Cutting Carbon Emissions with Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells

DateTuesday, November 28, 2017

Door Open7:00 P.M.              Presentation7:30 P.M.

Location: Islington Golf Club, 45 Riverbank Drive, Etobicoke, M9B 5B8.

Due to the requirement for high power-density energy storage, the reduction of carbon emissions from the transportation sector is a challenging pursuit. Polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells, using hydrogen as an energy carrier, are a promising sustainable alternative to internal combustion engines. In this talk, I will discuss markets where fuel cells are already displacing battery and fossil fuel-driven technology, including forklifts and electrified rail. Reducing the use of precious platinum-group metals (PGMs) is an important endeavor to reduce the cost of automotive PEM fuel cell systems and to ensure the long-term viability of the technology. This talk will discuss the technical challenges associated with improving platinum utilization.


Speaker: Dan Muirhead is a Research Assistant in the department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto, whose current activities focus on investigating efficiency losses in fuel cells related to water and oxygen transport. Dan obtained his B.Eng. degree from McMaster University in 2015 and his M.A.Sc. degree from the University of Toronto in 2017, specializing his studies in thermofluids and sustainable energy systems. Dan is interested in energy conservation, energy storage, renewable power generation, and climate change.



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