Reviewing Metallic PEMFC Bipolar Plates

H. Wang, J. A. Turner

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A bipolar plate is one of the most important components in a polymer exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) stack and has multiple functions. Metallic bipolar plate candidates have advantages over composite rivals in excellent electrical and thermal conductivity, good mechanical strength, high chemical stability, very wide alloy choices, low cost and, most importantly, existing pathways for high-volume, highspeed mass production. The challenges with metallic bipolar plates are the higher contact resistance and possible corrosion products, which may contaminate the membrane electrode assembly. This review evaluates the candidate metallic and coating materials for bipolar plates and gives the perspective of the research trends.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)510-519
Number of pages10
JournalFuel Cells
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2010

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-560-46474


  • Bipolar Plate
  • Metallic
  • Review


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