In this paper, the primary components of a PEM fuel cell for automotive propulsion using methane as a fuel are analyzed. Basic chemical engineering principles are utilized to assess the role of thermodynamics, heat transport, and reaction kinetics. The amount of methane required is calculated as function of hydrogen produced as well as the power produced. The heat duty for thermal control of the system is analyzed.

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