Progress of Cryogenics and Isotopes Separation , ISSN: 1582-2575
2013, Volume 16, Issue 2

Development of Complex Bipolar Plates for Increased PEMFC Stack Power

Laurentiu Patularu 1* , Dorin Schitea 1 , Mihai Varlam 1 , Daniela Ion-Ebrasu 1 , A. Crăciunescu 2

1 National Research and Development Institute for Cryogenics and Isotopic Technologies - ICSI Rm. Valcea, Uzinei Street no. 4, PO Box Râureni 7, 240050, Râmnicu Vâlcea, Romania
2 POLITEHNICA University of Bucharest- Electrical Engineering Faculty, Splaiul Independentei 313, 060042, Bucharest Romania

*Corresponding author: Laurentiu Patularu, E-mail:

Published: October 2013


High power density along with low gravimetric and volumetric characteristics for Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell stacks are needed in order to be successfully implemented on the market. It is well known that the heat transfer coefficients with liquid flow are much higher than airflow for the same pumping power, therefore liquid cooling is currently the most widely used cooling strategy in high power PEMFC stacks. This paper presents the manufacturing steps and preliminary tests results for an in house production of graphite type bipolar plates with liquid cooling circuit for PEMFC stacks.


Fuel cell, bipolar plates, liquid cooling.

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