The performance of the passive DMFC was systematically investigated under an ambient condition by simulating a wide range of temperature and humidity in a high-quality environmentally controlled room.The results indicated that the performance of the passive DMFC was nearly independent of ambient humidity from 30% to 90% RH and water produced in the cathode was expelled mostly from the cell in a liquid state.Compared with the humidity,the ambient temperature has a significant effect on the performance of the passive DMFC.The power density of 30 mW·cm-2 were obtained at 40℃,while only 10 mW·cm-2 at 10 ℃.


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