The Influence of Electric Field on Crossover in Redox-Flow Batteries

The Influence of Electric Field on Crossover in Redox-Flow Batteries

TitleThe Influence of Electric Field on Crossover in Redox-Flow Batteries
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsRobert M Darling, Adam Z Weber, Michael C Tucker, Michael L Perry
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Volume163
Issue1
PaginationA5014 - A5022
Date Published01/2016
ISSN0013-4651
KeywordsCrossover, diffusion, Electro-osmosis, Flow battery, Hydrogen-Bromine, Migration, Vanadium
Abstract

Transport of active species through the ion-exchange membrane separating the electrodes in a redox-flow battery is an important source of inefficiency. Migration and electro-osmosis have significant impacts on the crossover of reactive anions, cations, and neutral species. In this paper, these phenomena are theoretically and experimentally explored for commercial cation-exchange membranes. The theoretical analysis indicates that plotting the cumulative Coulombic mismatch between charge and discharge as a function of time can be used to assess crossover rates. The relative importance of migration and electro-osmosis over diffusion is quantified and shown to increase with increasing current density and membrane thickness because the contributions of migration and electro-osmosis to ionic flux are independent of membrane thickness and proportional to current density, while diffusion is inversely proportional to membrane thickness and independent of current density.

DOI10.1149/2.0031601jes