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Advances in Hydrogen Fuel Cell Thermal Management: Technologies, Status, and Future Perspectives

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Guest Editors

Zhengxuan Liu, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Netherlands
Dr. Zhengxuan Liu has been appointed to the position of Marie Sklodowska Curie European Fellow at Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at TU Delft, since October 1 st, 2022. He started the Postdoctoral research works at TU Delft on June 18th, 2021. He obtained his joint PhD degree from Hunan University and the University of Lyon-ENTPE in June 2019. He was the Assistant Dean of the Institute for Sustainable Urbanization & Construction Innovation at Hunan University before coming to Delft. He has published more than 80 research outputs, including over 40 SCI journal papers (30 of them as the first or corresponding author, one ESI Highly Cited Paper), one Elsevier book, 7 invited book chapters, and 35 patents. He has been responsible for 4 research projects as the person-in-charge and collaborated in 5 other research projects. He is the Associate Editor of several influential international journals. He is also the Editorial Board Member or Guest Editor of over 10 international journals, and a reviewer of over 20 SCI journals with over 280 times of peer review.

Zhenya Zhang, Lecturer, School of Energy and Power Engineering, Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, China
Dr. Zhenya Zhang joined the College of Energy and Power Engineering at Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, on September 1 st, 2020. He obtained his PhD degree from Xi 'an Jiaotong University in September 2018. He was engaged in the research on forward-looking technologies for new energy thermal management in the industrial sector before coming to Zhengzhou University of Light Industry. He has published more than 20 research outputs, including over 10 SCI journal papers (6 of them as the first author). He has been responsible for 5 research projects as the person-in-charge and collaborated in 6 other research projects.


In response to the urgent need for sustainable energy solutions, hydrogen fuel cells have emerged as a promising technology with the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Effective thermal management is crucial for enhancing the performance, reliability, and longevity of hydrogen fuel cell systems. This Special Issue seeks to explore a broad spectrum of advancements in hydrogen fuel cell thermal management, including but not limited to theoretical insights, experimental investigations, numerical simulations, and practical applications. By addressing various aspects of thermal management, this Special Issue aims to foster interdisciplinary discussions and encourage contributions from researchers and practitioners across different fields.


This Special Issue aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the latest developments in hydrogen fuel cell thermal management, covering a diverse range of topics to attract contributions from a broad audience. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

· Novel Passive Cooling Techniques: Exploration of innovative passive cooling methods for hydrogen fuel cells, such as phase change materials, radiative cooling, and natural convection-based systems.

· Active Thermal Management Systems: Advancements in active thermal management technologies tailored specifically for hydrogen fuel cells, including liquid cooling systems, heat pumps, and advanced control strategies.

· Integration with Renewable Energy Sources: Investigating the synergies between hydrogen fuel cells and renewable energy technologies such as solar and wind power, and exploring strategies for efficient integration and utilization.

· Heat Transfer Enhancement in Fuel Cell Components: Research on enhancing heat transfer processes within individual fuel cell components, including membranes, catalyst layers, and flow fields, to improve overall system performance and efficiency.

· Thermal Modeling and Simulation: Development and validation of computational models and simulation techniques for predicting and optimizing the thermal behavior of hydrogen fuel cell systems under various operating conditions.

· Materials Innovation for Thermal Management: Exploration of novel materials and coatings with enhanced thermal conductivity, durability, and resistance to degradation for use in heat exchangers, thermal interface materials, and other components of hydrogen fuel cell systems.

· Safety Considerations in Thermal Management: Investigation of safety implications associated with thermal management strategies for hydrogen fuel cells, including thermal runaway prevention, thermal management during abnormal operating conditions, and mitigation of potential hazards.

· Economic and Environmental Assessments: Analysis of the economic feasibility and environmental impact of different thermal management approaches for hydrogen fuel cells, considering factors such as energy efficiency, system costs, and lifecycle emissions.

· Hydrogen Infrastructure and Grid Integration: Examination of the role of hydrogen infrastructure development and grid integration in facilitating the widespread adoption of hydrogen fuel cell technology, with a focus on thermal management considerations.


Passive cooling; Active thermal management; Renewable energy integration; Heat transfer enhancement; Thermal modeling; Materials innovation; Performance characterization; Safety considerations; Economic assessment; Grid integration

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