimension

(Axle to axle) / (Wheel to wheel)

6 X 4 X 5

Driving Voltage

0.5 to 3.0V

Driving Current

100 m A @ 0.6 V @ no load

Crane Attachment

Provided

 Electronic Control Panel

Voltmeter

Digital, LCD / LED, 3 digits

0 to 2 V

0 to 20 V

Accuracy : 0.1%

Ammeter

Digital, LCD / LED, 3 digits

0 to 200 m A

0 to 200 m A

Accuracy : 0.5%

Direct Reading Power Meter

Digital, LCD / LED, 3 digits

0 to 1000 m W

Accuracy : 5%

Loads

1, 3, 5, 10, 100, 200, Ohms and lamp and motor positions

Stop Watch

Provided

Power Source

0.1 to 3.0 VDC @ 1000 mA, regulated

Input power

220V / 50 Hz or 110V / 50 Hz or Batteries as per order.

 Climatic Conditions    

Operating  

10o 40o c

Storage Temp

5o 45o c

 

Items required in Lab

Distilled Water

 

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