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

Aaron L. Zhu, David P. Wilkinson, Xinge Zhang, Yalan Xing, Alex G. Rozhin, Sergei A. Kulinich*

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-50
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Energy Storage
Early online date30 Sept 2016
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016

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