Zinc regeneration in rechargeable zinc-air fuel cells:a review

Abstract

Zinc-air fuel cells (ZAFCs) present a promising energy source with a competing potential with the lithium-ion battery and even with proton-exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) for applications in next generation electrified transport and energy storage. The regeneration of zinc is essential for developing the next-generation, i.e., electrochemically rechargeable ZAFCs. This review aims to provide a comprehensive view on both theoretical and industrial platforms already built hitherto, with focus on electrode materials, electrode and electrolyte additives, solution chemistry, zinc deposition reaction mechanisms and kinetics, and electrochemical zinc regeneration systems. The related technological challenges and their possible solutions are described and discussed. A summary of important R&D patents published within the recent 10 years is also presented.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.est.2016.09.007
Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Informatics and Digital Engineering > Electrical and Electronic Engineering
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Aston Institute of Photonics Technology (AIPT)
Additional Information: © 2016, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Uncontrolled Keywords: metal-air cell,rechargeable alkaline fuel cell,zinc deposition,zinc deposition additives,zinc regeneration,zinc-air fuel cell,Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment,Energy Engineering and Power Technology,Electrical and Electronic Engineering
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2016-11
Published Online Date: 2016-09-30
Accepted Date: 2016-09-20
Submitted Date: 2016-05-23
Authors: Zhu, Aaron L.
Wilkinson, David P.
Zhang, Xinge
Xing, Yalan
Rozhin, Alex G. (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-2271-8227)
Kulinich, Sergei A. (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-1365-9221)

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