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  1. Designing and control of a SOFC micro-CHP system

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    Liso, Vincenzo

    component for steady-state operation were developed. System concepts and key performance parameters were identified. The models were used to evaluate optimal cell-stack power output, the impact of cell operating and design parameters, thermal energy recovery, system process design, and operating strategy...... results. Also, predominant modes of catalytic reforming were identified and modeled. System design evaluations reveal that methane-fueled SOFC systems demonstrate the highest electrical efficiency when coupled with a steam reformer process. The use of recycled cell exhaust gases in process design is found......-to-power ratio demonstrated in this study makes the SOFC-based micro-CHP systems a promising technology for energy conversion when compared to other well established technologies such as internal combustion engines or sterling engines. In particular, the range of heat-to-power ratio for the SOFC-based micro...

  2. Optimal Design and Operation of A Syngas-fuelled SOFC Micro-CHP System for Residential Applications in Different Climate Zones in China

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    Yang, Wenyuan; Liso, Vincenzo; Zhao, Yingru

    2013-01-01

    demand. Numerical simulations are conducted in Matlab environment. System design trade-offs are discussed to determine the optimal match between the energy demand of the household for different climates across China and the energy supply of the micro-CHP during the whole year. Moreover, criteria......Energy consumption in residential sector can be considerably reduced by enhancing the efficiency of energy supply. Fuel cell-based residential micro-CHP systems are expected to be one of the most promising technologies because of their high efficiency and low environmental impact. Since the design...... heat-to-power load ratio. Therefore, the aim of this study is to investigate the optimal design and operation of a syngas-fuelled SOFC micro-CHP system for small households located in five different climate zones in China. The ability of the micro-CHP to cover the heat and electricity demand of a 70m2...

  3. Optimal design and operation of a syngas-fuelled SOFC micro CHP system for residential applications in different climate zones in China

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    Yang, Wenyuan; Zhao, Yingru; Liso, Vincenzo

    2014-01-01

    to determine the optimal match between the energy demand of the household for different climates across China and the energy supply of the micro-CHP during the whole year. Moreover, criteria for sizing the system components of the micro-CHP are specifically addressed. The developed methodology can be applied...... under difference climate conditions to ensure that it is well matched with the local heat-to-power ratio. The aim of this study is to investigate the optimal design and operation of a syngas-fuelled SOFC micro-CHP system for small households located in five different climate zones in China. The ability...... of the micro-CHP to cover the heat and electricity demand of a 70 m2 single-family apartment with an average number of occupants of 3 is evaluated. A detailed model of the micro-CHP unit coupled with a hot water storage tank and an auxiliary boiler is developed. System design trade-offs are discussed...

  4. Distributed power generation using biogas fuelled microturbines

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    Pointon, K.; Langan, M.

    2002-07-01

    This research sought to analyse the market for small scale biogas fuelled distributed power generation, to demonstrate the concept of a biogas fuelled microturbine using the Capstone microturbine in conjunction with an anaerobic digester, and undertake a technico-economic evaluation of the biogas fuelled microturbine concept. Details are given of the experimental trials using continuous and batch digesters, and feedstocks ranging from cow and pig slurries to vegetable wastes and municipal solid waste. The yields of methane are discussed along with the successful operation of the microturbine with biogas fuels, and anaerobic digestion projects.

  5. Optimal design and operation of a syngas-fuelled SOFC micro CHP system for residential applications in different climate zones in China

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    Yang, Wenyuan; Zhao, Yingru; Liso, Vincenzo; Brandon, Nigel

    2014-01-01

    Fuel cell based micro-CHP systems are expected to be one of the most promising technologies for implementation in the residential sector. Since the design and operation of such CHP systems are greatly dependent upon the seasonal atmospheric conditions, it is important to evaluate their performance under difference climate conditions to ensure that it is well matched with the local heat-to-power ratio. The aim of this study is to investigate the optimal design and operation of a syngas-fuelled...

  6. MICRO-CHP System for Residential Applications

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    Joseph Gerstmann

    2009-01-31

    This is the final report of progress under Phase I of a project to develop and commercialize a micro-CHP system for residential applications that provides electrical power, heating, and cooling for the home. This is the first phase of a three-phase effort in which the residential micro-CHP system will be designed (Phase I), developed and tested in the laboratory (Phase II); and further developed and field tested (Phase III). The project team consists of Advanced Mechanical Technology, Inc. (AMTI), responsible for system design and integration; Marathon Engine Systems, Inc. (MES), responsible for design of the engine-generator subsystem; AO Smith, responsible for design of the thermal storage and water heating subsystems; Trane, a business of American Standard Companies, responsible for design of the HVAC subsystem; and AirXchange, Inc., responsible for design of the mechanical ventilation and dehumidification subsystem.

  7. Micro-CHP Systems for Residential Applications

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    Timothy DeValve; Benoit Olsommer

    2007-09-30

    Integrated micro-CHP (Cooling, Heating and Power) system solutions represent an opportunity to address all of the following requirements at once: conservation of scarce energy resources, moderation of pollutant release into our environment, and assured comfort for home-owners. The objective of this effort was to establish strategies for development, demonstration, and sustainable commercialization of cost-effective integrated CHP systems for residential applications. A unified approach to market and opportunity identification, technology assessment, specific system designs, adaptation to modular product platform component conceptual designs was employed. UTRC's recommendation to U.S. Department of Energy is to go ahead with the execution of the proposed product development and commercialization strategy plan under Phase II of this effort. Recent indicators show the emergence of micro-CHP. More than 12,000 micro-CHP systems have been sold worldwide so far, around 7,500 in 2004. Market projections predict a world-wide market growth over 35% per year. In 2004 the installations were mainly in Europe (73.5%) and in Japan (26.4%). The market in North-America is almost non-existent (0.1%). High energy consumption, high energy expenditure, large spark-spread (i.e., difference between electricity and fuel costs), big square footage, and high income are the key conditions for market acceptance. Today, these conditions are best found in the states of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, New England states. A multiple stage development plan is proposed to address risk mitigation. These stages include concept development and supplier engagement, component development, system integration, system demonstration, and field trials. A two stage commercialization strategy is suggested based on two product versions. The first version--a heat and power system named Micro-Cogen, provides the heat and essential electrical power to the

  8. Micro-CHP Systems for Residential Applications

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    Timothy DeValve; Benoit Olsommer

    2007-09-30

    Integrated micro-CHP (Cooling, Heating and Power) system solutions represent an opportunity to address all of the following requirements at once: conservation of scarce energy resources, moderation of pollutant release into our environment, and assured comfort for home-owners. The objective of this effort was to establish strategies for development, demonstration, and sustainable commercialization of cost-effective integrated CHP systems for residential applications. A unified approach to market and opportunity identification, technology assessment, specific system designs, adaptation to modular product platform component conceptual designs was employed. UTRC's recommendation to U.S. Department of Energy is to go ahead with the execution of the proposed product development and commercialization strategy plan under Phase II of this effort. Recent indicators show the emergence of micro-CHP. More than 12,000 micro-CHP systems have been sold worldwide so far, around 7,500 in 2004. Market projections predict a world-wide market growth over 35% per year. In 2004 the installations were mainly in Europe (73.5%) and in Japan (26.4%). The market in North-America is almost non-existent (0.1%). High energy consumption, high energy expenditure, large spark-spread (i.e., difference between electricity and fuel costs), big square footage, and high income are the key conditions for market acceptance. Today, these conditions are best found in the states of New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, New England states. A multiple stage development plan is proposed to address risk mitigation. These stages include concept development and supplier engagement, component development, system integration, system demonstration, and field trials. A two stage commercialization strategy is suggested based on two product versions. The first version--a heat and power system named Micro-Cogen, provides the heat and essential electrical power to the

  9. Effects of fuel processing methods on industrial scale biogas-fuelled solid oxide fuel cell system for operating in wastewater treatment plants

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    Farhad, Siamak; Yoo, Yeong; Hamdullahpur, Feridun

    The performance of three solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) systems, fuelled by biogas produced through anaerobic digestion (AD) process, for heat and electricity generation in wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) is studied. Each system has a different fuel processing method to prevent carbon deposition over the anode catalyst under biogas fuelling. Anode gas recirculation (AGR), steam reforming (SR), and partial oxidation (POX) are the methods employed in systems I-III, respectively. A planar SOFC stack used in these systems is based on the anode-supported cells with Ni-YSZ anode, YSZ electrolyte and YSZ-LSM cathode, operated at 800 °C. A computer code has been developed for the simulation of the planar SOFC in cell, stack and system levels and applied for the performance prediction of the SOFC systems. The key operational parameters affecting the performance of the SOFC systems are identified. The effect of these parameters on the electrical and CHP efficiencies, the generated electricity and heat, the total exergy destruction, and the number of cells in SOFC stack of the systems are studied. The results show that among the SOFC systems investigated in this study, the AGR and SR fuel processor-based systems with electrical efficiency of 45.1% and 43%, respectively, are suitable to be applied in WWTPs. If the entire biogas produced in a WWTP is used in the AGR or SR fuel processor-based SOFC system, the electricity and heat required to operate the WWTP can be completely self-supplied and the extra electricity generated can be sold to the electrical grid.

  10. Hybrid Solid Oxide Fuel Cell and Thermoelectric Generator for Maximum Power Output in Micro-CHP Systems

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    Rosendahl, L. A.; Mortensen, Paw V.; Enkeshafi, Ali A.

    2011-05-01

    One of the most obvious early market applications for thermoelectric generators (TEG) is decentralized micro combined heat and power (CHP) installations of 0.5 kWe to 5 kWe based on fuel cell technology. Through the use of TEG technology for waste heat recovery it is possible to increase the electricity production in micro-CHP systems by more than 15%, corresponding to system electrical efficiency increases of some 4 to 5 percentage points. This will make fuel cell-based micro-CHP systems very competitive and profitable and will also open opportunities in a number of other potential business and market segments which are not yet quantified. This paper quantifies a micro-CHP system based on a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) and a high-performance TE generator. Based on a 3 kW fuel input, the hybrid SOFC implementation boosts electrical output from 945 W to 1085 W, with 1794 W available for heating purposes.

  11. Hybrid Solid Oxide Fuel Cell and Thermoelectric Generator for Maximum Power Output in Micro-CHP Systems

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    Rosendahl, Lasse; Mortensen, Paw Vestergård; Enkeshafi, Ali A.

    2011-01-01

    and market segments which are not yet quantified. This paper quantifies a micro-CHP system based on a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) and a high-performance TE generator. Based on a 3 kW fuel input, the hybrid SOFC implementation boosts electrical output from 945 W to 1085 W, with 1794 W available for heating......One of the most obvious early market applications for thermoelectric generators (TEG) is decentralized micro combined heat and power (CHP) installations of 0.5 kWe to 5 kWe based on fuel cell technology. Through the use of TEG technology for waste heat recovery it is possible to increase...... the electricity production in micro-CHP systems by more than 15%, corresponding to system electrical efficiency increases of some 4 to 5 percentage points. This will make fuel cell-based micro-CHP systems very competitive and profitable and will also open opportunities in a number of other potential business...

  12. Development of a fuel flexible, air-regulated, modular, and electrically integrated SOFC-system (FlameSOFC)

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    Voss, S.; Trimis, D. [TU Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany). Inst. of Thermal Engineering; Valldorf, J. [VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH (Germany)

    2010-07-01

    The present paper summarizes experimental results from the operation of the SOFC based micro-CHP unit developed within the framework of the project FlameSOFC. The project is co-financed by the European Commission as an Integrated Project within the 6{sup th} framework program. The objective is the development of an innovative SOFC-based micro-CHP system capable of operating with different gaseous and liquid fuels and fulfilling the technological and market requirements at a European level. The partners involved in the FlameSOFC project bring together a sufficient number of important European actors on the scientific, research and industry level including SMEs and industrial partners from the heating sector. The presented work concerns the operation of the 2{sup nd} phase prototype FlameSOFC system, with a 1 kW{sub el.} SOFC stack and natural gas as feedstock. (orig.)

  13. A price mechanism for supply demand matching in local grid of households with micro-CHP

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    Larsen, G.K.H.; van Foreest, N.D.; Scherpen, J.M.A.

    2012-01-01

    This paper describes a dynamic price mechanism to coordinate eletric power generation from micro Combined Heat and Power (micro-CHP) systems in a network of households. It is assumed that the households are prosumers, i.e. both producers and consumers of electricity. The control is done on household

  14. Performance comparison between partial oxidation and methane steam for SOFC micro-CHP systems

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    Liso, Vincenzo; Olesen, Anders Christian; Nielsen, Mads Pagh;

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this research work is to describe in qualitative and quantitative form the performance of a micro Combined Heat and Power system for residential application based on Solid Oxide Fuel Cell fueled by natural gas with two different types of pre-reforming systems, namely Steam Reforming...... and Partial Oxidation and recirculation of anode and cathode gas. The comparative analysis among the different configurations will lead us to conclude that maximum efficiency is achieved when cathode and anode gas recirculation are used along with steam methane reforming. Further Steam Methane Reforming...... process produces a higher electrical system efficiency compared to Partial oxidation reforming process. Efficiency is affected when running the system in part load mode mainly due to heat loss, additional natural gas supplied to the burner to satisfy the required heat demand inside the system, and ejector...

  15. Research, Development and Demonstration of Micro-CHP System for Residential Applications

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    Karl Mayer

    2010-03-31

    ECR International and its joint venture company, Climate Energy, are at the forefront of the effort to deliver residential-scale combined heat and power (Micro-CHP) products to the USA market. Part of this substantial program is focused on the development of a new class of steam expanders that offers the potential for significantly lower costs for small-scale power generation technology. The heart of this technology is the scroll expander, a machine that has revolutionized the HVAC refrigerant compressor industry in the last 15 years. The liquid injected cogeneration (LIC) technology is at the core of the efforts described in this report, and remains an excellent option for low cost Micro-CHP systems. ECR has demonstrated in several prototype appliances that the concept for LIC can be made into a practical product. The continuing challenge is to identify economical scroll machine designs that will meet the performance and endurance requirements needed for a long life appliance application. This report describes the numerous advances made in this endeavor by ECR International. Several important advances are described in this report. Section 4 describes a marketing and economics study that integrates the technical performance of the LIC system with real-world climatic data and economic analysis to assess the practical impact that different factors have on the economic application of Micro-CHP in residential applications. Advances in the development of a working scroll steam expander are discussed in Section 5. A rigorous analytical assessment of the performance of scroll expanders, including the difficult to characterize impact of pocket to pocket flank leakage, is presented in Section 5.1. This is followed with an FEA study of the thermal and pressure induced deflections that would result from the normal operation of an advanced scroll expander. Section 6 describes the different scroll expanders and test fixtures developed during this effort. Another key technical

  16. Thermodynamic Performance Analysis of a Biogas-Fuelled Micro-Gas Turbine with a Bottoming Organic Rankine Cycle for Sewage Sludge and Food Waste Treatment Plants

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    Sunhee Kim

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available In the Republic of Korea, efficient biogas-fuelled power systems are needed to use the excess biogas that is currently burned due to a lack of suitable power technology. We examined the performance of a biogas-fuelled micro-gas turbine (MGT system and a bottoming organic Rankine cycle (ORC. The MGT provides robust operation with low-grade biogas, and the exhaust can be used for heating the biodigester. Similarly, the bottoming ORC generates additional power output with the exhaust gas. We selected a 1000-kW MGT for four co-digestion plants with 28,000-m3 capacity. A 150-kW ORC system was selected for the MGT exhaust gas. We analysed the effects of the system size, methane concentration, and ORC operating conditions. Based on the system performance, we analysed the annual performance of the MGT with a combined heat and power (CHP system, bottoming ORC, or both a bottoming ORC and CHP system. The annual net power outputs for each system were 7.4, 8.5, and 9.0 MWh per year, respectively.

  17. Modeling and simulation of a residential micro-CHP system based on HT-PEMFC technology

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    Arsalis, Alexandros; Nielsen, Mads Pagh; Kær, Søren Knudsen

    2009-01-01

    Combined-heat-and-power (CHP) technology is a well known and proved method to produce simultaneously power and heat at high efficiencies. This can be further improved by the introduction of a novel micro-CHP residential system based on High Temperature-Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (HT-PEMFC...... is simulated in LabVIEW environment to provide the ability of Data Acquisition of actual components and thereby more realistic design in the future....

  18. Mississippi State University Cooling, Heating, and Power (Micro-CHP) and Bio-Fuel Center

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    Mago, Pedro [Mississippi State Univ., Mississippi State, MS (United States); Newell, LeLe [Mississippi State Univ., Mississippi State, MS (United States)

    2014-01-31

    Between 2008 and 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy funded the MSU Micro-CHP and Bio-Fuel Center located at Mississippi State University. The overall objective of this project was to enable micro-CHP (micro-combined heat and power) utilization, to facilitate and promote the use of CHP systems and to educate architects, engineers, and agricultural producers and scientists on the benefits of CHP systems. Therefore, the work of the Center focused on the three areas: CHP system modeling and optimization, outreach, and research. In general, the results obtained from this project demonstrated that CHP systems are attractive because they can provide energy, environmental, and economic benefits. Some of these benefits include the potential to reduce operational cost, carbon dioxide emissions, primary energy consumption, and power reliability during electric grid disruptions. The knowledge disseminated in numerous journal and conference papers from the outcomes of this project is beneficial to engineers, architects, agricultural producers, scientists and the public in general who are interested in CHP technology and applications. In addition, more than 48 graduate students and 23 undergraduate students, benefited from the training and research performed in the MSU Micro-CHP and Bio-Fuel Center.

  19. Changes of the thermodynamic parameters in failure conditions of the micro-CHP cycle

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    Matysko Robert

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the calculations for the failure conditions of the ORC (organic Rankine cycle cycle in the electrical power system. It analyses the possible reasons of breakdown, such as the electrical power loss or the automatic safety valve failure. The micro-CHP (combined heat and power system should have maintenance-free configuration, which means that the user does not have to be acquainted with all the details of the ORC system operation. However, the system should always be equipped with the safety control systems allowing for the immediate turn off of the ORC cycle in case of any failure. In case of emergency, the control system should take over the safety tasks and protect the micro-CHP system from damaging. Although, the control systems are able to respond quickly to the CHP system equipped with the inertial systems, the negative effects of failure are unavoidable and always remain for some time. Moreover, the paper presents the results of calculations determining the inertia for the micro-CHP system of the circulating ORC pump, heat removal pump (cooling condenser and the heat supply pump in failure conditions.

  20. Micro Cooling, Heating, and Power (Micro-CHP) and Bio-Fuel Center, Mississippi State University

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    Louay Chamra

    2008-09-26

    Initially, most micro-CHP systems will likely be designed as constant-power output or base-load systems. This implies that at some point the power requirement will not be met, or that the requirement will be exceeded. Realistically, both cases will occur within a 24-hour period. For example, in the United States, the base electrical load for the average home is approximately 2 kW while the peak electrical demand is slightly over 4 kW. If a 3 kWe micro- CHP system were installed in this situation, part of the time more energy will be provided than could be used and for a portion of the time more energy will be required than could be provided. Jalalzadeh-Azar [6] investigated this situation and presented a comparison of electrical- and thermal-load-following CHP systems. In his investigation he included in a parametric analysis addressing the influence of the subsystem efficiencies on the total primary energy consumption as well as an economic analysis of these systems. He found that an increase in the efficiencies of the on-site power generation and electrical equipment reduced the total monthly import of electricity. A methodology for calculating performance characteristics of different micro-CHP system components will be introduced in this article. Thermodynamic cycles are used to model each individual prime mover. The prime movers modeled in this article are a spark-ignition internal combustion engine (Otto cycle) and a diesel engine (Diesel cycle). Calculations for heat exchanger, absorption chiller, and boiler modeling are also presented. The individual component models are then linked together to calculate total system performance values. Performance characteristics that will be observed for each system include maximum fuel flow rate, total monthly fuel consumption, and system energy (electrical, thermal, and total) efficiencies. Also, whether or not both the required electrical and thermal loads can sufficiently be accounted for within the system

  1. A Study of a Diesel Engine Based Micro-CHP System

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    Krishna, C.R.; Andrews, J.; Tutu, N.; Butcher, T.

    2010-08-31

    This project, funded by New York State Energy Research and Development Agency (NYSERDA), investigated the potential for an oil-fired combined heat and power system (micro-CHP system) for potential use in residences that use oil to heat their homes. Obviously, this requires the power source to be one that uses heating oil (diesel). The work consisted of an experimental study using a diesel engine and an analytical study that examined potential energy savings and benefits of micro-CHP systems for 'typical' locations in New York State. A search for a small diesel engine disclosed that no such engines were manufactured in the U.S. A single cylinder engine manufactured in Germany driving an electric generator was purchased for the experimental work. The engine was tested using on-road diesel fuel (15 ppm sulfur), and biodiesel blends. One of the main objectives was to demonstrate the possibility of operation in the so-called HCCI (Homogeneous Charge Compression Ignition) mode. The HCCI mode of operation of engines is being explored as a way to reduce the emission of smoke, and NOx significantly without exhaust treatment. This is being done primarily in the context of engines used in transportation applications. However, it is felt that in a micro-CHP application using a single cylinder engine, such an approach would confer those emission benefits and would be much easier to implement. This was demonstrated successfully by injecting the fuel into the engine air intake using a heated atomizer made by Econox Technologies LLC to promote significant vaporization before entering the cylinder. Efficiency and emission measurements were made under different electrical loads provided by two space heaters connected to the generator in normal and HCCI modes of operation. The goals of the analytical work were to characterize, from the published literature, the prime-movers for micro-CHP applications, quantify parametrically the expected energy savings of using micro-CHP

  2. Modeling and parametric study of a 1 kWe HT-PEMFC-based residential micro-CHP system

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    Arsalis, Alexandros; Nielsen, Mads Pagh; Kær, Søren Knudsen

    2011-01-01

    A detailed thermodynamic, kinetic and geometric model of a micro-CHP (Combined-Heatand-Power) residential system based on High Temperature-Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (HT-PEMFC) technology is developed, implemented and validated. HT-PEMFC technology is investigated as a possible candidate...... for fuel cell-based residential micro-CHP systems, since it can operate at higher temperature than Nafion-based fuel cells, and therefore can reach higher cogeneration efficiencies. The proposed system can provide electric power, hot water, and space heating for a typical Danish single-family household...

  3. Research, Development and Demonstration of Micro-CHP Systems for Residential Applications - Phase I

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    Robert A. Zogg

    2011-03-14

    The objective of the Micro-CHP Phase I effort was to develop a conceptual design for a Micro-CHP system including: Defining market potential; Assessing proposed technology; Developing a proof-of-principle design; and Developing a commercialization strategy. TIAX LLC assembled a team to develop a Micro-CHP system that will provide electricity and heating. TIAX, the contractor and major cost-share provider, provided proven expertise in project management, prime-mover design and development, appliance development and commercialization, analysis of residential energy loads, technology assessment, and market analysis. Kohler Company, the manufacturing partner, is a highly regarded manufacturer of standby power systems and other residential products. Kohler provides a compellingly strong brand, along with the capabilities in product development, design, manufacture, distribution, sales, support, service, and marketing that only a manufacturer of Kohler's status can provide. GAMA, an association of appliance and equipment manufacturers, provided a critical understanding of appliance commercialization issues, including regulatory requirements, large-scale market acceptance issues, and commercialization strategies. The Propane Education & Research Council, a cost-share partner, provided cost share and aided in ensuring the fuel flexibility of the conceptual design. Micro-CHP systems being commercialized in Europe and Japan are generally designed to follow the household thermal load, and generate electricity opportunistically. In many cases, any excess electricity can be sold back to the grid (net metering). These products, however, are unlikely to meet the demands of the U.S. market. First, these products generally cannot provide emergency power when grid power is lost--a critical feature to market success in the U.S. Even those that can may have insufficient electric generation capacities to meet emergency needs for many U.S. homes. Second, the extent to which net

  4. Experimental investigation of domestic micro-CHP based on the gas boiler fitted with ORC module

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    Wajs Jan

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available The results of investigations conducted on the prototype of vapour driven micro-CHP unit integrated with a gas boiler are presented. The system enables cogeneration of heat and electric energy to cover the energy demand of a household. The idea of such system is to produce electricity for own demand or for selling it to the electric grid – in such situation the system user will became the prosumer. A typical commercial gas boiler, additionally equipped with an organic Rankine cycle (ORC module based on environmentally acceptable working fluid can be regarded as future generation unit. In the paper the prototype of innovative domestic cogenerative ORC system, consisting of a conventional gas boiler and a small size axial vapour microturbines (in-house designed for ORC and the commercially available for Rankine cycle (RC, evaporator and condenser were scrutinised. In the course of study the fluid working temperatures, rates of heat, electricity generation and efficiency of the whole system were obtained. The tested system could produce electricity in the amount of 1 kWe. Some preliminary tests were started with water as working fluid and the results for that case are also presented. The investigations showed that domestic gas boiler was able to provide the saturated/superheated ethanol vapour (in the ORC system and steam (in the RC system as working fluids.

  5. Experimental investigation of domestic micro-CHP based on the gas boiler fitted with ORC module

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    Wajs, Jan; Mikielewicz, Dariusz; Bajor, Michał; Kneba, Zbigniew

    2016-09-01

    The results of investigations conducted on the prototype of vapour driven micro-CHP unit integrated with a gas boiler are presented. The system enables cogeneration of heat and electric energy to cover the energy demand of a household. The idea of such system is to produce electricity for own demand or for selling it to the electric grid - in such situation the system user will became the prosumer. A typical commercial gas boiler, additionally equipped with an organic Rankine cycle (ORC) module based on environmentally acceptable working fluid can be regarded as future generation unit. In the paper the prototype of innovative domestic cogenerative ORC system, consisting of a conventional gas boiler and a small size axial vapour microturbines (in-house designed for ORC and the commercially available for Rankine cycle (RC)), evaporator and condenser were scrutinised. In the course of study the fluid working temperatures, rates of heat, electricity generation and efficiency of the whole system were obtained. The tested system could produce electricity in the amount of 1 kWe. Some preliminary tests were started with water as working fluid and the results for that case are also presented. The investigations showed that domestic gas boiler was able to provide the saturated/superheated ethanol vapour (in the ORC system) and steam (in the RC system) as working fluids.

  6. Modeling and optimization of a 1 kWe HT-PEMFC-based micro-CHP residential system

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    Arsalis, Alexandros; Nielsen, Mads Pagh; Kær, Søren Knudsen

    2012-01-01

    A high temperature-proton exchange membrane (HT-PEMFC)-based micro-combined-heat-and-power (CHP) residential system is designed and optimized, using a genetic algorithm (GA) optimization strategy. The proposed system consists of a fuel cell stack, steam methane reformer (SMR) reactor, water gas...... shift (WGS) reactor, heat exchangers, and other balance-of-plant (BOP) components. The objective function of the single-objective optimization strategy is the net electrical efficiency of the micro-CHP system. The implemented optimization procedure attempts to maximize the objective function...

  7. Designing and optimization of a micro CHP system based on Solid Oxide Fuel Cell with different fuel processing technologies

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    Liso, Vincenzo; Nielsen, Mads Pagh; Kær, Søren Knudsen

    2009-01-01

    (SMR) and partial oxidation (CPO) will be investigated for each configuration. The internal reforming will be also considered for its ability to reduce the stack temperature and decrease the need of cooling air. Finally, optimization criteria for SOFC systems applied to single-family detached dwellings...... are the possibility to partially reform hydrocarbon in the fuel cell anode compartment and the possibility to use high quality heat for cogeneration. In this work, different configurations of solid oxide fuel cell system for decentralized electricity production are examined. The Balance of Plant (BoP) components...... of the Micro Combined Heat and Power plant (mCHP) will be identified including fuel and air supply, fuel management anode re-circulation, exhaust gas heat management, power conditioning and control system. Using mass and energy balance, different types of fuel reforming including steam reforming...

  8. Modeling and off-design performance of a 1 kWe HT-PEMFC (high temperature-proton exchange membrane fuel cell)-based residential micro-CHP (combined-heat-and-power) system for Danish single-family households

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    Arsalis, Alexandros; Nielsen, Mads Pagh; Kær, Søren Knudsen

    2011-01-01

    BOP (balance-of-plant) components, is modeled and coupled to the fuel cell stack subsystem. The micro-CHP system is simulated in LabVIEW environment to provide the ability of Data Acquisition of actual components and thereby more realistic design in the future. A part-load study has been conducted...

  9. Operation cost and carbon emission reduction analysis of micro-CHP systems in Guangzhou%广州地区应用微型热电联产系统的运行成本及碳减排分析

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    解东来; 骆锦辉; 单杰; 聂廷哲

    2016-01-01

    Operation cost and carbon emission reduction are analyzed when four kinds of micro-CHP prod-ucts are applied in Guangzhou.Moreover,the influence of different electricity and gas prices on operation cost was analyzed.The result shows that Ene-Farm has the minimum operation cost with the cost saving ratio reached 14.8%,Ene-Farm Type S has an excellent carbon emission reduction performance with the CO2 emissions reduction ratio reached 37.3%.The sensitivity analysis shows the operation cost of micro-CHP will decrease with the rise of electricity price and the reduction of gas price.%分别考察了广州典型家庭在使用4种不同技术的微型热电联产产品(Ene-Farm、Ene-Farm Type S、Ecowill、WhisperGen)时的运行成本与碳减排效果,并分析电价、气价变化对运行成本的影响.结果表明,Ene-Farm的运行成本最低,经济节约指数达14.8%,Ene-Farm Type S的碳减排效果最好,二氧化碳减排指数达37.3%.灵敏度分析表明,微型热电联产系统的运行成本随着电价的升高、气价的降低而降低.

  10. SOFC Cathode Mechanisms

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    Jacobsen, Torben; Zachau-Christiansen, Birgit; Bay, Lasse

    1996-01-01

    The transient response of SOFC oxygen cathodes shows a characteristic inductive hysteresis and correspondingly the impedance diagram combines one or two capacitive arcs with a low frequency inductive arc. These features are discussed on the basis of a three step reaction sequence taken from...

  11. SOFC interface studies

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    Jacobsen, Torben; Bay, Lasse; West, Keld;

    performance and inductive hysteresis phenomena often observed in SOFC kinetic studies (\\ref{TJ01}). Fig.\\,\\ref{cath_laser} shows the YSZ surface developed below a Pt point electrode polarised at -0.10\\, V at $1000^\\circ$C for a period of 85 days. The structural as well as the compositional changes...

  12. SOFC micromodelling, an International Energy Agency SOFC task report

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    Dubal, L. (ed.); Bossel, U.G.

    1992-05-15

    The report covers the following themes: gas diffusion in pores, effects of Ni and ZrO2 on anode performance, morphological optimization of a SOFC anode, experimental determination of kinetic rate data for SOFC anodes, effective resistance of an electrolytic membrane, cathodic O[sub 2] reduction impedance at a known three phase boundary length, oxygen stoichiometry and transport in LSM. A directory of the participants in the SOFC micromodelling activity is given. figs., tabs., refs.

  13. Demand Response With Micro-CHP Systems

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    Houwing, M.; Negenborn, R.R.; De Schutter, B.

    2011-01-01

    With the increasing application of distributed energy resources and novel information technologies in the electricity infrastructure, innovative possibilities to incorporate the demand side more actively in power system operation are enabled. A promising, controllable, residential distributed genera

  14. Progress in understanding SOFC electrodes

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    Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg; Hansen, Karin Vels; Jørgensen, M.J.;

    2002-01-01

    The literature of SOFC electrode kinetics and mechanisms is full of contradicting details in case of both the SOFC anode and cathode processes. Only weak patterns may be identified. One interpretation is that each of the reported data sets reflects a laboratory specific nature of each...... and synthesis procedures. The paper deals with the available evidence and gives some possible explanations of observed phenomena, e.g. of the various reported effects of water and of the temperature dependence of H/D isotope effect on the SOFC anode. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved....

  15. SOFC and Gas Separation Membranes

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    Hagen, Anke; Hendriksen, Peter Vang; Søgaard, Martin

    2009-01-01

    , increase the efficiency of power production processes from fossil fuels and also to consider carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) convert the chemical energy bound in a fuel directly into electrical energy at temperatures ranging from 600 to 1000 oC, depending...... on the materials used in the SOFCs. Due to the high efficiencies, the amount of CO2 emitted from carbon containing fuels is smaller compared to conventional energy production technologies based on fuel combustion. Furthermore, CO2 is formed at the anode side of the fuel cell together with steam, and thus separated...... as SOFCs. Such membranes can potentially be used in Oxyfuel processes as well as in IGCC (Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle) power plants for supply of process oxygen, which may reduce cost of carbon capture and storage as dilution of the flue gas with nitrogen is avoided. Both technologies are very...

  16. Towards Multi Fuel SOFC Plant

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    Rokni, Masoud; Clausen, Lasse Røngaard; Bang-Møller, Christian

    2011-01-01

    Complete Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) plants fed by several different fuels are suggested and analyzed. The plants sizes are about 10 kW which is suitable for single family house with needs for both electricity and heat. Alternative fuels such as, methanol, DME (Di-Methyl Ether) and ethanol...... are also considered and the results will be compared with the base plant fed by Natural Gas (NG). A single plant design will be suggested that can be fed with methanol, DME and ethanol whenever these fuels are available. It will be shown that the plant fed by ethanol will have slightly higher electrical...... efficiency compared with other fuels. A methanator will be suggested to be included into the plants design in order to produce methane from the fuel before entering the anode side of the SOFC stacks. Increasing methane content will decrease the needed compressor effect and thereby increase the plant power....

  17. HYDROCARBON AND SULFUR SENSORS FOR SOFC SYSTEMS

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    A.M. Azad; Chris Holt; Todd Lesousky; Scott Swartz

    2003-11-01

    The following report summarizes work conducted during the Phase I program Hydrocarbon and Sulfur Sensors for SOFC Systems under contract No. DE-FC26-02NT41576. For the SOFC application, sensors are required to monitor hydrocarbons and sulfur in order to increase the operation life of SOFC components. This report discusses the development of two such sensors, one based on thick film approach for sulfur monitoring and the second galvanic based for hydrocarbon monitoring.

  18. DK-SOFC b, long-term SOFC development. Final report; DK-SOFC b, langsigtet SOFC udvikling. Slutrapport

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    Mogensen, M.

    2002-08-01

    The project was carried out as a part of DK-SOFC 2000 - 20004. The DK-SOFC b line is targeted towards: 1) decrease of the operation temperature without increasing the area specific resistance, 2) increase of the robustness of the cell, 3) better understanding of mechanisms. The planned activities in the EFP 2001 project were: Cell test under extreme conditions, development and analysis of contacting, stability towards redox and thermal cycling, improvements of methods, development of materials and components. The work was carried out approximately as planned. Some significant results are: An anode-supported cell with low internal resistance and good durability at 850 deg. C has been developed. Contacting of ceramics to ceramics and to metallic interconnect was investigated. There are problems in obtaining stable contact. Poisoning of the cathode by chromium oxide was followed over prolonged periods, and also here problems were encountered. The results emphasize the importance of decreasing the operation temperature of SOFC further, down to the range of 550 - 650 deg. C. New promising materials for electrodes have been synthesized. (au)

  19. Ammonia as efficient fuel for SOFC

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    Fuerte, A.; Valenzuela, R.X.; Escudero, M.J. [CIEMAT, Departamento de Energia, Av. Complutense 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Daza, L. [CIEMAT, Departamento de Energia, Av. Complutense 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquimica (CSIC), C/Marie Curie 2, Campus Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2009-07-01

    Ammonia is a possible candidate as the fuel for SOFCs. In this work, the influence on the performance of a tubular SOFC running on ammonia is studied. Analysis of open circuit voltages (OCVs) on the cell indicated the oxidation of ammonia within a SOFC is a two-stage process: decomposition of the inlet ammonia into nitrogen and hydrogen, followed by oxidation of hydrogen to water. For comparison, cell was also tested with hydrogen as the fuel and air as oxidant at different temperatures showing a similar behaviour. The performance of the cell tested under various conditions shows the high potential of ammonia as fuel for SOFCs. (author)

  20. Fundamental researches of SOFC in Russia

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    Demin, A.K.; Neuimin, A.D.; Perfiliev, M.V. [Institute of High Temperatures Electrochemistry, Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation)

    1996-04-01

    The main results of research on ZrO{sub 2}-based solid electrolytes, electrodes and interconnects are reviewed. The mathematical models of the processes in SOFC are considered. Two types of SOFC stacks composed of tubular and block cells, as well the results of their tests are described.

  1. The ways of SOFC systems efficiency increasing

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    Demin, A.K.; Timofeyeva, N.

    1996-04-01

    The efficiency of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) is described. This paper considers methods to lift the fuel utilization and/or the average cell voltage with the goal of increasing the cell efficiency by improved cell designs.

  2. Development of Residential SOFC Cogeneration System

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    Ono, Takashi; Miyachi, Itaru; Suzuki, Minoru; Higaki, Katsuki

    2011-06-01

    Since 2001 Kyocera has been developing 1kW class Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) for power generation system. We have developed a cell, stack, module and system. Since 2004, Kyocera and Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. have been developed SOFC residential co-generation system. From 2007, we took part in the "Demonstrative Research on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells" Project conducted by New Energy Foundation (NEF). Total 57 units of 0.7kW class SOFC cogeneration systems had been installed at residential houses. In spite of residential small power demand, the actual electric efficiency was about 40%(netAC,LHV), and high CO2 reduction performance was achieved by these systems. Hereafter, new joint development, Osaka Gas, Toyota Motors, Kyocera and Aisin Seiki, aims early commercialization of residential SOFC CHP system.

  3. The integrated project SOFC600 development of low-temperature SOFC

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    Rietveld, B.; Van Berkel, F.; Zhang-Steenwinkel, Y.;

    2009-01-01

    The Integrated Project SOFC600 unites 21 partners jointly working on the research and development of SOFC stack components for operation at 600oC. The project is funded by the European Commission within the 6th Framework Programme. Low-temperature operation is considered essential for achieving...

  4. Development of Next Generation micro-CHP System

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    Arsalis, Alexandros

    topics: (a) Modeling, simulation and validation of the system in LabVIEW environment to provide the ability of Data Acquisition of actual components, and thereby more realistic design in the future; (b) Modeling, parametric study, and sensitivity analysis of the system in EES (Engineering Equation Solver...

  5. Possible Future SOFC - ST Based Power Plants

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    Rokni, Masoud; Scappin, Fabio

    2009-01-01

    Hybrid systems consisting Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) on the top of a Steam Turbine (ST) are investigated. The plants are fired by natural gas. A desulfurization reactor removes the sulfur content in the NG while a pre-reformer break down the heavier hydrocarbons. The pre-treated fuel enters...... then into the anode side of the SOFC. The gases from the SOFC stacks enter into a burner to burn the rest of the fuel. The off-gases now enter into a heat recovery steam generator to produce steam for a Rankine cycle. Different system setups are considered. Cyclic efficiencies up to 67% are achieved which...... is considerably more than the conventional combined cycles (CC). Both ASR (Adiabatic Steam Reformer) and CPO (Catalytic Partial Oxidation) fuel reformer reactors are considered in this study....

  6. Recent Development of SOFC Metallic Interconnect

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    Wu JW, Liu XB

    2010-04-01

    Interest in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) stems from their higher e±ciencies and lower levels of emitted pollu- tants, compared to traditional power production methods. Interconnects are a critical part in SOFC stacks, which connect cells in series electrically, and also separate air or oxygen at the cathode side from fuel at the anode side. Therefore, the requirements of interconnects are the most demanding, i:e:, to maintain high elec- trical conductivity, good stability in both reducing and oxidizing atmospheres, and close coe±cient of thermal expansion (CTE) match and good compatibility with other SOFC ceramic components. The paper reviewed the interconnect materials, and coatings for metallic interconnect materials.

  7. Application of Glass Sealant for SOFC

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    Piao Jinhua; Sun Kening; Zhang Naiqing; Zhou Derui

    2004-01-01

    Glass and glass-ceramic materials were investigated as SOFC seals at 800 ~ 850 ℃. The material was based on the glass and glass-ceramic in the BaO-CaO-Al2O3-SiO2-La2O3-B2O3 system. The sealant has a minimum thermal expansion mismatch with yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ)electrolyte and Ni/gYSZ for the anode. The sealant has a superior stability during the process of operation in SOFC and can withstand thermal shock during the process of thermal cycling. The results show that the BaO-CaO-Al2O3-SiO2-La2O3-B2O3 system sealant can be used as sealing materials for SOFC.

  8. Development of Osaka gas type planar SOFC

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    Iha, M.; Shiratori, A.; Chikagawa, O. [Murata Mfg. Co., Ltd., Shiga (Japan)] [and others

    1996-12-31

    Osaka Gas Co. has been developing a planar type SOFC (OG type SOFC) which has a suitable structure for stacking. Murata Mfg. Co. has begun to develop the OG type SOFC stack through joint program since 1993. Figure 1 shows OG type cell structure. Because each cell is sustained by cell holders acting air manifold, the load of upper cell is not put on the lower cells. Single cell is composed of 3-layered membrane and LaCrO{sub 3} separator. 5 single cells are mounted on the cell holder, connected with Ni felt electrically, and bonded by glassy material sealant. We call the 5-cell stack a unit. Stacking 13 units, we succeeded 870 W generation in 1993. But the power density was low, 0.11 Wcm{sup -2} because of crack in the electrolyte and gas leakage at some cells.

  9. Sonochemistry in the service of SOFC research.

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    Sakkas, Petros M; Schneider, Oliver; Sourkouni, Georgia; Argirusis, Christos

    2014-11-01

    Decoration of SOFC anode cermets with metal nanoparticles (NPs) enchance their ability and stability in natural gas to hydrogen reform. A novel sonoelectrochemical approach of Au-NPs synthesis (mean 12.31±2.69nm) is suggested, according to which the sonication is held constant while the electrochemical activity is either pulsed or continuous. The gold colloidal solution is cosonicated with state of the art cermet powder to yield particles decorated with Au-NPs. Nevertheless sonochemical routes of mixed molybdenum, rhenium or tungsten mixed oxides synthesis are utilized in order to decorate SOFC anode cermets. The decoration loading achieved spanned from 0.1 to 10.0wt.%.

  10. Hollow electrode loose plate SOFC design

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    Jaspers, B.C.; Dongen, B.A.M. van; Monaster, G.A. [Seed Capital Investments B.V., Utrecht (Netherlands); Roosmalen, J.A.M. van; Plaisier, K.H.; Schoonman, J. [Delft Univ. of Technology (Netherlands). Lab. for Applied Inorganic Chemistry

    1995-12-31

    A novel planar SOFC design is presented, based on the loose stacking of hollow electrode elements, conventional plate type electrolytes and interconnectors. This facilitates free thermal expansion during operation, and thermal cycling, thereby significantly improving prospects for reliable SOFC operation in power generation practice. Each individual element only consists of one material, eliminating the need for sealing and for matching thermal expansion coefficients of fuel cell components. Application of hollow electrodes results in an inherent manifolding of the gas streams eliminating the need for seals at the fuel cell stack itself. The design has been tested at laboratory scale and a small working prototype fuel cell has been successfully tested.

  11. Review of different renewable fuels for potential utilization in SOFCs

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    Paradis, H.; Andersson, M.; Yuan, J.; Sunden, B. [Lund Univ., Lund (Sweden). Dept. of Energy Sciences

    2010-07-01

    A literature review was carried out to enhance knowledge about alternative fuels for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). This paper outlined the materials and structure of SOFCs along with the possibilities involving SOFCs fed with different renewable fuels. The alternative fuels discussed in this study were methanol, ethanol, di-methyl-ether (DME), ammonia, biogas and and natural gas (methane). Finally, the different hydrogen-based fuels were compared and analyzed. Due to their high operating temperature and suitable catalyst material, SOFCs provide a good enough environment for renewable fuels. The development of new catalyst materials could help promote the use of alternative fuels in SOFCs, so they can better tolerate impurities and effectively reform the hydrocarbon fuels. The high cost for both SOFCs and the alternative fuels remains a concern for market implementation. It was concluded that although renewable fuels in SOFCs are promising and have shown good tendency as an energy provider, further research is still needed. 25 refs., 5 tabs.

  12. Status of the TMI SOFC system

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    Ruhl, R.C.; Petrik, M.A.; Cable, T.L. [Technology Management, Inc., Cleveland, OH (United States)

    1996-12-31

    TMI has completed preliminary engineering designs for complete 20kW SOFC systems modules for stationary distributed generation applications using pipeline natural gas [sponsored by Rochester Gas and Electric (Rochester, New York) and EPRI (Palo Alto, California)]. Subsystem concepts are currently being tested.

  13. Status of SOFC development at Siemens

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    Drenckhahn, W.; Blum, L.; Greiner, H. [Siemens AG, Erlangen (Germany)

    1996-12-31

    The Siemens SOFC development programme reached an important milestone in June 1995. A stack operating with hydrogen and oxygen produced a peak power of 10.7 kW at a current density of 0.7 A/cm{sup 2} and was running for more than 1400 hours. The SOFC configuration is based on a flat metal separator plate using the multiple cell array design. Improved PENs, functional layer and joining technique were implemented. Based on this concept, a 100 kW plant was designed The SOFC development at Siemens has been started in 1990 after a two years preparation phase. The first period with the goal of the demonstration of a 1 kW SOFC stack operation ended in 1993. This important milestone was finally reached in the begin of 1994. The second project phase with the final milestone of a 20 kW module operation will terminate at the end of 1996. This result will form a basis for the next phase in which a 50 to 100 kW pilot plant will be built and tested.

  14. SOFC system with integrated catalytic fuel processing

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    Finnerty, Caine; Tompsett, Geoff. A.; Kendall, Kevin; Ormerod, R. Mark

    In recent years, there has been much interest in the development of solid oxide fuel cell technology operating directly on hydrocarbon fuels. The development of a catalytic fuel processing system, which is integrated with the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) power source is outlined here. The catalytic device utilises a novel three-way catalytic system consisting of an in situ pre-reformer catalyst, the fuel cell anode catalyst and a platinum-based combustion catalyst. The three individual catalytic stages have been tested in a model catalytic microreactor. Both temperature-programmed and isothermal reaction techniques have been applied. Results from these experiments were used to design the demonstration SOFC unit. The apparatus used for catalytic characterisation can also perform in situ electrochemical measurements as described in previous papers [C.M. Finnerty, R.H. Cunningham, K. Kendall, R.M. Ormerod, Chem. Commun. (1998) 915-916; C.M. Finnerty, N.J. Coe, R.H. Cunningham, R.M. Ormerod, Catal. Today 46 (1998) 137-145]. This enabled the performance of the SOFC to be determined at a range of temperatures and reaction conditions, with current output of 290 mA cm -2 at 0.5 V, being recorded. Methane and butane have been evaluated as fuels. Thus, optimisation of the in situ partial oxidation pre-reforming catalyst was essential, with catalysts producing high H 2/CO ratios at reaction temperatures between 873 K and 1173 K being chosen. These included Ru and Ni/Mo-based catalysts. Hydrocarbon fuels were directly injected into the catalytic SOFC system. Microreactor measurements revealed the reaction mechanisms as the fuel was transported through the three-catalyst device. The demonstration system showed that the fuel processing could be successfully integrated with the SOFC stack.

  15. SOFC system with integrated catalytic fuel processing

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    Finnerty, C.; Tompsett, G.A.; Kendall, K.; Ormerod, R.M. [Birchall Centre for Inorganic Chemistry and Materials Science, Keele Univ. (United Kingdom)

    2000-03-01

    In recent years, there has been much interest in the development of solid oxide fuel cell technology operating directly on hydrocarbon fuels. The development of a catalytic fuel processing system, which is integrated with the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) power source is outlined here. The catalytic device utilises a novel three-way catalytic system consisting of an in situ pre-reformer catalyst, the fuel cell anode catalyst and a platinum-based combustion catalyst. The three individual catalytic stages have been tested in a model catalytic microreactor. Both temperature-programmed and isothermal reaction techniques have been applied. Results from these experiments were used to design the demonstration SOFC unit. The apparatus used for catalytic characterisation can also perform in situ electrochemical measurements as described in previous papers [C.M. Finnerty, R.H. Cunningham, K. Kendall, R.M. Ormerod, Chem. Commun. (1998) 915-916; C.M. Finnerty, N.J. Coe, R.H. Cunningham, R.M. Ormerod, Catal. Today 46 (1998) 137-145]. This enabled the performance of the SOFC to be determined at a range of temperatures and reaction conditions, with current output of 290 mA cm{sup -2} at 0.5 V, being recorded. Methane and butane have been evaluated as fuels. Thus, optimisation of the in situ partial oxidation pre-reforming catalyst was essential, with catalysts producing high H{sub 2}/CO ratios at reaction temperatures between 873 K and 1173 K being chosen. These included Ru and Ni/Mo-based catalysts. Hydrocarbon fuels were directly injected into the catalytic SOFC system. Microreactor measurements revealed the reaction mechanisms as the fuel was transported through the three-catalyst device. The demonstration system showed that the fuel processing could be successfully integrated with the SOFC stack. (orig.)

  16. Siemens SOFC Test Article and Module Design

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    Pierre, Joseph F.

    2011-03-31

    Preliminary design studies of the 95 kWe-class SOFC test article continue resulting in a stack architecture of that is 1/3 of 250 kWe-class SOFC advanced module. The 95 kWeclass test article is envisioned to house 20 bundles (eight cells per bundle) of Delta8 cells with an active length of 100 cm. Significant progress was made in the conceptual design of the internal recirculation loop. Flow analyses were initiated in order to optimize the bundle row length for the 250 kWeclass advanced module. A preferred stack configuration based on acceptable flow and thermal distributions was identified. Potential module design and analysis issues associated with pressurized operation were identified.

  17. Status of SOFC development at ECN

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    Huijsmans, J.P.P.; Jong, J.P. de; Heuveln, F.H. van; Berkel, F.P.F. van [Netherlands Energy Research Foundation, Petten (Netherlands)

    1995-12-31

    ECN is carrying out a materials development program for ceramic SOFC components together with two major system and stack developers in Europe. The development program has resulted in optimized, upscaled cells with an internal resistance of 0.3 Ohm.cm{sup 2}. Maximum sintered cell dimensions are in the order of 300--400 cm{sup 2} for respectively circular and rectangular cells. Manufacturing techniques are tape casting for the electrolyte and screen printing or tape casting for the electrodes. Between the metallic separator plate and the cells a ceramic, intermediate layer is applied, in order to improve electrical contact and to stabilize the interface between the stack components. Sealing of the cells is carried out with a glass gasket which is also made by tape casting. In addition, a component development program for low temperature (800 C) SOFC operation is carried out. Experimental data for cells and stacks are presented.

  18. Fabrication of planar SOFC components at ECN

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    Huijsmans, J.P.P.; Siewers, E.J.; Van Heuveln, F.H.; De Jong, J.P.

    1991-03-01

    ECN is involved in several R and D programs for the development and testing of ceramic materials and components for flat plate SOFC reactors. Tape casting is used as the technique to manufacture SOFC components. First, the zirconia electrolyte (8YSZ) is tape cast, densified by firing and characterized. Then, the anode (Ni/YSZ cermet) and cathode ((La,Sr)MnO{sub 3}) structures are applied. The thickness of the electrolyte is 100-150 micrometer and that of the electrodes 30 micrometer. Firing of the electrodes occurs in oxidizing atmospheres at temperatures that ensure bonding to the electrolyte, but prevent degradation of the microstructure or the formation of reaction products on the electrolyte/electrode interfaces. 4 figs., 9 refs., 1 tab.

  19. Development of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC)

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    Huijsmans, J.P.P.; Van Heuveln, F.H.; Van Berkel, F.P.F.

    1993-12-01

    A description is given of the work performed by the Netherlands Energy Research Foundation, Petten, Netherlands, during the period August 1990 - June 1993. The aim of the project is the development and demonstration of a flat plate, 1 kW SOFC reactor with a metal separator plate, using the 'multiple array cell concept' of Siemens. In the framework of this programme ECN has developed and tested optimized ceramic SOFC components with sizes between 5x5 and 10x10 cm2. For the manufacturing of the ceramic components ECN has used a tape casting technique. Optimized electrode structures with a large amount of three-phase boundaries at the electrolyte/electrode interface were developed. Power density of these cells was 0.7 W/cm2. 21 figs., 5 tabs., 13 refs.

  20. Status of SOFCo SOFC technology development

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    Privette, R.; Perna, M.A.; Kneidel, K. [SOFCo, Alliance, OH (United States)] [and others

    1996-12-31

    SOFCo, a Babcock & Wilcox/Ceramatec Research & Development Limited Partnership, is a collaborative research and development venture to develop technologies related to planar, solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). SOFCo has successfully demonstrated a kW-class, solid-oxide fuel cell module operating on pipeline natural gas. The SOFC system design integrates the air preheater and the fuel processor with the fuel cell stacks into a compact test unit; this is the platform for multi-kW modules. The cells, made of tape-cast zirconia electrolyte and conventional electrode materials, exhibit excel lent stability in single-cell tests approaching 40,000 hours of operation. Stack tests using 10-cm and 15-cm cells with ceramic interconnects also show good performance and stability in tests for many thousands of hours.

  1. SOFC Systems with Improved Reliability and Endurance

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    Ghezel-Ayagh, Hossein [Fuelcell Energy, Incorporated, Danbury, CT (United States)

    2015-12-31

    The overall goal of this U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sponsored project was the development of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) technology suitable for ultra-efficient central power generation systems utilizing coal and natural gas fuels and featuring greater than 90% carbon dioxide capture. The specific technical objective of this project was to demonstrate, via analyses and testing, progress towards adequate stack life (≥ 4 years) and stack performance stability (degradation rate ≤ 0.2% per 1000 hours) in a low-cost SOFC stack design. This final technical report summarizes the progress made during the project period of 27 months. Significant progress was made in the areas of cell and stack technology development, stack module development, sub-scale module tests, and Proof-of-Concept Module unit design, fabrication and testing. The work focused on cell and stack materials and designs, balance-of-plant improvements, and performance evaluation covering operating conditions and fuel compositions anticipated for commercially-deployed systems. In support of performance evaluation under commercial conditions, this work included the design, fabrication, siting, commissioning, and operation of a ≥ 50 kWe proof-of-concept module (PCM) power plant, based upon SOFC cell and stack technology developed to date by FuelCell Energy, Inc. (FCE) under the Office of Fossil Energy’s Solid Oxide Fuel Cells program. The PCM system was operated for at least 1000 hours on natural gas fuel at FCE’s facility. The factory cost of the SOFC stack was estimated to be at or below the DOE’s high-volume production cost target (2011 $).

  2. Mechanistic Enhancement of SOFC Cathode Durability

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    Wachsman, Eric [Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD (United States)

    2016-02-01

    Durability of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) under “real world” conditions is an issue for commercial deployment. In particular cathode exposure to moisture, CO2, Cr vapor (from interconnects and BOP), and particulates results in long-term performance degradation issues. Here, we have conducted a multi-faceted fundamental investigation of the effect of these contaminants on cathode performance degradation mechanisms in order to establish cathode composition/structures and operational conditions to enhance cathode durability.

  3. Efficiency of SOFC type fuel cells; Eficiencia de celulas combustiveis do tipo SOFC

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    Amaral, Alexandre Alves do; Matos, Francisco F.; Boaventura, Jaime S.; Benedicto, Joao Paulo S.; Alencar, Marcelo [Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA), Salvador, BA (Brazil). Inst. de Quimica. Dept. de Fisico-Quimica

    2006-07-01

    production of electric energy, mainly due to the fact that it is virtually no pollutant. Typically, the SOFC is constituted of at least seven distinct phases: fuel, anode, electrolyte substrate (separating the two electrodes), cathode, air, and electrical inter connectors (completing the electrical circuit). Thermodynamics clearly shows that electrochemical systems only can be reversible when homogeneous, what it is not case of the Sofc. Therefore, the application of equilibrium thermodynamics to these systems is incorrect. This work proposes that the Sofc can be better depicted from reactions between adsorbed species. The efficiency then is calculated as the ratio between the free energy of these reactions to the combustion heat. Thermodynamic parameter estimative is developed for the global and adsorbed species reactions. (author)

  4. Life cycle assessment of an SOFC/GT process

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    Olausson, Pernilla

    1999-06-01

    For the last few years much effort has been put into the research on different kinds of fuel cells, since these are considered to be both an efficient and environment friendly way to convert energy. The fuel cell studied here is the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) that works at a high temperature (800-1000 C) and today achieves a stand-alone electric efficiency of approximately 50%. When integrating the SOFC in a gas turbine process (SOFC/GT process) an efficiency of 70-75% can be reached. The SOFC and the SOFC/GT process are considered to be environment friendly regarding the discharges during operation. Especially formation of nitrogen oxides (NO{sub x}) is low since the SOFC temperatures are low compared to NO{sub x} formation temperatures. To study the whole environmental impact of the SOFC/GT process a life cycle assessment (LCA) is carried out to find the `hot spots` in the process` life cycle. Since the SOFC/GT process is under development today the collected data are mainly from literature and articles based on laboratory results. When performing the LCA only the SOFC-module and the gas turbine are included. A collection of data of all processes included, extraction of minerals, processing of raw material, production of the components, operation of the SOFC/GT process and transports between all these processes. These data are then added up and weighted in impact categories to evaluate the total environmental impact of the SOFC/GT process. All these steps are performed according to the ISO 14040-series. The stand-alone most contributing phase during the life cycle of the SOFC/GT process was found to be the production of the SOFC. All processes during the production of the SOFC are carried out under laboratory circumstances, which require more energy and materials than if the processes were commercialised and optimised. For the SOFC/GT process to be competitive with other energy converting processes regarding the discharges of emissions to the air, the use of

  5. High-Power Density SOFCs for Aviation Applications Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — As solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) approach commercialization, interest in broader applications of this technology is mounting. While the first commercialized systems...

  6. Advances in the development of metallic interconnects of SOFC cells; Avances en el desarrollo de interconectores metalicos de celdas SOFC

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    Alvarado-Flores, J.

    2013-09-01

    Interest in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) stems from their higher efficiencies and lower levels of emitted pollutants, compared to traditional power production methods. Interconnects are a critical part in SOFC stacks, which connect cells in series electrically, and also separate air or oxygen at the cathode side from fuel at the anode side. Therefore, the requirements of interconnects are the most demanding, i.e., to maintain high electrical conductivity, good stability in both reducing and oxidizing atmospheres, and close thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) match and good compatibility with other SOFC ceramic components. This paper reviewed the interconnect materials, and coatings for metallic interconnect materials in a SOFC cell. (Author)

  7. Integrating a SOFC Plant with a Steam Turbine Plant

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    Rokni, Masoud; Scappin, Fabio

    2009-01-01

    A Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) is integrated with a Steam Turbine (ST) cycle. Different hybrid configurations are studied. The fuel for the plants is assumed to be natural gas (NG). Since the NG cannot be sent to the anode side of the SOFC directly, a desulfurization reactor is used to remove...

  8. Manufacturing of anode supported SOFCs: Processing parameters and their influence

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    Ramousse, Severine; Menon, Mohan; Brodersen, Karen;

    2007-01-01

    The establishment of low cost, highly reliable and reproducible manufacturing processes has been focused for commercialization of SOFC technology. A major challenge in the production chain is the manufacture of anode-supported planar SOFC's single cells in which each layer in a layered structure ...

  9. SOFC temperature evaluation based on an adaptive fuzzy controller

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    Xiao-juan WU; Xin-jian ZHU; Guang-yi CAO; Heng-yong TU

    2008-01-01

    The operating temperature of a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stack is a very important parameter to be controlled, which impacts the performance of the SOFC due to thermal cycling. In this paper, an adaptive fuzzy control method based on an affine nonlinear temperature model is developed to control the temperature of the SOFC within a specified range. Fuzzy logic systems are used to approximate nonlinear functions in the SOFC system and an adaptive technique is employed to construct the controller. Compared with the traditional fuzzy and proportion-integral-derivative (PID) control, the simulation results show that the designed adaptive fuzzy control method performed much better. So it is feasible to build an adaptive fuzzy controller for temperature control of the SOFC.

  10. Integrated Gasification SOFC Plant with a Steam Plant

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    Rokni, Masoud; Pierobon, Leonardo

    2011-01-01

    A hybrid Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) and Steam Turbine (ST) plant is integrated with a gasification plant. Wood chips are fed to the gasification plant to produce biogas and then this gas is fed into the anode side of a SOFC cycle to produce electricity and heat. The gases from the SOFC stacks...... enter into a burner to burn the rest of the fuel. The offgases after the burner are now used to generate steam in a Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG). The generated steam is expanded in a ST to produce additional power. Thus a triple hybrid plant based on a gasification plant, a SOFC plant...... and a steam plant is presented and studied. The plant is called as IGSS (Integrated Gasification SOFC Steam plant). Different systems layouts are presented and investigated. Electrical efficiencies up to 56% are achieved which is considerably higher than the conventional integrated gasification combined...

  11. Solid oxide fuel cells, SOFC, in future power generation; Fastoxidbraensleceller, SOFC, i framtida kraftgenerering

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    Johansson, Kent; Baafaelt, M.

    1997-02-01

    Solid Oxide Fuel Cell, SOFC, is a very promising technological area for generating electricity in the future. Especially for small scale cogeneration. SOFC is an excellent choice due to its high efficiencies at small power plant sizes. The expected size of the power plants is 10-20 MWe but larger ones might be built. An important part of the assumptions in this report is the SOFC electric efficiency dependence of the pressure in the process. The electric efficiency is assumed to be 50% at atmospheric pressure and 55% at 10 atmospheres. These assumptions lead to a formula that describes the electric efficiency as a function of the pressure. The parametric study shows that the pressure has a very large influence of the electric efficiency. At low pressure and high Turbine Inlet Temperature (TIT) the electric efficiency will be higher than at high pressure and low TIT. The post intercooler temperature and the pressure drop over the SOFC unit have a moderate effect on the electric efficiency. In the process calculations the TIT is shown to have a very small influence on the plant efficiencies. Consequently, by lowering the TIT, the need for blade cooling and tougher materials can be avoided, with only a small electric efficiency decrease. The recuperator is a central part of the process. It evens out the influence from other parts in the process. This is one of the reasons why the polytropic efficiencies of the compressor and the expander have such a low influence on the process efficiency. The report shows that to receive high efficiencies in a SOFC/GT power plant, the points mentioned below should be taken into consideration: The pressure in the process should be approximately 4 bar; The compressor should have an intercooler; The TIT should be below the temperature where blade cooling is needed; No steam cycle should be connected after the gas turbine at sizes of 5-20 MW. 32 refs, 67 figs, 9 tabs, 15 appendices

  12. Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance Delphi SOFC

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    Steven Shaffer; Sean Kelly; Larry Chick; Subhasish Mukerjee; David Schumann

    2003-05-20

    The objective of Phase I under this project is to develop a 5 kW SOFC power system for a range of fuels and applications. During Phase I, the following will be accomplished: 1. Develop and demonstrate technology transfer efforts on a 5 kW stationary distributed power generation system that incorporates steam reforming of natural gas with piped-in water (Demonstration System A). 2. Initiate development of a 5 kW system for later mass-market automotive auxiliary power unit application, which will incorporate catalytic partial oxidation (CPO) reforming of gasoline, with anode exhaust gas injected into an ultra-lean burn internal combustion engine. This topical report covers work performed by Delphi Automotive Systems from January through June 2002 under DOE Cooperative Agreement DE-FC-02NT41246 for the 5 kW mass-market automotive (gasoline) auxiliary power unit. This report highlights technical results of the work performed under the following tasks for the automotive 5 kW system: 1. System Design and Integration 2. SOFC Stack Development 3. Reformer Development The next anticipated Technical Progress Report will be submitted January 30, 2003 and will include tasks contained within the cooperative agreement including development work on the Demonstration System A, if available.

  13. Analysis of SOFCs Using Reference Electrodes

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    Finklea, H.; Chen, X.; Gerdes, K.; Pakalapati, S.; Celik, I.

    2013-01-01

    Reference electrodes are frequently applied to isolate the performance of one electrode in a solid oxide fuel cell. However, reference electrode simulations raise doubt to veracity of data collected using reference electrodes. The simulations predict that the reported performance for the one electrode will frequently contain performance of both electrodes. Nonetheless, recent reports persistently treat data so collected as ideally isolated. This work confirms the predictions of the reference electrode simulations on two SOFC designs, and to provides a method of validating the data measured in the 3-electrode configuration. Validation is based on the assumption that a change in gas composition to one electrode does not affect the impedance of the other electrode at open circuit voltage. This assumption is supported by a full physics simulation of the SOFC. Three configurations of reference electrode and cell design are experimentally examined using various gas flows and two temperatures. Impedance data are subjected to deconvolution analysis and equivalent circuit fitting and approximate polarization resistances of the cathode and anode are determined. The results demonstrate that the utility of reference electrodes is limited and often wholly inappropriate. Reported impedances and single electrode polarization values must be scrutinized on this basis.

  14. Diesel Fueled SOFC for Class 7/Class 8 On-Highway Truck Auxiliary Power

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    Vesely, Charles John-Paul [Cummins Power Generation; Fuchs, Benjamin S. [Cummins Power Generation; Booten, Chuck W. [Protonex Technology, LLC

    2010-03-31

    The following report documents the progress of the Cummins Power Generation (CPG) Diesel Fueled SOFC for Class 7/Class 8 On-Highway Truck Auxiliary Power (SOFC APU) development and final testing under the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) contract DE-FC36-04GO14318. This report overviews and summarizes CPG and partner development leading to successful demonstration of the SOFC APU objectives and significant progress towards SOFC commercialization. Significant SOFC APU Milestones: Demonstrated: Operation meeting SOFC APU requirements on commercial Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) fuel. SOFC systems operating on dry CPOX reformate. Successful start-up and shut-down of SOFC APU system without inert gas purge. Developed: Low cost balance of plant concepts and compatible systems designs. Identified low cost, high volume components for balance of plant systems. Demonstrated efficient SOFC output power conditioning. Demonstrated SOFC control strategies and tuning methods.

  15. Energy-optimisation of biogas-fuelled CHP units; Energetische Optimierung von Biogas-BHKW's

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    Soltic, P.; Edenhauser, D.; Winkler, A.

    2008-07-15

    This illustrated final report for the Swiss Federal office of Energy (SFOE) reports on the energy-related optimisation of combined heat and power (CHP) units that are fuelled with non-processed biogas. Ways of increasing the efficiency of these units as far as the production of electricity is concerned are examined and commented on. Also, ways of using the heat generated by the CHP units to produce electricity using other, exergetic means are also described. Systems such as Stirling engines and existing and new thermo-electrical elements are discussed. The economic viability of the systems is also discussed.

  16. Iterative learning control of SOFC based on ARX identification model

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    2007-01-01

    This paper presents an application of iterative learning control (ILC) technique to the voltage control of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stack. To meet the demands of the control system design, an autoregressive model with exogenous input (ARX) is established. Firstly, by regulating the variation of the hydrogen flow rate proportional to that of the current, the fuel utilization of the SOFC is kept within its admissible range. Then, based on the ARX model, three kinds of ILC controllers, i.e. P-, PI- and PD-type are designed to keep the voltage at a desired level. Simulation results demonstrate the potential of the ARX model applied to the control of the SOFC, and prove the excellence of the ILC controllers for the voltage control of the SOFC.

  17. Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Development in Denmark

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    Linderoth, Søren; Larsen, Peter Halvor; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg;

    2007-01-01

    to develop the SOFC technology all the way to a marketable product. Stack and system modelling including cost optimisation analysis is used to develop multi kW stack modules for operation in the temperature range 700-850oC. To ensure the emergence of cost-competitive solutions, a special effort is focused......The SOFC technology under development at Risø National Laboratory (RISØ) and Topsoe Fuel Cell A/S (TOFC) is based on an integrated approach ranging from basic materials research on single component level over development of cell and stack manufacturing technology to system studies and modelling...... on larger anode-supported cells as well as a new generation of SOFCs based on porous metal supports and new electrode and electrolyte materials. The SOFC program comprises development of next generation of cells and multi stack modules for operation at lower temperature with increased durability...

  18. A novel SOFC tri-generation system for building applications

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    Elmer, Theo

    2015-01-01

    In response to the critical need to decarbonise the built environment, alternative methods for more effective energy utilisation need to be explored including tri-generation systems. Tri-generation is the simultaneous generation of electricity, heating and/or cooling from a single fuel source. Solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) and liquid desiccant demonstrate many characteristics that make them an attractive option in the development of an efficient and effective tri-generation system. SOFCs h...

  19. Cassette less SOFC stack and method of assembly

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    Meinhardt, Kerry D

    2014-11-18

    A cassette less SOFC assembly and a method for creating such an assembly. The SOFC stack is characterized by an electrically isolated stack current path which allows welded interconnection between frame portions of the stack. In one embodiment electrically isolating a current path comprises the step of sealing a interconnect plate to a interconnect plate frame with an insulating seal. This enables the current path portion to be isolated from the structural frame an enables the cell frame to be welded together.

  20. Nondestructive cell evaluation techniques in SOFC stack manufacturing

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    Wunderlich, C.

    2016-04-01

    Independent from the specifics of the application, a cost efficient manufacturing of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), its electrolyte membranes and other stack components, leading to reliable long-life stacks is the key for the commercial viability of this fuel cell technology. Tensile and shear stresses are most critical for ceramic components and especially for thin electrolyte membranes as used in SOFC cells. Although stack developers try to reduce tensile stresses acting on the electrolyte by either matching CTE of interconnects and electrolytes or by putting SOFC cells under some pressure - at least during transient operation of SOFC stacks ceramic cells will experience some tensile stresses. Electrolytes are required to have a high Weibull characteristic fracture strength. Practical experiences in stack manufacturing have shown that statistical fracture strength data generated by tests of electrolyte samples give limited information on electrolyte or cell quality. In addition, the cutting process of SOFC electrolytes has a major influence on crack initiation. Typically, any single crack in one the 30 to 80 cells in series connection will lead to a premature stack failure drastically reducing stack service life. Thus, for statistical reasons only 100% defect free SOFC cells must be assembled in stacks. This underlines the need for an automated inspection. So far, only manual processes of visual or mechanical electrolyte inspection are established. Fraunhofer IKTS has qualified the method of optical coherence tomography for an automated high throughput inspection. Alternatives like laser speckle photometry and acoustical methods are still under investigation.

  1. Oxide diffusion in innovative SOFC cathode materials.

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    Hu, Y; Thoréton, V; Pirovano, C; Capoen, E; Bogicevic, C; Nuns, N; Mamede, A-S; Dezanneau, G; Vannier, R N

    2014-01-01

    Oxide diffusion was studied in two innovative SOFC cathode materials, Ba(2)Co(9)O(14) and Ca(3)Co(4)O(9)+δ derivatives. Although oxygen diffusion was confirmed in the promising material Ba(2)Co(9)O(14), it was not possible to derive accurate transport parameters because of an oxidation process at the sample surface which has still to be clarified. In contrast, oxygen diffusion in the well-known Ca(3)Co(4)O(9)+δ thermoelectric material was improved when calcium was partly substituted with strontium, likely due to an increase of the volume of the rock salt layers in which the conduction process takes place. Although the diffusion coefficient remains low, interestingly, fast kinetics towards the oxygen molecule dissociation reaction were shown with surface exchange coefficients higher than those reported for the best cathode materials in the field. They increased with the strontium content; the Sr atoms potentially play a key role in the mechanism of oxygen molecule dissociation at the solid surface.

  2. Development status of planar SOFCs at Sanyo

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    Miyake, Yasuo; Akiyama, Yukinori; Yasuo, Takashi [SANYO Electric Co., Ltd., Osaka (Japan)] [and others

    1996-12-31

    A 2 kW class combined cell stacked module (182 cm{sup 2} X 4X 17) was examined. An output power of 2.47 kW and output power density of 0.20 W/cm{sup 2} were obtained at the current density of 0.3 A/cm{sup 2}. The temperature uniformity is an important factor to develop large scale SOFC modules. Therefore, in this 2 kW class module, one cell was divided into four smaller unit cells to decrease temperature difference across these cells. Moreover, an internal heat-exchanging duct was arranged to spend the surplus heat effectively in the middle of the module. As for the basic research, the followings were investigated to improve thermal cycle characteristics. One was to adopt a silica/alumina-based sealing, material in order to absorb the thermal expansion difference between the electrolyte and the separator. Deterioration was quite small after 12 thermal cycles with a 150 by 150 mm single cell. The other was to use a heat-resisting ferritic alloy as a separator in a 50 by 50 mm single cell in order to decrease the thermal expansion coefficient of the separator. High performance was obtained for 2000 hours at 900{degrees}C in an endurance test and deterioration was quite small after a thermal cycle.

  3. Development of cofired type planar SOFC

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    Taira, Hiroaki; Sakamoto, Sadaaki; Zhou, Hua-Bing [Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd., Shiga (Japan)] [and others

    1996-12-31

    We have developed fabrication process for planar SOFC fabricated with cofired anode/electrolyte/cathode multilayers and interconnects. By cofiring technique for the multilayers, we expect to reduce the thickness of the electrolyte layers, resulting in decrease of innerimpedance, and achieve low production cost. On the other hand, the cofiring technique requires that the sintering temperature, the shrinkage profiles and the thermal expansion characteristics of all component materials should be compatible with the other. It is, therefore, difficult to cofire the multilayers with large area. Using the multilayers with surface area of 150cm{sup 2}, we fabricated the multiple cell stacks. The maximum power of 5x4 multiple cell stack (5 planes of cells in series, 4 cells in parallel in each planes 484cm{sup 2} effective electrode area of each cell planes) was 601W (0.25Wcm{sup -2}, Uf=40%). However, the terminal voltage of the multiple cell stack decreased by the cause of cell cracking, gas leakage and degradation of cofired multilayers. This paper presents the improvements of cofired multilayers, and the performance of multiple cell stacks with the improved multilayers.

  4. Characterization of ceria-based SOFCs

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    Doshi, R.; Routbort, J.; Krumpelt, M. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States)

    1996-12-31

    Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) operating at low temperatures (500-700{degrees}C) offer many advantages over the conventional zirconia-based fuel cells operating at higher temperatures. Reduced operating temperatures result in: (1) Application of metallic interconnects with reduced oxidation problems (2) Reduced time for start-up and lower energy consumption to reach operating temperatures (3) Increased thermal cycle ability for the cell structure due to lower thermal stresses of expansion mismatches. While this type of fuel cell may be applied to stationary applications, mobile applications require the ability for rapid start-up and frequent thermal cycling. Ceria-based fuel cells are currently being developed in the U.K. at Imperial College, Netherlands at ECN, and U.S.A. at Ceramatec. The cells in each case are made from a doped ceria electrolyte and a La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}Co{sub 1-y}Fe{sub y}O{sub 3} cathode.

  5. Inkjet Printing of Anode Supported SOFC: Comparison of Slurry Pasted Cathode and Printed Cathode (POSTPRINT)

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    2010-02-01

    use, modify, reproduce, release, perform, display, or disclose the work. 14. ABSTRACT Solid oxide fuel cells ( SOFCs ) were fabricated by depositing...Directorate, The Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio 45433, USA Solid oxide fuel cells SOFCs were fabricated by depositing...extensive research and development activities in the area of solid oxide fuel cells SOFCs .1-3 Conventional SOFCs designed for operation at 800°C are

  6. Deposition and characterisation of epitaxial oxide thin films for SOFCs

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    Santiso, José

    2010-10-24

    This paper reviews the recent advances in the use of thin films, mostly epitaxial, for fundamental studies of materials for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) applications. These studies include the influence of film microstructure, crystal orientation and strain in oxide ionic conducting materials used as electrolytes, such as fluorites, and in mixed ionic and electronic conducting materials used as electrodes, typically oxides with perovskite or perovskite-related layered structures. The recent effort towards the enhancement of the electrochemical performance of SOFC materials through the deposition of artificial film heterostructures is also presented. These thin films have been engineered at a nanoscale level, such as the case of epitaxial multilayers or nanocomposite cermet materials. The recent progress in the implementation of thin films in SOFC devices is also reported. © 2010 Springer-Verlag.

  7. In-Situ Raman Characterization of SOFC Anodes

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    Maher, Robert C.

    2012-01-01

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) have many advantages when compared to other fuel cell technologies, particularly for distributed stationary applications. As a consequence they are becoming ever more economically competitive with incumbent energy solutions. However, as with all technologies, improvements in durability, efficiency and cost is required before they become feasible alternatives. Such improvements are enabled through improved understanding of the critical material interactions occurring during operation. Raman spectroscopy is a noninvasive and non-destructive optical characterization tool which is ideally suited to the study of these critical chemical processes occurring within operational SOFCs. In this paper we will discuss advantages of using Raman characterization for understanding these important chemical processes occurring within SOFCs. We will present the specific examples of the type of measurement possible and discuss the direction of future research. © 2012 Materials Research Society.

  8. Synchrotron Investigations of SOFC Cathode Degradation

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    Idzerda, Yves

    2013-09-30

    The atomic variations occurring in cathode/electrolyte interface regions of La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}Co{sub y}Fe{sub 1-y}O{sub 3-δ} (LSCF) cathodes and other SOFC related materials have been investigated and characterized using soft X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) and diffuse soft X-ray Resonant Scattering (XRS). X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy in the soft X-ray region (soft XAS) is shown to be a sensitive technique to quantify the disruption that occurs and can be used to suggest a concrete mechanism for the degradation. For LSC, LSF, and LSCF films, a significant degradation mechanism is shown to be Sr out-diffusion. By using the XAS spectra of hexavalent Cr in SrCrO4 and trivalent Cr in Cr2O3, the driving factor for Sr segregation was identified to be the oxygen vacancy concentration at the anode and cathode side of of symmetric LSCF/GDC/LSCF heterostructures. This is direct evidence of vacancy induced cation diffusion and is shown to be a significant indicator of cathode/electrolyte interfacial degradation. X-ray absorption spectroscopy is used to identify the occupation of the A-sites and B-sites for LSC, LSF, and LSCF cathodes doped with other transition metals, including doping induced migration of Sr to the anti-site for Sr, a significant cathode degradation indicator. By using spatially resolved valence mapping of Co, a complete picture of the surface electrochemistry can be determined. This is especially important in identifying degradation phenomena where the degradation is spatially localized to the extremities of the electrochemistry and not the average. For samples that have electrochemical parameters that are measured to be spatially uniform, the Co valence modifications were correlated to the effects of current density, overpotential, and humidity.

  9. Advanced materials and design for low temperature SOFCs

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    Wachsman, Eric D.; Yoon, Heesung; Lee, Kang Taek; Camaratta, Matthew; Ahn, Jin Soo

    2016-05-17

    Embodiments of the invention are directed to SOFC with a multilayer structure comprising a porous ceramic cathode, optionally a cathodic triple phase boundary layer, a bilayer electrolyte comprising a cerium oxide comprising layer and a bismuth oxide comprising layer, an anion functional layer, and a porous ceramic anode with electrical interconnects, wherein the SOFC displays a very high power density at temperatures below 700.degree. C. with hydrogen or hydrocarbon fuels. The low temperature conversion of chemical energy to electrical energy allows the fabrication of the fuel cells using stainless steel or other metal alloys rather than ceramic conductive oxides as the interconnects.

  10. Optimization of the strength of SOFC anode supports

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    Frandsen, Henrik Lund; Ramos, Tania; Faes, A.;

    2012-01-01

    During operation solid oxide fuel cells are stressed by temperature gradients and various internal and external mechanical loads, which must be withstood. This work deals with the optimization of the strength of as-sintered anode supported half-cells by imposing changes to production parameters...... parameters was found to be quantifiable in terms of cell porosity to a large extent. The results were validated with an independent set of measurements of strength and stiffness by uniaxial tension and the impulse excitation technique, respectively. For application of the finding in relation to the SOFC...... technology a mathematical frame to determine the optimal porosity of a SOFC system is presented....

  11. Multilayer tape cast SOFC – Effect of anode sintering temperature

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    Hauch, Anne; Birkl, Christoph; Brodersen, Karen;

    2012-01-01

    large “temperature-window”. To increase our understanding of the MTC process, obtained microstructures and the resulting electrochemical performance of these SOFC, we here report a study of MTC based cells. The half-cells have been produced and co-sintered at 5 different temperatures from 1255 °C...

  12. Acrylic acid and electric power cogeneration in an SOFC reactor.

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    Ji, Baofeng; Wang, Jibo; Chu, Wenling; Yang, Weishen; Lin, Liwu

    2009-04-21

    A highly efficient catalyst, MoV(0.3)Te(0.17)Nb(0.12)O, used for acrylic acid (AA) production from propane, was used as an anodic catalyst in an SOFC reactor, from which AA and electric power were cogenerated at 400-450 degrees C.

  13. Trends in Catalytic Activity for SOFC Anode materials

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    Rossmeisl, Jan; Bessler, W. G.

    2008-01-01

    for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anodes. The reaction energies along the hydrogen oxidation pathway were quantified for both, oxygen spillover and hydrogen spillover mechanisms at the three-phase boundary. The ab initio results are compared to previously-obtained experimental anode activities measured...

  14. Effects of Pretreatment Methods on Electrodes and SOFC Performance

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    Guo-Bin Jung

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Commercially available tapes (anode, electrolyte and paste (cathode were choosen to prepare anode-supported cells for solid oxide fuel cell applications. For both anode-supported cells or electrolyte-supported cells, the anode needs pretreatment to reduce NiO/YSZ to Ni/YSZ to increase its conductivity as well as its catalytic characteristics. In this study, the effects of different pretreatments (open-circuit, closed-circuit on cathode and anodes as well as SOFC performance are investigated. To investigate the influence of closed-circuit pretreatment on the NiO/YSZ anode alone, a Pt cathode is utilized as reference for comparison with the LSM cathode. The characterization of the electrical resistance, AC impedance, and SOFC performance of the resulting electrodes and/or anode-supported cell were carried out. It’s found that the influence of open-circuit pretreatment on the LSM cathode is limited. However, the influence of closed-circuit pretreatment on both the LSM cathode and NiO/YSZ anode and the resulting SOFC performance is profound. The effect of closed-circuit pretreatment on the NiO/YSZ anode is attributed to its change of electronic/pore structure as well as catalytic characteristics. With closed-circuit pretreatment, the SOFC performance improved greatly from the change of LSM cathode (and Pt reference compared to the Ni/YSZ anode.

  15. Investigation of new materials for SOFC applications; Untersuchungen zum Einsatz neuer Werkstoffe fuer SOFC-Anwendungen

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    Wackerl, J.

    2007-05-04

    Fuel cells based on solid oxides ('SOFC') are excellent alternative devices for power generation, when they are operated at high temperature, e.g. above 600 C. Having only fixed parts for the power generating part of the device is only one advantage of the fuel cell. Due to their unique design, these devices offer a maximum of efficiency for energy conversion compared to conventional power generating systems, which are mainly based on turbines. One aim of this thesis is the examination of alternative electrolyte and cathode materials for the SOFC applications at reduced temperatures, which means in the temperature range between 600 C and 750 C. For the first main task, several materials from the oxygen ion conducting electrolytes were selected. Different strontium and magnesium doped lanthanum gallate (LSGM) materials with additional transition metal doping were selected and prepared via two different preparation methods. The optimum calcining conditions were determined using thermal analysis methods. The results of the structural analysis of the sintered electrolyte materials were used to select the most suitable electrolyte materials. As a result, LSGM and iron doped LSGM (LSGMF) were the most promising materials. Further investigations were carried out on LSGMF materials with different strontium content. The influence of chemical cation non-stoichiometry on the perovskite material was investigated. Therefore, measurements to gather information about the crystallographic structure, morphology, electrochemistry and electrical conductivity were carried out. For a selected sample, the correlations between single effects, such as the crystallographic structure, and the electrical properties are shown by combining the different analysis methods. It could be shown that both the electrochemistry and the crystallographic structure have a significant influence on the electrical conductivity of the LSGMF materials. The second aim of the thesis was the selection

  16. Differences and synergy effects of stationary and mobile applications of SOFC-GT systems; Unterschiede und Synergieeffekte bei stationaeren und mobilen SOFC-GT Systemen

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    Winkler, W.

    2001-07-01

    The development of solid oxide fuel cell systems with integrated gas turbines (SOFC-GT) has gained strong impetus over recent years. The Siemens Westinghaus company was the first to erect an atmospheric 100 kW SOFC pilot plant at Arnheim in 1998, but most of the demonstration plants sold since then are equipped with gas turbines. The potential of those fuel cell combined cycles to achieve extremely high electric efficiency is their most interesting feature for stationary and mobile applications. (orig./CB) [German] Die Entwicklung von SOFC Systemen mit integrierten Gasturbinen (SOFC-GT) hat in den letzten Jahren deutlich an Dynamik gewonnen. Nachdem SIEMENS Westinghouse 1998 eine erste atmosphaerische 100 kW SOFC Pilotanlage in Arnheim errichtet hatte, sind die seither bei SIEMENS Westinghouse bestellten Demonstrationsanlagen ueberwiegend mit Gasturbinen kombiniert. Das Potential extrem hohe elektrische Wirkungsgrade zu erreichen, macht diese Technik fuer mobile und stationaere Anwendungen interessant. (orig./MM)

  17. Rational SOFC material design: new advances and tools

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    Meilin Liu

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs offer great prospects for the most efficient and cost-effective utilization of a wide variety of fuels. However, their commercialization hinges on the rational design of low cost materials with exceptional functionalities. This article highlights some recent progress in probing and mapping surface species and incipient phases relevant to electrode reactions using in situ Raman spectroscopy, synchrotron based x-ray analysis, and multi-scale modeling of charge and mass transport. The combination of in situ characterization and multi-scale modeling is imperative to unraveling the mechanisms of chemical and energy transformation: a vital step for the rational design of next generation SOFC materials.

  18. Model development of integrated CPOx reformer and SOFC stack system

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    Pianko-Oprych Paulina

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The main purpose of this study was to develop a mathematical model, in a steady state and dynamic mode, of a Catalytic Partial Oxidation (CPOx reformer – Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC stack integrated system in order to assess the system performance. Mass balance equations were written for each component in the system together with energy equation and implemented into the MATLAB Simulink simulation tool. Temperature, gas concentrations, pressure and current density were computed in the steady-state mode and validated against experimental data. The calculated I–V curve matched well the experimental one. In the dynamic modelling, several different conditions including step changes in fuel flow rates, stack voltage as well as temperature values were applied to estimate the system response against the load variations. Results provide valuable insight into the operating conditions that have to be achieved to ensure efficient CPOx performance for fuel processing for the SOFC stack applications.

  19. Cathode-Electrolyte Interfaces with CGO Barrier Layers in SOFC

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    Knibbe, Ruth; Hjelm, Johan; Menon, Mohan

    2010-01-01

    Electron microscopy characterization across the cathode–electrolyte interface of two different types of intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFC) is performed to understand the origin of the cell performance disparity. One IT-SOFC cell had a sprayed-cosintered Ce0.90Gd0.01O1.95 (CGO......10) barrier layer, the other had a barrier layer deposited by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) CGO10. Scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) investigations conclude that the major source of the cell performance difference...... is attributed to CGO–YSZ interdiffusion in the sprayed-cosintered barrier layer. From TEM and EBSD work, a dense CGO10 PLD layer is found to be deposited epitaxially on the 8YSZ electrolyte substrate—permitting a small amount of SrZrO3 formation and minimizing CGO–YSZ interdiffusion....

  20. Niobium-doped strontium titanates as SOFC anodes

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    Blennow Tullmar, Peter; Kammer Hansen, Kent; Wallenberg, L. Reine;

    2008-01-01

    been synthesized with a recently developed modified glycine-nitrate process. The synthesized powders have been calcined and sintered in air or in 9% H(2) / N(2) between 800 - 1400 degrees C. After calcination the samples were single phase Nb-doped strontium titanate with grain sizes of less than 100 nm...... in diameter on average. The phase purity, defect structure, and microstructure of the materials have been analyzed with SEM, XRD, and TGA. The electrical conductivity of the Nb-doped titanate decreased with increasing temperature and showed a phonon scattering conduction mechanism with sigma > 120 S...... ability of the Nb-doped titanates to be used as a part of a SOFC anode. However, the catalytic activity of the materials was not sufficient and it needs to be improved if titanate based materials are to be realized as constituents in SOFC anodes....

  1. High Performance Infiltrated Backbones for Cathode-Supported SOFC's

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    Gil, Vanesa; Kammer Hansen, Kent

    2014-01-01

    The concept of using highly ionic conducting backbones with subsequent infiltration of electronically conducting particles has widely been used to develop alternative anode-supported SOFC's. In this work, the idea was to develop infiltrated backbones as an alternative design based on cathode......-supported SOFC. The cathodes are obtained by infiltrating LSM into a sintered either thick (300 μm) yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) backbone or a thin YSZ backbone (10-15 μm) integrated onto a thick (300 μm) porous strontium substituted lanthanum manganite (LSM) and YSZ composite. Fabrication challenges...... printed symmetrical cells. Samples with LSM/YSZ composite and YSZ backbones made with graphite+PMMA as pore formers exhibited comparable Rp values to the screen printed LSM/YSZ cathode. This route was chosen as the best to fabricate the cathode supported cells. SEM micrograph of a cathode supported cell...

  2. SOFC brændselsceller i et intelligent elnet

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    Hjelm, Johan

    2015-01-01

    SOFC brændselsceller kan være med til at skabe balance i elnettet i takt med at elproduktionen i stigende grad baseres på sol og vind. Brændselscellerne kan kobles til naturgasnettet og på sigt bruge forskellige former for VE-gasser som brændstof.......SOFC brændselsceller kan være med til at skabe balance i elnettet i takt med at elproduktionen i stigende grad baseres på sol og vind. Brændselscellerne kan kobles til naturgasnettet og på sigt bruge forskellige former for VE-gasser som brændstof....

  3. Development of Planar Metal Supported SOFC with Novel Cermet Anode

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    Blennow Tullmar, Peter; Hjelm, Johan; Klemensø, Trine;

    2009-01-01

    Metal-supported solid oxide fuel cells are expected to offer several potential advantages over conventional anode (Ni-YSZ) supported cells, such as increased resistance against mechanical and thermal stresses and a reduction in materials cost. When Ni-YSZ based anodes are used in metal supported...... SOFC, electrode material from the active anode layer may interdiffuse with the metallic support during sintering. The purpose of this work is to illustrate how the interdiffusion problem can be circumvented by using an alternative anode design based on porous and electronically conducting layers......, into which electrocatalytically active materials are infiltrated after sintering. The paper presents the recent results on the electrochemical performance and durability of the novel planar metal-supported SOFC design. The results presented in the paper show that the novel cell and anode design has...

  4. Planar metal-supported SOFC with novel cermet anode

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    Blennow Tullmar, Peter; Hjelm, Johan; Klemensø, Trine;

    2011-01-01

    Metal-supported solid oxide fuel cells are expected to offer several potential advantages over conventional anode (Ni-YSZ) supported cells. For example, increased resistance against mechanical and thermal stresses and a reduction in material costs. When Ni-YSZ based anodes are used in metal...... supported SOFC, elements from the active anode layer may inter-diffuse with the metallic support during sintering. This work illustrates how the inter-diffusion problem can be circumvented by using an alternative anode design based on porous and electronically conducting layers, into which...... electrocatalytically active materials are infiltrated after sintering. The paper presents the electrochemical performance and durability of the novel planar metal-supported SOFC design. The electrode performance on symmetrical cells has also been evaluated. The novel cell and anode design shows a promising performance...

  5. Manufacture of SOFC electrodes by wet powder spraying

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    Wilkenhoener, R.; Mallener, W.; Buchkremer, H.P. [Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH (Germany)] [and others

    1996-12-31

    The reproducible and commercial manufacturing of electrodes with enhanced electrochemical performance is of central importance for a successful technical realization of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) systems. The route of electrode fabrication for the SOFC by Wet Powder Spraying (WPS) is presented. Stabilized suspensions of the powder materials for the electrodes were sprayed onto a substrate by employing a spray gun. After drying of the layers, binder removal and sintering are performed in one step. The major advantage of this process is its applicability for a large variety of materials and its flexibility with regard to layer shape and thickness. Above all, flat or curved substrates of any size can be coated, thus opening up the possibility of {open_quotes}up-scaling{close_quotes} SOFC technology. Electrodes with an enhanced electrochemical performance were developed by gradually optimizing the different process steps. For example an optimized SOFC cathode of the composition La{sub 0.65}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} with 40% 8YSZ showed a mean overpotential of about -50 mV at a current density of -0.8 A/cm{sup 2}, with a standard deviation amounting to 16 mV (950{degrees}C, air). Such optimized electrodes can be manufactured with a high degree of reproducibility, as a result of employing a computer-controlled X-Y system for moving the spray gun. Several hundred sintered composites, comprising the substrate anode and the electrolyte, of 100x 100 mm{sup 2} were coated with the cathode by WPS and used for stack integration. The largest manufactured electrodes were 240x240 mm{sup 2}, and data concerning their thickness homogeneity and electrochemical performance are given.

  6. Study on durability for thermal cycle of planar SOFC

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    Ando, Motoo; Nakata, Kei-ichi; Wakayama, Sin-ichi [Tonen Corp., Saitama (Japan)] [and others

    1996-12-31

    TONEN CORPORATION has developed planar type SOFC since 1986. We demonstrated the output of 1.3 kW in 1991 and 5.1 kW in 1995. Simultaneously we have studied how to raise electric efficiency and reliability utilizing hydrogen and propane as fuel. Durability for thermal cycle is one of the most important problems of planar SOFC to make it more practical. The planar type SOFC is made up of separator, zirconia electrolyte and glass sealant. The thermal expansion of these components are expected to be the same value, however, they still possess small differences. In this situation, a thermal cycle causes a thermal stress due to the difference of the cell components and is often followed by a rupture in cell components, therefore, the analysis of the thermal stress should give us much useful information. The thermal cycle process consists of a heating up and cooling down procedure. Zirconia electrolyte is not bonded to the separator under the condition of the initial heating up procedure, and glass sealant becomes soft or melts and glass seals spaces between the zirconia and separator. The glass sealant becomes harder with the cooling down procedure. Moreover, zirconia is tightly bonded with separator below a temperature which is defined as a constraint temperature and thermal stress also occurs. This indicates that the heating up process relaxes the thermal stress and the cooling down increases it. In this paper, we simulated dependence of the stress on the sealing configuration, thermal expansion of sealant and constraint temperature of sealant glass. Furthermore, we presented SOFC electrical properties after a thermal cycle.

  7. Electrochemical characterization of porous electrodes and application in SOFC

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    Van Heuveln, F.H.; Van Berkel, F.P.F.; Huijsmans, J.P.P.

    1993-08-01

    For the characterization of porous electrodes in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), it is shown that impedance spectroscopy can play an important role, in particular with respect to the optimization of the three-phase-boundaries (TPB, i.e. electrolyte-electrode-gas phase area). The TPBs are the sites where the electrode reactions occur and their nature is determined by the microstructure of the electrode. A three-electrode measurement configuration is used, in order to quantify the TPB area. By measuring a series of electrodes, in which one microstructure parameter is varied, a systematic change in impedance diagrams is observed. The technique can be used to show the effect of ceramic processing parameters on the TPB. Therefore it offers a simple and fast way to screen electrodes for SOFC development. It should be noted that the impedance data represent a semi-quantitative data set, which has to be used in a comparative way. The use of impedance spectroscopy and the correlation between impedance data and fuel cell performance is illustrated for a set of electrolyte supported SOFC cathode microstructures. 14 figs., 4 tabs., 16 refs.

  8. LG Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Model Development

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    Haberman, Ben [LG Fuel Cell Systems Inc., North Canton, OH (United States); Martinez-Baca, Carlos [LG Fuel Cell Systems Inc., North Canton, OH (United States); Rush, Greg [LG Fuel Cell Systems Inc., North Canton, OH (United States)

    2013-05-31

    This report presents a summary of the work performed by LG Fuel Cell Systems Inc. during the project LG Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Model Development (DOE Award Number: DE-FE0000773) which commenced on October 1, 2009 and was completed on March 31, 2013. The aim of this project is for LG Fuel Cell Systems Inc. (formerly known as Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems (US) Inc.) (LGFCS) to develop a multi-physics solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) computer code (MPC) for performance calculations of the LGFCS fuel cell structure to support fuel cell product design and development. A summary of the initial stages of the project is provided which describes the MPC requirements that were developed and the selection of a candidate code, STAR-CCM+ (CD-adapco). This is followed by a detailed description of the subsequent work program including code enhancement and model verification and validation activities. Details of the code enhancements that were implemented to facilitate MPC SOFC simulations are provided along with a description of the models that were built using the MPC and validated against experimental data. The modeling work described in this report represents a level of calculation detail that has not been previously available within LGFCS.

  9. Fault Diagnosis Strategies for SOFC-Based Power Generation Plants

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    Paola Costamagna

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available The success of distributed power generation by plants based on solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs is hindered by reliability problems that can be mitigated through an effective fault detection and isolation (FDI system. However, the numerous operating conditions under which such plants can operate and the random size of the possible faults make identifying damaged plant components starting from the physical variables measured in the plant very difficult. In this context, we assess two classical FDI strategies (model-based with fault signature matrix and data-driven with statistical classification and the combination of them. For this assessment, a quantitative model of the SOFC-based plant, which is able to simulate regular and faulty conditions, is used. Moreover, a hybrid approach based on the random forest (RF classification method is introduced to address the discrimination of regular and faulty situations due to its practical advantages. Working with a common dataset, the FDI performances obtained using the aforementioned strategies, with different sets of monitored variables, are observed and compared. We conclude that the hybrid FDI strategy, realized by combining a model-based scheme with a statistical classifier, outperforms the other strategies. In addition, the inclusion of two physical variables that should be measured inside the SOFCs can significantly improve the FDI performance, despite the actual difficulty in performing such measurements.

  10. Fault Diagnosis Strategies for SOFC-Based Power Generation Plants.

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    Costamagna, Paola; De Giorgi, Andrea; Gotelli, Alberto; Magistri, Loredana; Moser, Gabriele; Sciaccaluga, Emanuele; Trucco, Andrea

    2016-08-22

    The success of distributed power generation by plants based on solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) is hindered by reliability problems that can be mitigated through an effective fault detection and isolation (FDI) system. However, the numerous operating conditions under which such plants can operate and the random size of the possible faults make identifying damaged plant components starting from the physical variables measured in the plant very difficult. In this context, we assess two classical FDI strategies (model-based with fault signature matrix and data-driven with statistical classification) and the combination of them. For this assessment, a quantitative model of the SOFC-based plant, which is able to simulate regular and faulty conditions, is used. Moreover, a hybrid approach based on the random forest (RF) classification method is introduced to address the discrimination of regular and faulty situations due to its practical advantages. Working with a common dataset, the FDI performances obtained using the aforementioned strategies, with different sets of monitored variables, are observed and compared. We conclude that the hybrid FDI strategy, realized by combining a model-based scheme with a statistical classifier, outperforms the other strategies. In addition, the inclusion of two physical variables that should be measured inside the SOFCs can significantly improve the FDI performance, despite the actual difficulty in performing such measurements.

  11. Simulation and optimization of SOFC-BCHP system

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    ZHANG Xing-mei; ZHAO Xi-ling; DUAN Chang-gui

    2009-01-01

    As the prime motor of dispersed energy system, the high-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) are high efficient with large heat recovery. This study presents a simulation of SOFC building-based cooling,heat and power (BCHP) system, which can meet basic requirements in power and heating (cooling) of the designated customers. The peak power load can be met by power grid, while the peak heating (cooling) load requirement can be met by backup equipments. In order to solve the economic dispatch problem of the energy system, a restricted nonlinear optimization model has been developed. The production costs can be minimized via both the equality constraints of customer's beat and power demands, and other inequality constrains of equipments' capacities. The sequential quadratic programming method has been used to search the solution. The study indicates that the model can be used to optimize the system's capacities and run strategy. An office building case has been computed, and it is indicated that the model can be served in design and optimization of SOFC-BCHP system.

  12. Development of 10kW SOFC module

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    Hisatome, N.; Nagata, K. [Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Nagasaki (Japan); Kakigami, S. [Electric Power Development Co., Inc., Tokyo (Japan)] [and others

    1996-12-31

    Mitsubishi Heavy industries, Ltd. (MHI) has been developing tubular type Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) since 1984. A 1 kW module of SOFC has been continuously operated for 3,000 hours with 2 scheduled thermal cycles at Electric Power Development Co., Inc. (EPDC) Wakamatsu Power Station in 1993. We have obtained of 34% (HHV as H{sub 2}) module efficiency and deterioration rate of 2% Per 1,000 hours in this field test. As for next step, we have developed 10 kW module in 1995. The 10 kW module has been operated for 5,000 hours continuously. This module does not need heating support to maintain the operation temperature, and the module efficiency was 34% (HHV as H{sub 2}). On the other hand, we have started developing the technology of pressurized SOFC. In 1996, pressurized MW module has been tested at MHI Nagasaki Shipyard & Machinery, Works. We are now planning the development of pressurized 10 kW module.

  13. Realisation of an anode supported planar SOFC system

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    Buchkremer, H.P.; Stoever, D. [Institut fuer Werkstoffe der Energietechnik, Juelich (Germany); Diekmann, U. [Zentralabteilung Technologie, Juelich (Germany)] [and others

    1996-12-31

    Lowering the operating temperature of S0FCs to below 800{degrees}C potentially lowers production costs of a SOFC system because of a less expensive periphery and is able to guarantee sufficient life time of the stack. One way of achieving lower operating temperatures is the development of new high conductive electrolyte materials. The other way, still based on state-of-the-art material, i.e. yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electrolyte, is the development of a thin film electrolyte concept. In the Forschungszentrum Julich a program was started to produce a supported planar SOFC with an YSZ electrolyte thickness between 10 to 20 put. One of the electrodes, i.e. the anode, was used as support, in order not to increase the number of components in the SOFC. The high electronic conductivity of the anode-cermet allows the use of relatively thick layers without increasing the cell resistance. An additional advantage of the supported planar concept is the possibility to produce single cells larger than 10 x 10 cm x cm, that is with an effective electrode cross area of several hundred cm{sup 2}.

  14. Solid oxide fuels cells past present and future perspectives for SOFC technologies

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    Irvine, John TS

    2012-01-01

    Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) operate at high temperatures allowing more fuel flexibility and also useful heat output and so increase total efficiency, but does give some interesting engineering challenges. Solid Oxide Fuels Cells: Facts and Figures provides clear and accurate data for a selection of SOFC topics from the specific details of Ni cermet anodes, chemical expansion in materials, and the measuring and modelling of mechanical stresses, to the broader scope of the history and present design of cells, to SOFC systems and the future of SOFC. Celebrating Ulf Bossel s work on Solid Oxide

  15. Characteristics Study on SOFC/GT/ST Hybrid Power System%SOFC/GT/ST三重复合动力系统特性研究

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    王宇; 段立强; 杨勇平

    2011-01-01

    This paper studies the hybrid power system of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC)/Gas Turbine (GT)/Steam Turbine (ST). Performance analysis model of SOFC/GT/ST hybrid system is developed based on Aspen Plus soft and the effects of main parameters on the performance of SOFC/GT/ST hybrid system are studied. The obtained results show that: SOFC/GT/ST hybrid system has the higher system efficiency at higher operating pressure and operating temperature of around 900℃; the higher fuel utilization ratio also help improve system efficiency. Above research achievements will provide valuable reference for further study on of SOFC/GT/ST hybrid power system with high efficiency.%本文研究SOFC/GT/ST三重复合动力系统.首先基于Aspen Plus建立了SOFC/GT/ST的性能分析模型,分析了各主要参数对SOFC/GT/ST复合动力系统性能的影响规律.研究结果表明:复合动力系统尽量在高的压力,温度在900℃左右的条件下,有较高系统效率;较高的燃料利用率(Ut)有利于提高系统效率.本文研究成果为开拓研究高效SOFC/GT/ST复合动力系统提供了有益的参考.

  16. Thermoeconomic Analysis Of a Gasification Plant Fed By Woodchips And Integrated With SOFC And STIG Cycles

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    Mazzucco, Andrea; Rokni, Masoud

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents a thermo-economic analysis of an integrated biogas-fueled solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system for electric power generation. Basic plant layout consists of a gasification plant (GP), an SOFC and a retrofitted gas turbine with steam injection (STIG). Different system...

  17. Full Ceramic Fuel Cells Based on Strontium Titanate Anodes, An Approach Towards More Robust SOFCs

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    Holtappels, Peter; Irvine, J.T.S.; Iwanschitz, B.;

    2013-01-01

    The persistent problems with Ni-YSZ cermet based SOFCs, with respect to redox stability and tolerance towards sulfur has stimulated the development of a full ceramic cell based on strontium titanate(ST)- based anodes and anode support materials, within the EU FCH JU project SCOTAS-SOFC. Three...

  18. Energy recuperation in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) and gas turbine (GT) combined system

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    Kuchonthara, Prapan; Bhattacharya, Sankar; Tsutsumi, Atsushi

    A combined power generation system consisting of a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) and a gas turbine (GT) with steam and heat recuperation (HR) was evaluated using a commercial process simulation tool, ASPEN Plus. The effect of steam recuperation (SR) on the overall efficiency of the combined system was investigated by comparing the SOFC-GT during heat and steam recuperation (HSR) against the system during only heat recuperation. At low turbine inlet temperatures (TITs), the overall efficiency of the SOFC-GT combined system with heat and steam recuperation improved by showing an increase in TIT and a reduction in pressure ratio (PR). On the other hand, at high TITs, the opposite trend was observed. The integration of steam recuperation was found to improve the overall efficiency and specific power of SOFC-GT combined systems with a relatively compact SOFC component.

  19. Modeling work of a small scale gasifier/SOFC CHP system

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    Liu, M.; Aravind, P.V.; Qu, Z.; Woudstra, N.; Verkooijen, A.H.M. [Delft University of Technology (Netherlands). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering], Emails: ming.liu@tudelft.nl, p.v.aravind@tudelft.nl, z.qu@tudelft.nl, n.woudstra@tudelft.nl, a. h. m. verkooijen@tudelft.nl; Cobas, V.R.M. [Federal University of Itajuba (UNIFEI), Pinheirinhos, MG (Brazil). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering], E-mail: vlad@unifei.edu.br

    2009-07-01

    For a highly efficient biomass gasification/Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) Combined Heat and Power (CHP) generation system, the gasifier, the accompanying gas cleaning technologies and the CHP unit must be carefully designed as an integrated unit. This paper describes such a system involving a two-stage fixed-bed down draft gasifier, a SOFC CHP unit and a gas cleaning system. A gas cleaning system with both low temperature and high temperature sections is proposed for coupling the gasifier and the SOFC. Thermodynamic modeling was carried out for the gasifier/SOFC system with the proposed gas cleaning system. The net AC electrical efficiency of this system is around 30% and the overall system efficiency is around 60%. This paper also describes various exergy losses in the system and the future plans for integrated gasifier-GCU-SOFC experiments from which the results will be used to validate the modeling results of this system. (author)

  20. In-Operando Raman Characterization of Carbon Deposition on SOFC Anodes

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    Maher, R. C.

    2013-10-06

    Carbon formation within nickel-based solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anodes exposed to carbonaceous fuels typically leads to reduced operational lifetimes and performance, and can eventually lead to catastrophic failure through cracking and delamination. In-situ Raman spectroscopy has been shown to be a powerful characterization tool for the investigation of the dynamics of physical processes occurring within operational SOFCs in real time. Here we investigate the dynamics of carbon formation on a variety of nickel-based SOFC anodes as a function of temperature, fuel and electrical loading using Raman spectroscopy. We show that the rate of carbon formation throughout the SOFC anode can be significantly reduced through a careful consideration of the SOFC anode material, design and operational conditions. © The Electrochemical Society.

  1. Porous Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia Microstructures for SOFC Anode Fabrication

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    Palakkathodi Kammampata, Sanoop

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are electrochemical devices that convert fuels, such as hydrogen and natural gas, to electricity at high efficiencies, e.g., up to 90 %. SOFCs are emerging as a key technology for energy production that also minimize greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional thermal power generation. SOFCs, which are normally based on nickel-yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) anodes, undergo degradation with time due to their high operating temperatures and their susceptibility to damage due to anode oxidation (redox cycling) and poisoning. Ni infiltration into porous YSZ scaffolds is considered to be a promising approach for overcoming some of these problems and enhancing their redox tolerance. However, long-term instability of the morphology of these types of anodes is an important problem. The focus of this thesis was therefore to develop methods to form porous YSZ scaffolds and attempt to construct stable Ni-YSZ anodes with reasonable electrochemical performance by infiltration. In this work, the issue of long-term instability was considered to originate from both the porous YSZ scaffold microstructure and the Ni infiltration precursor employed. To study this more closely, two different porous YSZ scaffold microstructures were developed by using tape casting, followed by Ni infiltration using a polymeric precursor, known to form a continuous Ni phase, rather than electrically separated Ni particles. Ni infiltration into porous YSZ scaffolds with large grains (0.5 microm) and large pores (two types of pores: ˜0.5 microm and 5 microm) resulted in extensive Ni particle growth that resulted in poor stability and poor electrochemical performance (0.5 Ω cm2 per electrode at 800°C). Ni infiltration into a scaffold having finer grains and pores (˜200 nm each) resulted in anodes with a much lower polarization resistance of 0.11 Ω cm2 per electrode at 800°C, increasing by ˜5 % after 108 hours at this temperature.

  2. Overview of SOFC Anode Interactions with Coal Gas Impurities

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    O. A. Marina; L. R. Pederson; R. Gemmen; K. Gerdes; H. Finklea; I. B. Celik

    2010-03-01

    An overview of the results of SOFC anode interactions with phosphorus, arsenic, selenium, sulfur, antimony, and hydrogen chloride as single contaminants or in combinations is discussed. Tests were performed using both anode- and electrolyte-supported cells in synthetic and actual coal gas for periods greater than 1000 hours. Post-test analyses were performed to identify reaction products formed and their distribution, and compared to phases expected from thermochemical modeling. The ultimate purpose of this work is to establish maximum permissible concentrations for impurities in coal gas, to aid in the selection of appropriate coal gas clean-up technologies.

  3. Progress in the planar CPn SOFC system design verification

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    Elangovan, S.; Hartvigsen, J.; Khandkar, A. [SOFCo, Salt Lake City, UT (United States)

    1996-04-01

    SOFCo is developing a high efficiency, modular and scaleable planar SOFC module termed the CPn design. This design has been verified in a 1.4 kW module test operated directly on pipeline natural gas. The design features multistage oxidation of fuel wherein the fuel is consumed incrementally over several stages. High efficiency is achieved by uniform current density distribution per stage, which lowers the stack resistance. Additional benefits include thermal regulation and compactness. Test results from stack modules operating in pipeline natural gas are presented.

  4. Relaxation of stresses during reduction of anode supported SOFCs

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    Frandsen, Henrik Lund; Chatzichristodoulou, Christodoulos; Jørgensen, Peter Stanley

    2016-01-01

    To assess the reliability of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stacks during operation, the stress field in the stack must be known. During operation the stress field will depend on time as creep processes relax stresses. This work reports further details on a newly discovered creep phenomenon...... of a 3D microstructural reconstruction by FIB-SEM, a microstructural finite element model and analytical homogenization considerations. A significant decrease of stresses is observed through the reduction as predicted, which partly confirms the hypothesis for the accelerated creep. Also, a significant...

  5. Improvement of SOFC electrodes using mixed ionic-electronic conductors

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    Matsuzaki, Y.; Hishinuma, M. [Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. (Japan)

    1996-12-31

    Since the electrode reaction of SOFC is limited to the proximity of a triple phase boundary (TPB), the local current density at the electrode and electrolyte interface is larger than mean current density, which causes large ohmic and electrode polarization. This paper describes an application of mixed ionic-electronic conductors to reduce such polarization by means of (1) enhancing ionic conductivity of the electrolyte surface layer by coating a high ionic conductors, and (2) reducing the local current density by increasing the electrochemically active sites.

  6. Is micro-CHP price controllable under price signal controlled Virtual Power Plants?

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    You, Shi; Træholt, Chresten; Poulsen, Bjarne

    2011-01-01

    ) like aggregators. Compared to the centralized direct control scheme, a decentralized control scheme “controlby- price” is proposed for the VPP operation. The corresponding scheme has advantages in scalability, transparency and simplicity. In this context, a short term economic analysis is conducted...

  7. Modelling the SOFC behaviours by artificial neural network

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    Milewski, Jaroslaw; Swirski, Konrad [Institute of Heat Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, 25 Nowowiejska Street, 00-665 Warsaw (Poland)

    2009-07-15

    The Artificial Neural Network (ANN) can be applied to simulate an object's behaviour without an algorithmic solution merely by utilizing available experimental data. The ANN is used for modelling singular cell behaviour. The optimal network architecture is shown and commented. The error backpropagation algorithm was used for an ANN training procedure. The ANN based SOFC model has the following input parameters: current density, temperature, fuel volume flow density (ml min{sup -1} cm{sup -2}), and oxidant volume flow density. Based on these input parameters, cell voltage is predicted by the model. Obtained results show that the ANN can be successfully used for modelling the singular solid oxide fuel cell. The self-learning process of the ANN provides an opportunity to adapt the model to new situations (e.g. certain types of impurities at inlet streams etc.). Based on the results from this study it can be concluded that, by using the ANN, an SOFC can be modelled with relatively high accuracy. In contrast to traditional models, the ANN is able to predict cell voltage without knowledge of numerous physical, chemical, and electrochemical factors. (author)

  8. Energy balance model of a SOFC cogenerator operated with biogas

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    Van herle, Jan; Maréchal, F.; Leuenberger, S.; Favrat, D.

    A small cogeneration system based on a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) fed on the renewable energy source biogas is presented. An existing farm biogas production site (35 m 3 per day), currently equipped with a SOFC demonstration stack, is taken for reference. A process flow diagram was defined in a software package allowing to vary system operating parameters like the fuel inlet composition, reforming technology, stack temperature and stack current (or fuel conversion). For system reforming simplicity, a base case parameter set was defined as the fuel inlet of 60% CH 4:40% CO 2 mixed with air in a 1:1 ratio, together with 800 °C operating temperature and 80% fuel conversion. A model stack, consisting of 100 series elements of anode supported electrolyte cells of 100 cm 2 each, was calculated to deliver 3.1 kW el and 5.16 kW th from an input of 1.5 N m 3/h of biogas (8.95 kW LHV), corresponding to 33.8 and 57.6% electrical and thermal efficiencies (Lower Heating Values (LHVs)), respectively. The incidence on the efficiencies of the model system was examined by the variation of a number of parameters such as the CO 2 content in the biogas, the amount of air addition to the biogas stream, the addition of steam to the fuel inlet, the air excess ratio λ and the stack operating temperature, and the results discussed.

  9. Modelling and Fabrication of Micro-SOFC Membrane Structure

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    Brigita ABAKEVIČIENĖ

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Fabrication process of micro-SOFC membrane structure using the bulk micromachining of silicon technique with SiO2 and Si3N4 sacrificial layers is presented in this study. The process involves back side photolithography, magnetron sputtering of platinum thin films, thermal evaporation of YSZ electrolyte, deep reactive ion etching of silicon, and, finally, release of free-standing membrane using CF4/O2 plasma etching.X-ray analysis shows the cubic phase of YSZ electrolyte and platinum electrodes. Modelling of normal stress distribution in the micro-SOFC structure with the Si3N4 sacrificial layer shows that at high temperatures the substrate expands less than the coating, causing tensile stresses in the substrate area next to the coating and compressive stresses in the coating, as the substrate material has a lower coefficient of thermal expansion than the layered Pt/YSZ/Pt coating. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.20.2.5585

  10. 抗积碳 SOFC 阳极材料的研究进展%Review of SOFC Anode with Resistance to Carbon Deposition

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    张磊磊; 李闯; 宋昭远; 龙文; 张雷

    2015-01-01

    固体氧化物燃料电池(SOFC)是将燃料气的化学能直接转化为电能的全固态结构的装置,具有高效、无污染等优点。传统 SOFC 阳极材料是镍基陶瓷材料(Ni/YSZ),它在高温下会出现积碳和硫中毒的问题。因此,探索和开发抗积碳、耐硫的阳极材料显得尤为必要。综述了抗积碳 SOFC 阳极材料的一些研究进展,特别关注了钙钛矿型阳极材料的一些最新研究成果,分析了该类阳极的优点及缺点,并展望了抗积碳 SOFC 阳极材料在未来的发展方向。%Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC)can convert the chemical energy of the fuel directly into electricity with high efficiency,low population and wide fuel applicability.Ni-based ceramic material was used as the traditional SOFC anode.This anode shows carbon deposition and sulfur poisoning when natural gas was used as fuel for SOFC.Therefore,development of novel SOFC anode materials with good resistance to carbon deposition and sulfur poisoning has attracted considerable interest. This article reviews the recent developments of anode in SOFC with principal emphasis on the material aspects.In addition,the developments of carbon tolerant SOFC anode materials were presented from their properties.The emphasis will be placed on the development of perovskite-type anode material researches.Finally,this review will be concluded with its perspectives on the future research directions of this area.

  11. Dense Membranes for Anode Supported all Perovskite IT-SOFCs

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    Rambabu Bobba

    2006-09-14

    During this first year of the project, a post doctoral fellow (Dr. Hrudananda Jena), and two graduate students (Mr. Vinay B. V. Sivareddy, Aswin Somuru), were supported through this project funds. Also, partial support was provided to three undergraduate students (Jonthan Dooley, India Snowden, Jeremy Gilmore) majoring in Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering disciplines. Various wet chemical methods of synthesis have been attempted to prepare perovskite oxide powders with a hope to improve and engineer its properties to meet the requirements of Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (IT-SOFCs) components. Various compounds were synthesized, characterized by XRD, TEM, SEM, XPS, electron microprobe and their electrical transport properties were measured by EIS at elevated temperatures and compared. Sonochemical technique (power of ultra sonic probe 750 watt) combined with hydrothermal treatment of precursors for the preparation of calcium hydroxy apatites (Ca-HAp) was used for the first time. Ca-HAp was substituted with Sr and Mg (50% replacement of Ca in Ca-HAp) to study the effect of substitution on Ca-HAp. Calcium hydroxy apatite is a bioceramic and has potential applications as artificial bone, enamel materials. In this study we tried to investigate its use as proton conductors in PC-SOFC. The properties like electrical conductivity, crystal structure, compositions of CaHAp were studied and compared with the natural bone material. The comparison found to be excellent indicating the efficiency of the preparation techniques. The typical value of conductivity measured is 0.091 x 10{sup -6} Scm{sup -1} at 25 C and 19.26 x 10{sup -6} Scm{sup -1} at 850 C with an applied frequency of 100 kHz. The conductivity increases on increasing frequency and temperature and reaches 0.05mS/cm at 500 C. The crystal structure and phase stability of perovskites as well as apatites were investigated with respect to substitution of various iso-valent and alivalent ions to

  12. Manufacturing of Electrolyte and Cathode Layers SOFC Using Atmospheric Spraying Method and Its Characterization

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    S. Sulistyo

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The use of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC has created various interest in many parties, due to its capability to convert gases into electricity. The main requirement of SOFC cell components is to be produced as thin as possible to minimize the losses of electrical resistance, as well as able to support internal and external loads. This paper discusses the procedure of making a thin electrolyte layer, as well as a porous thin layer cathode using atmospheric spraying technique. The procedure of spraying was in room temperature with the process of sintering at temperature of 13500 C held for 3 hours. The SOFC characterization of electrolyte and cathode microstructure was determined by using the SEM, FESEM, XRD and impedance spectroscopy, to measure the impedance of SOFC cells. The results show that the thickness of thin layer electrolyte and porous cathode obtained of about 20 µm and 4 µm, respectively. Also the SOFC cell impedance was measured of 2.3726 x 106 Ω at room temperature. The finding also demonstrated that although the materials (anode, cathode and electrolyte possess different coefficient thermal expansion, there was no evidence of flaking layers which seen the materials remain intact. Thus, the atmospheric spraying method can offer an alternative method to manufacturing of SOFC thin layer electrolyte and cathode. [Key words: SOFC; spraying method; electrolyte; cathode

  13. Physically based dynamic modeling of planar anode-supported sofc cogeneration systems

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    Albrecht, Kevin J.

    Abstract Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) have been a key area of academic research interest over the past decade due to their high electrical efficiency, fuel flexibility, and high quality waste heat. These benefits suggest that SOFCs could play a significant role as a future distributed generation, combined heat and power source if life cycle cost can be reduced or significant incentives such as a carbon tax are implemented. At the current point in SOFC development, degradation effects limit the operational lifetime of SOFCs. Other research efforts have suggested that the dynamic operation of SOFCs could improve the economics in addition to reducing degradation. Thus the development of high fidelity modeling tools for the assessment of dynamic SOFC system operation is important to determine the potential load-following ability of SOFC systems. One of the goals of this research is to identify the required level of fidelity necessary for a dynamic SOFC system-level simulation tool. The channel-level steady-state simulation and dynamic response to step changes in current density are presented for a one-dimensional and `quasi' two-dimensional model. The results indicate the predicted temperature gradient is less severe when implementing a higher fidelity `quasi' two-dimensional model. Additionally, the modeling and sizing of the balance of plant components to simulate off-design and system dynamics are presented. The effects of dynamic balance of plant components are compared to the typically accepted steady-state models. The incorporation of the dynamic balance of plant components are shown to have a significant effect on the dynamics of the waste heat recovery, where the power dynamics are only minimally affected. Finally, the steady-state performance at off-design conditions and dynamic response to step changes in the net system power are presented to assess the potential load-following ability of a combined heat and power SOFC system.

  14. Reforming of JP-8 in Microplasmas for Compact SOFC Power 500 W

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    2012-11-30

    REPORT Final Report: Reforming of JP-8 in Microplasmas for Compact SOFC Power  W (W911NF0710118) 14. ABSTRACT 16. SECURITY CLASSIFICATION OF: The...Mar-2007 Standard Form 298 (Rev 8/98) Prescribed by ANSI Std. Z39.18 - 31-Jul-2010 Final Report: Reforming of JP-8 in Microplasmas for Compact SOFC ...for Compact SOFC Power,” Topical Symposium on Plasma Processing, AIChE Spring Meeting, Tampa, Florida, April 27, 2009. R.S. Besser, “Micro and

  15. A ZeroDimensional Model of a 2nd Generation Planar SOFC Using Calibrated Parameters

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    Brian Elmegaard

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a zero-dimensional mathematical model of a planar 2nd generation coflow SOFC developed for simulation of power systems. The model accounts for the electrochemical oxidation of hydrogen as well as the methane reforming reaction and the water-gas shift reaction. An important part of the paper is the electrochemical sub-model, where experimental data was used to calibrate specific parameters. The SOFC model was implemented in the DNA simulation software which is designed for energy system simulation. The result is an accurate and flexible tool suitable for simulation of many different SOFC-based power systems.

  16. Plant Characteristics af a Multi-Fuel Sofc-Stirling Hybrid Configuration

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    Rokni, Masoud

    2012-01-01

    is generated. Simulations for the proposed system were conducted using different fuels which facilitate use of variety of fuels depending on availability. Here, results for Natural Gas (NG), ammonia, Di-Methyl Ether (DME), methanol and ethanol are presented and analysed. System behaviour is further...... efficiency compared with the stand alone Stirling engine or SOFC plant. For the SOFC and Stirling combined configuration, the overall power production has increased by about 10% compared to the stand alone SOFC plant. System efficiencies of about 60% are achieved which is remarkable for such small plant...

  17. Effects of hydrogen sulfide in fuel gas on SOFC stack performance with nickel containing anodes

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    Kavurucu Schubert, Sena

    2012-07-01

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) can use wide varieties of fuels such as hydrogen, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, alcohols as well as synthesis gases from natural gas, biogas and petroleum. Using such a wide range of fuels introduces the risk of unwanted impurities, which can affect the function of the SOFC. One of the known impurities is sulfur which is a well known catalyst poison. This work deals with the effect of H{sub 2}S containing fuel gas on SOFC stack performance as well as regeneration processes and their underlying mechanisms.

  18. Novel Composite Materials for SOFC Cathode-Interconnect Contact

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    J. H. Zhu

    2009-07-31

    This report summarized the research efforts and major conclusions of our University Coal Research Project, which focused on developing a new class of electrically-conductive, Cr-blocking, damage-tolerant Ag-perovksite composite materials for the cathode-interconnect contact of intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stacks. The Ag evaporation rate increased linearly with air flow rate initially and became constant for the air flow rate {ge} {approx} 1.0 cm {center_dot} s{sup -1}. An activation energy of 280 KJ.mol{sup -1} was obtained for Ag evaporation in both air and Ar+5%H{sub 2}+3%H{sub 2}O. The exposure environment had no measurable influence on the Ag evaporation rate as well as its dependence on the gas flow rate, while different surface morphological features were developed after thermal exposure in the oxidizing and reducing environments. Pure Ag is too volatile at the SOFC operating temperature and its evaporation rate needs to be reduced to facilitate its application as the cathode-interconnect contact. Based on extensive evaporation testing, it was found that none of the alloying additions reduced the evaporation rate of Ag over the long-term exposure, except the noble metals Au, Pt, and Pd; however, these noble elements are too expensive to justify their practical use in contact materials. Furthermore, the addition of La{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}MnO{sub 3} (LSM) into Ag to form a composite material also did not significantly modify the Ag evaporation rate. The Ag-perovskite composites with the perovskite being either (La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4})(Co{sub 0.8}Fe{sub 0.2})O{sub 3} (LSCF) or LSM were systematically evaluated as the contact material between the ferritic interconnect alloy Crofer 22 APU and the LSM cathode. The area specific resistances (ASRs) of the test specimens were shown to be highly dependent on the volume percentage and the type of the perovskite present in the composite contact material as well as the amount of thermal cycling

  19. SOFC/TEG hybrid mCHP system. Final report

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    2012-03-15

    The starting point for this project have been the challenge has been to develop a cost effective solution with long term stability. This is where a focused effort in a strong consortium covering material research, module development and manufacture as well as device design and optimization can make a real difference. In March 2010 the SOFTEG phase II project was initiated and a cooperation organization was established to implement the project as a development and demonstration project involving the staff from all project partners. The project is now completed with excellent and documented outcome. The final results by Alpcon have been demonstration as a TEG-based mCHP system calls CHP Dual Engine Power System, which will be applicable as both a standalone TEG-CHP hybrid system, but also as an auxiliary power unit and power booster for the SOFC system. However the SOFC system cannot cover the household's heat demand alone so it is necessary to combine a SOFC system together with a water heater/boiler system to cover the peak heat demand of a residential house or a complex building. The SOFTEG project partners achieved significant results that mainly can be outlined as following: 1) University of Aarhus has improved the thermal stability of ZnSb by optimizing the concentration of Nano composite material. 2) The grain size and its influence on the sintering process by spark plasma method are investigated by Aarhus University, but further work seems to be necessary. 3) The TE material is going to commercialization by Aarhus University. 4) Aalborg University has prepared simulation tools for complex thermoelectric simulation in non-steady state condition. 5) The new type DCDC interleaved converter using the MPPT system for optimal power tracing is designed, build and tested by Aalborg University in cooperation with Alpcon. This task is included overall system design, control system implementation and power electronic control design. 6) Full scale practical

  20. Development of an integrated system for a SOFC for combined heat and power generation; Entwicklung eines integrierten Systems fuer eine SOFC mit Kraft-Waerme-Stoffkopplung

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    Stichtenoth, J.; Meyer-Pittroff, R.

    2002-06-01

    The feasibility of CO2 removal from the exhaust of a 250 kW{sub e} SOFC module, with recirculation of the liquefied CO2 is discussed for the example of a German brewery (Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan). An electric efficiency of 50% can be achieved provided that the liquefied CO2 is utilized to substitute CO2 liquefaction in another point of the process. The high-temperature waste heat of the 250 kW SOFC is fed into the brewer's copper via feedwater preheating. [German] In dieser Studie werden die Moeglichkeiten einer technischen Rueckgewinnung von CO{sub 2} aus dem Abgasstrom eines SOFC-Moduls mit 250 kW elektrischer Leistung und Rueckfuehrung des verfluessigten CO{sub 2} in den Wertschoepfungsprozess am Beispiel der Bayerischen Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan untersucht. Unter der Voraussetzung, dass dieses verfluessigte CO{sub 2} als Produkt Verwendung findet und die CO{sub 2}-Verfluessigung an anderer Stelle substituiert, kann der von der SOFC gelieferte Energiebeitrag zur CO{sub 2}-Verfluessigung dem Gesamtsystem gutgeschrieben werden, so dass der elektrische Wirkungsgrad bei 50% bleibt. Die Hochtemperaturabwaerme der 250 kW-SOFC wird ueber eine Speisewasservorwaermung in den Dampfkessel der Brauerei eingekoppelt.

  1. Development of innovative metal-supported IT-SOFC technology

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    2005-07-01

    The results of tests on a solid oxide fuel cell developed by Ceres Power Ltd are reported. The fabrication and construction of the thick film ceramic fuel cell on porous stainless steel substrate is described. Tests were conducted under constant load and under recycling. In stack development, the cells were interconnected by laser-welding the steel substrates to the plates. Possible concepts for an IT-SOFC based on a small CHP system were evaluated by computer modelling. The performance levels of the cell at various temperatures, and the cost estimates, are given as evidence of suitability for development towards commercialisation. The study was conducted as part of a UK DTI programme on New and Renewable Energy Sources.

  2. Overview of SOFC/SOEC development at DTU Energy Conversion

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    Hagen, Anke

    2014-01-01

    According to a broad political agreement in Denmark, the Danish energy system should become independent on fossil fuels like oil, coal and natural gas by the year 2050. This aim requires expansion of electricity production from renewable sources, in particular wind mills. In order to balance the .......g. in micro structural analysis and electrochemistry, in order to understand fundamental processes in detail and thus being able to improve SOFC/SOEC based on this knowledge....... Topsoe Fuel Cell A/S. Recent achievements will be presented ranging from development of new cell generations, manufacturability, up to testing under realistic operating conditions including degradation studies and high pressure testing. A strong focus will be on development of methodologies, e...

  3. 10 kW SOFC Power System Commercialization

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    Dan Norrick; Brad Palmer; Charles Vesely; Eric Barringer; John Budge; Cris DeBellis; Rich Goettler; Milind Kantak; Steve Kung; Zhien Liu; Tom Morris; Keith Rackers; Gary Roman; Greg Rush; Liang Xue

    2006-02-01

    Cummins Power Generation (CPG) as the prime contractor and SOFCo-EFS Holdings LLC (SOFCo), as their subcontractor, teamed under the Solid-state Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA) program to develop 3-10kW solid oxide fuel cell systems for use in recreational vehicles, commercial work trucks and stand-by telecommunications applications. The program goal is demonstration of power systems that meet commercial performance requirements and can be produced in volume at a cost of $400/kW. This report summarizes the team's activities during the seventh six-month period (July-December 2005) of the four-year Phase I effort. While there has been significant progress in the development of the SOFC subsystems that can support meeting the program Phase 1 goals, the SOFCo ceramic stack technology has progressed significantly slower than plan and CPG consider it unlikely that the systemic problems encountered will be overcome in the near term. SOFCo has struggled with a series of problems associated with inconsistent manufacturing, inadequate cell performance, and the achievement of consistent, durable, low resistance inter-cell connections with reduced or no precious materials. A myriad of factors have contributed to these problems, but the fact remains that progress has not kept pace with the SECA program. A contributing factor in SOFCo's technical difficulties is attributed to their significantly below plan industry cost share spending over the last four years. This has resulted in a much smaller SOFC stack development program, has contributed to SOFCo not being able to aggressively resolve core issues, and clouds their ability to continue into a commercialization phase. In view of this situation, CPG has conducted an independent assessment of the state-of-the-art in planar SOFC's stacks and have concluded that alternative technology exists offering the specific performance, durability, and low cost needed to meet the SECA objectives. We have further concluded

  4. Fabrication and characteristics of unit cell for SOFC

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    Kim, Gwi-Yeol; Eom, Seung-Wook; Moon, Seong-In [Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute, Kyongnam (Korea, Republic of)] [and others

    1996-12-31

    Research and development on solid oxide fuel cells in Korea have been mainly focused on unit cell and small stack. Fuel cell system is called clean generation system which not cause NOx or SOx. It is generation efficiency come to 50-60% in contrast to 40% of combustion generation system. Among the fuel cell system, solid oxide fuel cell is constructed of ceramics, so stack construction is simple, power density is very high, and there are no corrosion problems. The object of this study is to develop various composing material for SOFC generation system, and to test unit cell performance manufactured. So we try to present a guidance for developing mass power generation system. We concentrated on development of manufacturing process for cathode, anode and electrolyte.

  5. Power generation characteristics of tubular type SOFC by wet process

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    Tajiri, H.; Nakayama, T. [Kyushu Electric Power Company, Inc., Fukuoka (Japan); Kuroishi, M. [TOTO Ltd., Kanagawa (Japan)] [and others

    1996-12-31

    The development of a practical solid oxide fuel cell requires improvement of a cell performance and a cell manufacturing technology suitable for the mass production. In particular tubular type SOFC is thought to be superior in its reliability because its configuration can avoid the high temperature sealing and reduce the thermal stress resulting from the contact between cells. The authors have fabricated a tubular cell with an air electrode support by a wet processing technique, which is suitable for mass production in improving a power density. To enhance the power output of the module, the Integrated Tubular-Type (ITT) cell has been developed. This paper reports the performance of the single cells with various active anode areas and the bundle with series-connected 9-ITT cells with an active anode area of 840 cm{sup 2}.

  6. Two years experience with the 100 kW SOFC Cogeneration Unit at Arnhem

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    Sukkel, Jaap [NUON, Arnhem (Netherlands)

    2000-07-01

    Since January 1998, the 100 kWe EDB/EIsam solid oxide fuel cell cogeneration unit is in operation in Westervoort. The projects objectives are to: 1) demonstrate the high efficiency and low emissions of the Westinghouse SOFC technology on a 100 kWe scale, 2) gain experience on the operation and maintenance of the SOFC as a cogeneration unit, 3) establish technical characteristics (in-/output, availability/durability and low emissions) of the SOFC technology, and 4) determine the technical and economical possibilities of the SOFC technology. In the first half of 1998 the unit operated at nominal power conditions for almost 3700 hours. After a revision in the U.S., the unit started operations in March 1999, and operated for more than 8000 hours (April 2000). The experience with the operation of the unit and some test results are presented in this paper. (author)

  7. An integral proton conducting SOFC for simultaneous production of ethylene and power from ethane.

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    Fu, Xian-Zhu; Luo, Jing-Li; Sanger, Alan R; Danilovic, Nemanja; Chuang, Karl T

    2010-03-28

    A novel, integral, tri-layered, proton conducting membrane SOFC was readily fabricated for simultaneous conversion of ethane at 650-700 degrees C to electrical power and ethylene with high selectivity.

  8. Numerical Study of Heterogeneous Reactions in an SOFC Anode with Oxygen Addition

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    Hao, Yong; Goodwin, David G.

    2008-01-01

    Previous experimental studies have shown that addition of small amounts of oxygen to a hydrocarbon fuel stream can control coking in the anode, while relatively large amounts of oxygen are present in the fuel stream in single-chamber solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). In order to rationally design an anode for such use, it is important to understand the coupled catalytic oxidation/reforming chemistry and diffusion within the anode under SOFC operating conditions. In this study, the heterogeneous...

  9. Municipal Solid Waste Gasification Plant Integrated With SOFC and Gas Turbine

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    Bellomare, Filippo; Rokni, Masoud

    2012-01-01

    An interesting source of producing energy with low pollutants emission and reduced environmental impact are the biomasses; particularly using Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) as fuel, can be a competitive solution not only to produce energy with negligible costs but also to decrease the storage in landfills. A Municipal Solid Waste Gasification Plant Integrated with Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) and Gas Turbine (GT) has been studied and the plant is called IGSG (Integrated Gasification SOFC and GT)...

  10. Progress in High Power Density SOFC Material Development for Aerospace Applications

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    Cable, Thomas L.; Sofie, Stephen W.; Setlock, John A.; Misra, Ajay K.

    2004-01-01

    Solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) systems for aircraft applications require order of magnitude increase in specific power density and long life under aircraft operating conditions. Advanced SOFC materials and fabrication processes are being developed at NASA GRC to increase specific power density and durability of SOFC cell and stack. Initial research efforts for increasing specific power density are directed toward increasing the operating temperature for the SOFC system and reducing the weight of the stack. While significant research is underway to develop anode supported SOFC system operating at temperatures in the range of 650 - 850 C for ground power generation applications, such temperatures may not yield the power densities required for aircraft applications. For electrode-supported cells, SOFC stacks with power densities greater than 1.0 W/sq cm are favorable at temperatures in excess of 900 C. The performance of various commercial and developmental anode supported cells is currently being evaluated in the temperature range of 900 to 1000 C to assess the performance gains and materials reliability. The results from these studies will be presented. Since metal interconnects developed for lower temperature operation are not practical at these high temperatures, advanced perovskite based ceramic interconnects with high electronic conductivity and lower sintering temperatures are being developed. Another option for increasing specific power density of SOFC stacks is to decrease the stack weight. Since the interconnect contributes to a significant portion of the stack weight, considerable weight benefits can be derived by decreasing its thickness. Eliminating the gas channels in the interconnect by engineering the pore structure in both anode and cathode can offer significant reduction in thickness of the ceramic interconnect material. New solid oxide fuel cells are being developed with porous engineered electrode supported structures with a 10 - 20 micron thin

  11. Development of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC); Desenvolvimento de celulas a combustivel do tipo oxido solido (SOFC)

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    Souza, F.M.B. de; Carvalho, L.F.V. de; Alencar, M.G de; Boaventura, J.S. [Universidade Federal da Bahia (DFQ/UFBA), Salvador, BA (Brazil). Dept de Fisico-Quimica. Grupo de energia e Ciencias dos Materiais], e-mail: bventura@ufba.br

    2008-07-01

    The most promising technology for generating electric power, with reduced environmental impact, is the fuel cell. This technology is virtually non-polluting and the fuel supplies can be renewable. Therefore is necessary to study the technique of preparing the entire anode / electrolyte / cathode to optimize its operation. There are still major challenges to making the SOFC economically viable. The key is the improvement of manufacturing of its components and use of materials that can simultaneously reduce costs and reduce the temperature of operation. Among the properties of the cell, was shown the dependence of the efficiency of the device on the properties of the electrolyte, particularly its thickness. The mixture of YSZ with GDC in the composition of the anode and electrolyte aims to obtain a material with greater ionic conductivity. After sintering the cell was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). (author)

  12. Development of an insulation layer for a lightweight SOFC stack; Entwicklung einer Isolationsschicht fuer einen Leichtbau-SOFC-Stack

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    Berhane, Raphael

    2010-07-01

    For the implementation of application-specific solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) power units Juelich's SOFC concept combines single cells into a stack. In this concept the electrochemically active cell components are electrically connected by adequate structured metallic interconnects. At the same time these interconnects serve as the in- and outlet pipe for the reaction gases. At the operating temperature of the SOFC (600-800 C) the interconnects have to be electrically insulated and gastightly separated from each other. The aim of this dissertation was to develop a low-cost sealing with superior properties for deployment in SOFCs. The essential requirements to a sealing material, besides the electrical insulation and the gas-tightness, are the chemical stability against the reaction gases, a thermal expansion coefficient identical to the one of the steel interconnect, an effective adhesive strength to the interconnect and high mechanical stability. To fulfill these requirements specifically selected ceramic materials for this purpose were screen-printed on the interconnects (Crofer 22 APU) which allowed the assembling after only one heating cycle. It was important to limit the assembling temperature to nearly 1050 C due to the vastly shortened lifetime of the steel parts at high temperatures. By the approach of ceramic liquid phase sintering, an insulating sealing material was developed, which fulfils the requirements above. In the first part of this work basis materials were characterized. For example, the adjustment to the thermal expnasion coefficient of the steel was possible with 3YSZ + 97 mol% MgO. The high MgO fraction leads to an electrical conductivity between 10{sup -5} and 10{sup -6}S/cm at 800 C. To lower the sintering temperature down to 1050 C it was inevitable to use sintering additives. The additives from the system Li{sub 2}O-B{sub 2}O{sub 3} turned out to be especially favourable. In the second part basis materials in combination with additives

  13. Optimal design of bi-layer interconnector for SOFC based on CFD-Taguchi method

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    Chen, Qiuyang; Zeng, Min; Zhang, Jian; Wang, Qiuwang [State Key Laboratory of Multiphase Flow in Power Engineering, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an, Shaanxi 710049 (China)

    2010-05-15

    In order to reduce the concentration polarization of SOFC, a novel SOFC with bi-layer interconnector is presented. This novel bi-layer interconnector can disturb the fuel and air gas flow in the direction which is normal to the SOFC triple-layer and enhance the mass transfer effectively. In this paper, the effect of bi-layer interconnector on the performance of SOFC is investigated with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) method. Three controllable parameters of interconnector are considered. Each parameter has five levels. The Taguchi method is used as a systematic approach to plan and analyze the CFD results. The numerical results show that the novel interconnector can enhance the mass transfer in porous electrode, reduce the concentration polarization of SOFC, and improve the performance of SOFC. The Taguchi method can reduce the calculation model amount and the calculation time significantly. The optimal levels of controllable parameters for bi-layer interconnects are determined. The contribution ratio of rib height H is the most significant one, for which more attention should be paid during the design and operation stages. (author)

  14. Chemically stable proton conducting doped BaCeO₃ -no more fear to SOFC wastes.

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    Kannan, Ramaiyan; Singh, Kalpana; Gill, Sukhdeep; Fürstenhaupt, Tobias; Thangadurai, Venkataraman

    2013-01-01

    Development of chemically stable proton conductors for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) will solve several issues, including cost associated with expensive inter-connectors, and long-term durability. Best known Y-doped BaCeO3 (YBC) proton conductors-based SOFCs suffer from chemical stability under SOFC by-products including CO2 and H2O. Here, for the first time, we report novel perovskite-type Ba0.5Sr0.5Ce0.6Zr0.2Gd0.1Y0.1O3-δ by substituting Sr for Ba and co-substituting Gd + Zr for Ce in YBC that showed excellent chemical stability under SOFC by-products (e.g., CO2 and H2O) and retained a high proton conductivity, key properties which were lacking since the discovery of YBCs. In situ and ex- situ powder X-ray diffraction and thermo-gravimetric analysis demonstrate superior structural stability of investigated perovskite under SOFC by-products. The electrical measurements reveal pure proton conductivity, as confirmed by an open circuit potential of 1.15 V for H2-air cell at 700°C, and merits as electrolyte for H-SOFCs.

  15. Investigation of Coupling Characteristics of SOFC/MGT Hybrid System%SOFC/MGT混合系统耦合特性研究

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    赵华; 党政; 席光

    2011-01-01

    In a SOFC/MGT hybrid distributed energy system,the performance and safety are greatly influenced by the parameters of MGT.In this paper,a typical numerical model of SOFC/MGT system has been built up.The effects of turbine inlet temperature(TIT) and pressure ratio(PR) to the performance of the hybrid system have been investigated.The results show that the output power and efficiency of the system will come down with the TIT or PR increasing;on the contrary, the possibility that the SOFC and hybrid system may be destroyed will grow with lower value of TIT or PR.Consequently,while a SOFC/MGT hybrid system is designed,it is very important to select appropriate value of TIT and PR.%在SOFC/MGT混合分布式能源系统中,选择不同的系统参数将对SOFC乃至SOFC/MGT混合系统的输出特性、安全运行等造成很大的影响。本文建立了一个典型的SOFC/MGT混合系统计算模型,研究了透平入口温度及燃气轮机压比对混合系统性能的影响。结果表明,透平入口温度和压比增大时,系统的输出功率和效率都会下降,而透平入口温度和压比较小时,SOFC及混合系统因温度过高而产生损坏的可能性增加。因而,在进行SOFC/MGT混合系统进行设计时,应综合考虑,透平入口温度和压比应选择在较合适的范围内。

  16. SOFC-APU中国东北货车市场应用分析

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    周苏; 王士嘉; 张瑞(通讯作者)

    2014-01-01

    A Diesel engine on conventional trucks has a low efficiency during idling condition which leads to a high cost to heating or cooling in the cab during the night.The solution to this problem will have great significance on energy conservation and emissions reduction.The new vehicle Auxiliary Power Unit SOFC-APU with high generation efficiency solves this problem perfectly. Heat pump air conditioner is considered as a promising device for the application of SOFC -APU with a high cooling and heating efficiency.To make a quantitative analysis for the application of SOFC-APU,a model is built in Matlab/Simulink.The diesel engine model and SOFC-APU model are fitted based on some experimental datas of SOFC-APU and diesel engine during idling condition. The prospect of the application of SOFC-APU on the truck in China Northeast region is comprehensively analysed including efficiency and emissions.%传统货车的发动机在怠速工况下的效率很低,这会导致夜间驾驶室内的取暖和制冷成本较高。SOFC-APU这一新型的车用动力辅助装置以其较高的发电效率很好地弥补了这一缺陷,对货车的节能减排具有重大的意义。热泵空调系统具有较高的制热和制冷效率,这解决了SOFC-APU在货车上的应用难题。为了对SOFC-APU装置在货车市场上的应用进行定量分析,本文基于相关的实验数据在Matlab/Simulink建立了相关的数学模型。针对各种类型的货车,本文在效率、排放、成本等方面进行了对比,然后综合分析了SOFC-APU在中国东北货车市场的应用前景。

  17. Thermal start-up behaviour and thermal management of SOFC's

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    Apfel, H.; Tu, H.; Stimming, U. [Department of Physics E19, Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Interfaces and Energy Conversion, James-Franck-Str. 1, 85748 Garching (Germany); Rzepka, M. [Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research (ZAE), Walther-Meissner-Str. 6, 85748 Garching (Germany)

    2006-03-21

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) have many attractive features for widespread applications. The high operating temperature provides a valuable heat source and in contrast to low temperature fuel cells they not only tolerate substances such as CO but can even use them as fuel. Thus, reforming of hydrocarbon fuels for SOFCs can be done without additional gas purification. As both stack and hydrocarbon reformer unit have to be operated at high temperatures (700-1000{sup o}C), thermal management plays an important role in the successful operation of SOFC systems. As the SOFC system contains ceramic components, both large thermal gradients in the system and thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) mismatch must be avoided. Matching TECs is done by selecting the suitable materials. Avoiding high temperature gradients is done by selecting the right system design and control strategies. In order to achieve both, we have built a finite element simulation for a complete SOFC systems which allows to study system parameters both during steady operation and during transients. Examples of the thermal start-up behaviour for several system configurations are given for selected components as well as internal temperatures of the SOFC-stack during start-up. The simulation model includes also the option to simulate the effects of internal methane reformation in the SOFC stack. As the minimum operation temperature is high, cooling down of the system has to be avoided if instant operation is desired. This can be achieved either passively by selecting suitable thermal insulation materials and/or actively by adopting a strategy for maintaining the temperature. (author)

  18. Measurement of residual stresses in deposited films of SOFC component materials

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    Kato, T.; Momma, A.; Nagata, S.; Kasuga, Y. [Electrotechnical Lab., Ibaraki (Japan)

    1996-12-31

    The stress induced in Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC)s has important influence on the lifetime of SOFC. But the data on stress in SOFC and mechanical properties of SOW component materials have not been accumulated enough to manufacture SOFC. Especially, the data of La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}MnO{sub 3} cathode and La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}CrO{sub 3} interconnection have been extremely limited. We have estimated numerically the dependences of residual stress in SOFC on the material properties, the cell structure and the fabrication temperatures of the components, but these unknown factors have caused obstruction to simulate the accurate behavior of residual stress. Therefore, the residual stresses in deposited La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}MnO{sub 3} and La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}CrO{sub 3} films are researched by the observation of the bending behavior of the substrate strips. The films of SOFC component materials were prepared by the RF sputtering method, because: (1) It can fabricate dense films of poor sinterable material such as La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}CrO{sub 3} compared with sintering or plasma spray method. (2) For the complicated material such as perovskite materials, the difference between the composition of a film and that of a target material is generally small. (3) It can fabricate a thick ceramics film by improving of the deposition rate. For example, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} thick films of 50{mu}m can be fabricated with the deposition rate of approximately 5{mu}m/h industrially. In this paper, the dependence of residual stress on the deposition conditions is defined and mechanical properties of these materials are estimated from the results of the experiments.

  19. PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS OF l kW RESIDENTIAL SOFC-CHP SYSTEM%1kW家用SOFC-CHP系统建模及性能分析

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    徐晗; 党政; 白博峰

    2011-01-01

    A combined heating and power system (CHP) driven by natrual gas was established based on solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC), relevant SOFC heat and mass transfer equations as well as electrochemical equations were deduced, and component models were built and solved by FORTRAN as a tool to predict the system performance of a 1 kW residential SOFC-CHP system. The results indicate that the system efficiency is much higher than the generating efficiency of SOFC under the design-point condition. A maximum value of electric power appears with the increase of the inlet fuel flow, fuel utilization and electric efficiency decrease, system cogeneration efficiency experiences a rising trend, and the cell temperature gradient distribution becomes growingly even. Reducing the excess air ratio could enhance the system performance.The above conclusions are very useful for the design and optimization of the residential SOFC-CHP system.%构建一个以天然气为燃料的SOFC-CHP系统,推导SOFC传热传质及电化学方程,建立各个组件的数学模型,编写计算程序,对发电功率为1kW的家用SOFC-CHP系统在设计工况下进行性能模拟并探讨不同系统参数对性能的影响.计算结果表明:在设计工况下,系统热电联供效率远高于电池单独发电的效率;此外,随着燃料入口流量的增大,系统发电功率存在一个最大值,燃料利用率与发电效率不断减小,系统热电联供效率不断增大,SOFC的温度梯度分布则越来越平缓;同时发现降低过量空气系数可以提高该CHP系统的性能.

  20. Capability of a SOFC-APU to optimise the fuel consumption of motor vehicles; Potenzial einer SOFC-APU bei der Verbrauchsoptimierung von Kraftfahrzeugen

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    Diegelmann, Christian B.

    2008-04-28

    While the energy system motor vehicle is analysed in this work different application possibilities of a SOFC-Auxiliary Power Unit for reducing the fuel consumption are identified. Apart from the pure electric power supply the APU can support functions like the engine-stop automatism or electric driving (hybrid vehicle). In addition the SOFC-APU generates waste heat at a high temperature level. The waste heat can be used for heating the passenger cabin or for preheating the combustion engine. Several methods are used for evaluating the conservation potentials. A simple estimate of the fuel consumption by means of medium efficiency and power already suffices to identify and evaluate the major impacts. The conservation potential of a SOFC-APU mainly depends on three factors, the start-up consumption of the APU, the operating period and the required electric power. A cold APU must first be heated-up to an operational temperature between 700 and 800 degrees Celsius. The heat-up process requires energy resulting in an excess consumption first. This excess consumption will only be compensated by the high efficiency of the SOFC-APU after a longer operating period. The operating period strongly depends on the electric power. In case of higher electric power the APU achieves a higher conservation rate. An APU is particularly interesting in standard applications with high energy demand. The APU avoids an operation of the combustion engine in the extreme underload range. In case of an air-conditioning at idling speed lasting for 30 minutes a fuel conservation of approx. 36% can be achieved including the start-up consumption. Conservation potentials in fuel consumption can only be achieved in the driving mode if the APU is operational and in case of a longer operating period. The difference in consumption compared to vehicles without APU was determined at vehicles with different basic operating strategies (current vehicle, vehicle with engine-stop automatism, vehicle with

  1. Solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) systems with integrated reforming or gasification of hydrocarbons; Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC)-Systeme mit integrierter Reformierung bzw. Vergasung von Kohlenwasserstoffen

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    Schlitzberger, Christian

    2012-07-01

    In this thesis, innovative concepts for structurally, thermally and materially integrated SOFC-systems with optional CO{sub 2}-capture are developed and analyzed. Initially, options to increase the electrical system-efficiency as coupling of fuel reforming and fuel cell based on the principle of the chemical heat pump and a electrically cascaded stack structure are developed and evaluated regarding e.g. theoretically achievable efficiencies. Based on this evaluation and the state of the art, a new planar stack- and system-design with direct internal reforming and without bipolar plates is systematically constructed. This basic unit can be adopted to different fuel-, operation- and application-requirements and represents a compact system with only few balance-of-plant-components. Due to the thermal and material couplings, the SOFC-waste heat can be directly used to supply the necessary heat for the endothermic reforming process. Additionally, a part of the hot anode off-gas, consisting mainly of water vapor, is recycled as a reforming agent. Therefore, based on the principle of the chemical heat pump, depending on the fuel used, system efficiencies of more than 60% can be achieved, even though the SOFC itself reached only an electrical efficiency of approximately 50%. Because of the cascaded SOFC structure resulting in high fuel utilization, postcombustion of the waste gases is no longer necessary. Due to the fact that SOFC membrane allows only an oxygen-ion flow and thus represents an air separation unit and the SOFC design without the mixing of anode and cathode flows, a simple CO{sub 2}-separation can be realized by condensing the water vapor out of the anode off-gas. In the second part of the thesis mathematical models of the SOFC-system-components are developed and implemented in the C++ based cycle simulation software ENBIPRO (Energie-Bilanz-Programm) owned by the institute. Applying the mathematical models different stack- and system-concepts for several

  2. A 1000-cell SOFC reactor for domestic cogeneration

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    Alston, T.; Kendall, K.; Palin, M.; Prica, M.; Windibank, P.

    A cogeneration system was built using 1000 cells with the intention of supplying 30 kW of hot water and 500 W of power. The basis of the cogenerator was the small tubular SOFC design. 8Y zirconia was mixed into a plastic paste and extruded to form thin-walled tubes. The process produced a zirconia material with high strength and good electrical properties. After drying and firing to full density, electrodes were coated onto the inner and outer surfaces of the electrolyte, then sintered. Current collecting wires were wound around the tubular cells and the tubes were assembled into a reactor. Either hydrogen or a premix of natural gas and air was fed through the tubes and ignited by a hot wire. The ignition shock did not damage the cells in any way. Cycling was achieved within minutes. A steel heat exchanger/recuperator was used to feed hot air to the cell stack. The electrical output was measured via a potentiostat.

  3. Lanthanum germanate-based apatites as electrolyte for SOFCs

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    Marrero-Lopez, D.; Diaz-Carrasco, P.; Ramos-Barrado, J.R. [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada I, Laboratorio de Materiales y Superficies (Unidad Asociada al C.S.I.C.), Universidad de Malaga, 29071 Malaga (Spain); Pena-Martinez, J. [Instituto de Energias Renovables, Parque Tecnologico, Universidad de Castilla La Mancha, 02006 Albacete (Spain); Ruiz-Morales, J.C. [Departamento de Quimica Inorganica, Universidad de La Laguna, 38200 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain)

    2011-02-15

    Germanate apatites with composition La{sub 10-x}Ge{sub 5.5}Al{sub 0.5}O{sub 26.75-3x/2} have been evaluated for the first time as possible electrolytes for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). Different electrode materials have been considered in this study, i.e. manganite, ferrite, nickelates and cobaltite as cathode materials; and NiO-CGO composite and chromium-manganite as anodes. The chemical compatibility and electrochemical performance of these electrodes with La{sub 9.8}Ge{sub 5.5}Al{sub 0.5}O{sub 26.45} have been studied by X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) and impedance spectroscopy. The XRPD analysis did not reveal appreciable bulk reactivity with the formation of reaction products between the germanate electrolyte and these electrodes up to 1,200 C. However, a significant cation interdiffusion was observed by energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) at the electrode/electrolyte interface, which leads to a significant decrease of the performance of these electrodes. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  4. High Performance Fe-Co Based SOFC Cathodes

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    Kammer Hansen, Kent; Hansen, Karin Vels; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg

    2010-01-01

    With the aim of reducing the temperature of the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC), a new high-performance perovskite cathode has been developed. An area-specific resistance (ASR) as low as 0.12 Ωcm2 at 600 °C was measured by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) on symmetrical cells. The cathode...... is a composite between (Gd0.6Sr0.4)0.99Fe0.8Co0.2O3-δ (GSFC) and Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95 (CGO10). Examination of the microstructure of the cathodes by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed a possibility of further optimisation of the microstructure in order to increase the performance of the cathodes. It also...... seems that an adjustment of the sintering temperature will make a lowering of the ASR value possible. The cathodes were compatible with ceria-based electrolytes but reacted to some extent with zirconia-based electrolytes depending on the sintering temperature....

  5. High-performance lanthanum-ferrite-based cathode for SOFC

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    Wang, W.G.; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg

    2005-01-01

    (La0.6Sr0.4)(1-x)Co0.2Fe0.8O3/Ce0.9Gd0.1O3 (LSCF/CGO) composite cathodes were investigated for SOFC application at intermediate temperature, i.e., 500-700 degreesC. The LSCF/CGO cathodes have been studied on three types of tape-casted electrolyte substrates including CGO electrolyte, Yttrium......C were obtained using LSCF/CGO cathode on CGO electrolyte. On the YSZ electrolyte with thin layer CGO coating, R-p of 0.6 Omega cm(2) at 600 degreesC and 0.12 Omega cm(2) at 700 degreesC were obtained. On the YSZ electrolyte directly, R-p of 1.0 Omega cm(2) at 600 degreesC and 0.13 Omega cm(2) at 700...... degreesC were achieved. These results are roughly six times better than our typical LSM cathodes. Slightly higher R-s was observed in the samples with LSCF/CGO cathode on the YSZ electrolyte with CGO coating due to extra contribution from the thin CGO layer and the CGO/YSZ interface. For the samples...

  6. Electrochemical impedance analysis of SOFC cathode reaction using evolutionary programming

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    Hershkovitz, S.; Baltianski, S.; Tsur, Y. [Department of Chemical Engineering, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa (Israel)

    2012-02-15

    Investigation of the cathode reaction in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) by impedance spectroscopy (IS) measurements using evolutionary-based programming analysis is demonstrated. In contrast to the conventional analysis methods used for impedance spectroscopy measurements, e.g., equivalent circuits, the impedance spectroscopy genetic programming (ISGP) program seeks for a distribution of relaxation times that has the form of a peak or a sum of several peaks, assuming the Debye kernel. Using this method one finds a functional (parametric) form of the distribution of relaxation times. A symmetric cell configuration of Pt vertical stroke LSCF vertical stroke GDC vertical stroke LSCF vertical stroke Pt was examined using IS measurements combined with I-V measurements. Different samples at different temperatures and different oxygen partial pressures were examined in order to investigate their influence on the oxygen reduction reaction. The resulting IS data was analyzed using the ISGP program and the resulting peaks constructing the distribution of relaxation times were assigned for the different processes that occur at the cathode side. The activation energies as well as the dependence of the processes on the oxygen partial pressure were also evaluated. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  7. Electro-catalysts for hydrogen production from ethanol for use in SOFC anodes

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    Silva, Marcos Aurelio da; Paz Fiuza, Raigenis da; Guedes, Bruna C.; Pontes, Luiz A.; Boaventura, Jaime Soares [UFBA, Salvador, Bahia (Brazil). Energy and Materials Science Group

    2010-07-01

    Nickel and cobalt catalysts, supported on YSZ, were prepared by wet impregnation, with and without citric acid; the metal load was 10 and 35% by weight. The catalyst composition was studied by XRF, XPS and SEM-EDS. At low metal concentration, the results of these techniques presented comparables figures; at high concentration, SEM-EDS suggested a non-uniform distribution. The analysis showed that the solids were mixed oxides and formed an alloy after reduction. The surface passivation was possible under controlled conditions. The catalytic test with the steam reforming of ethanol indicated that the metal load had almost no effect on the catalytic activity, but decreased its selectivity. Afterwards, a unitary SOFC was prepared with deposition of the cathode layer. AFM and EIS were used for the characterization of SOFC components. They showed that the electro-catalyst surface was almost all covered with the metal phase, including the large pore walls of the anode. The YSZ phase dominates the material conductance of the complete SOFC assembly (anode/electrolyte/cathode). The unitary SOFC was tested with hydrogen, gaseous ethanol or natural gas; the SOFC operating with ethanol and hydrogen fuel presented virtually no over-potential. (orig.)

  8. Development of solid oxide fuel cells; Desenvolvimento de celulas a combustivel do tipo oxido solido (SOFC)

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    Boaventura, Jaime S.; Alencar, Marcelo Goncalves F. de; Amaral, Alexandre Alves do; Benedicto, Joao Paulo Santos; Silva, Marcos A. [Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA), Salvador, BA (Brazil). Inst. de Quimica. Dept. de Fisico-Quimica

    2006-07-01

    Fuel cells allow the energy production without the thermodynamic restriction of the conversion of heat into work. Among their various types, the solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), operating at high temperatures, allow the methane conversion into electricity directly on the anode. The main element of the SOFC is the structure A/E/C: anode/electrolyte/cathode, all sintered at high temperature as resistant ceramic materials. Dense electrolyte (YSZ: zirconia stabilized for Yttria) separates the anode (Ni+Co/YSZ: cobalt promoted nickel, supported on YSZ) and cathode (LSM: strontium-doped lanthanum manganite), both with porosity obtained by graphite addition. To obtain suitable A/E/C pellets, the layer sintering with appropriate mechanical and textural characteristics is essential, requiring excellent electric junctions between them. The cell performance has been evaluated between 850 and 950 degree C, using hydrogen or methane fuel; the tension and current for different resistance values in the electrical circuit have been measured. The cobalt addition to the cell anode significantly increased its activity for the reform reaction. The beneficial effect was probably due to the easier nickel reduction in cobalt presence. This work had the objectives of developing and evaluating electro-catalysts, as well as the solid oxide fuel cells using these catalysts as anode. Five SOFC models (SOFC 1 to SOFC 5) are described; all of them were developed aiming at improving the preparation of the anode/electrolyte/cathode structure (A/E/C). (author)

  9. Reversible solid oxide fuel cells (R-SOFCs) with chemically stable proton-conducting oxides

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    Bi, Lei

    2015-07-01

    Proton-conducting oxides offer a promising way of lowering the working temperature of solid oxide cells to the intermediate temperate range (500 to 700. °C) due to their better ionic conductivity. In addition, the application of proton-conducting oxides in both solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) and sold oxide electrolysis cells (SOECs) provides unique advantages compared with the use of conventional oxygen-ion conducting conductors, including the formation of water at the air electrode site. Since the discovery of proton conduction in some oxides about 30. years ago, the development of proton-conducting oxides in SOFCs and SOECs (the reverse mode of SOFCs) has gained increased attention. This paper briefly summarizes the development in the recent years of R-SOFCs with proton-conducting electrolytes, focusing on discussing the importance of adopting chemically stable materials in both fuel cell and electrolysis modes. The development of electrode materials for proton-conducting R-SOFCs is also discussed. © 2015 Elsevier B.V.

  10. Modeling and Analysis of Transport Processes and Efficiency of Combined SOFC and PEMFC Systems

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    Abid Rabbani

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available A hybrid fuel cell system (~10 kWe for an average family house including heating is proposed. The investigated system comprises a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC on top of a Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cell (PEFC. Hydrogen produced from the off-gases of the SOFC can be fed directly to the PEFC. Simulations for the proposed system were conducted using different fuels. Here, results for natural gas (NG, dimethyl ether (DME and ethanol as a fuel are presented and analysed. Behaviour of the proposed system is further investigated by comparing the effects of key factors such as utilisation factor, operating conditions, oxygen-to-carbon (O/C ratios and fuel preheating effects on these fuels. The combined system improves the overall electrical conversion efficiency compared with standalone PEFC or SOFC systems. For the combined SOFC and PEFC system, the overall power production was increased by 8%–16% and the system efficiency with one of the fuels is found to be 12% higher than that of the standalone SOFC system.

  11. Fuel flexibility study of an integrated 25 kW SOFC reformer system

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    Yi, Yaofan; Rao, Ashok D.; Brouwer, Jacob; Samuelsen, G. Scott

    The operation of solid oxide fuel cells on various fuels, such as natural gas, biogas and gases derived from biomass or coal gasification and distillate fuel reforming has been an active area of SOFC research in recent years. In this study, we develop a theoretical understanding and thermodynamic simulation capability for investigation of an integrated SOFC reformer system operating on various fuels. The theoretical understanding and simulation results suggest that significant thermal management challenges may result from the use of different types of fuels in the same integrated fuel cell reformer system. Syngas derived from coal is simulated according to specifications from high-temperature entrained bed coal gasifiers. Diesel syngas is approximated from data obtained in a previous NFCRC study of JP-8 and diesel operation of the integrated 25 kW SOFC reformer system. The syngas streams consist of mixtures of hydrogen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, methane and nitrogen. Although the SOFC can tolerate a wide variety in fuel composition, the current analyses suggest that performance of integrated SOFC reformer systems may require significant operating condition changes and/or system design changes in order to operate well on this variety of fuels.

  12. Cold start dynamics and temperature sliding observer design of an automotive SOFC APU

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    Lin, Po-Hsu; Hong, Che-Wun

    This paper presents a dynamic model for studying the cold start dynamics and observer design of an auxiliary power unit (APU) for automotive applications. The APU is embedded with a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stack which is a quiet and pollutant-free electric generator; however, it suffers from slow start problem from ambient conditions. The SOFC APU system equips with an after-burner to accelerate the start-up transient in this research. The combustion chamber burns the residual fuel (and air) left from the SOFC to raise the exhaust temperature to preheat the SOFC stack through an energy recovery unit. Since thermal effect is the dominant factor that influences the SOFC transient and steady performance, a nonlinear real-time sliding observer for stack temperature was implemented into the system dynamics to monitor the temperature variation for future controller design. The simulation results show that a 100 W APU system in this research takes about 2 min (in theory) for start-up without considering the thermal limitation of the cell fracture.

  13. Feasibility study for SOFC-GT hybrid locomotive power part II. System packaging and operating route simulation

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    Martinez, Andrew S.; Brouwer, Jacob; Samuelsen, G. Scott

    2012-09-01

    This work assesses the feasibility of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell-Gas Turbine (SOFC-GT) hybrid power systems for use as the prime mover in freight locomotives. The available space in a diesel engine-powered locomotive is compared to that required for an SOFC-GT system, inclusive of fuel processing systems necessary for the SOFC-GT. The SOFC-GT space requirement is found to be similar to current diesel engines, without consideration of the electrical balance of plant. Preliminary design of the system layout within the locomotive is carried out for illustration. Recent advances in SOFC technology and implications of future improvements are discussed as well. A previously-developed FORTRAN model of an SOFC-GT system is then augmented to simulate the kinematics and power notching of a train and its locomotives. The operation of the SOFC-GT-powered train is investigated along a representative route in Southern California, with simulations presented for diesel reformate as well as natural gas reformate and hydrogen as fuels. Operational parameters and difficulties are explored as are comparisons of expected system performance to modern diesel engines. It is found that even in the diesel case, the SOFC-GT system provides significant savings in fuel and CO2 emissions, making it an attractive option for the rail industry.

  14. Capability of a SOFC-APU to optimise the fuel consumption of motor vehicles; Potenzial einer SOFC-APU bei der Verbrauchsoptimierung von Kraftfahrzeugen

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    Diegelmann, Christian B.

    2008-04-28

    While the energy system motor vehicle is analysed in this work different application possibilities of a SOFC-Auxiliary Power Unit for reducing the fuel consumption are identified. Apart from the pure electric power supply the APU can support functions like the engine-stop automatism or electric driving (hybrid vehicle). In addition the SOFC-APU generates waste heat at a high temperature level. The waste heat can be used for heating the passenger cabin or for preheating the combustion engine. Several methods are used for evaluating the conservation potentials. A simple estimate of the fuel consumption by means of medium efficiency and power already suffices to identify and evaluate the major impacts. The conservation potential of a SOFC-APU mainly depends on three factors, the start-up consumption of the APU, the operating period and the required electric power. A cold APU must first be heated-up to an operational temperature between 700 and 800 degrees Celsius. The heat-up process requires energy resulting in an excess consumption first. This excess consumption will only be compensated by the high efficiency of the SOFC-APU after a longer operating period. The operating period strongly depends on the electric power. In case of higher electric power the APU achieves a higher conservation rate. An APU is particularly interesting in standard applications with high energy demand. The APU avoids an operation of the combustion engine in the extreme underload range. In case of an air-conditioning at idling speed lasting for 30 minutes a fuel conservation of approx. 36% can be achieved including the start-up consumption. Conservation potentials in fuel consumption can only be achieved in the driving mode if the APU is operational and in case of a longer operating period. The difference in consumption compared to vehicles without APU was determined at vehicles with different basic operating strategies (current vehicle, vehicle with engine-stop automatism, vehicle with

  15. Robust automatic high resolution segmentation of SOFC anode porosity in 3D

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    Jørgensen, Peter Stanley; Bowen, Jacob R.

    2008-01-01

    Routine use of 3D characterization of SOFCs by focused ion beam (FIB) serial sectioning is generally restricted by the time consuming task of manually delineating structures within each image slice. We apply advanced image analysis algorithms to automatically segment the porosity phase of an SOFC...... anode in 3D. The technique is based on numerical approximations to partial differential equations to evolve a 3D surface to the desired phase boundary. Vector fields derived from the experimentally acquired data are used as the driving force. The automatic segmentation compared to manual delineation...... reveals and good correspondence and the two approaches are quantitatively compared. It is concluded that the. automatic approach is more robust, more reproduceable and orders of magnitude quicker than manual segmentation of SOFC anode porosity for subsequent quantitative 3D analysis. Lastly...

  16. Analysis and optimization of a tubular SOFC, using nuclear hydrogen as fuel

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    Rodriguez, Daniel G.; Parra, Lazaro R.G.; Fernandez, Carlos R.G., E-mail: dgr@instec.cu [Instituto Superior de Tecnologias y Ciencias Aplicadas, Habana (Cuba). Dept. de Ingenieria Nuclear; Lira, Carlos A.B.O., E-mail: cabol@ufpe.br [Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE), Recife, PE (Brazil). Dept. de Energia Nuclear

    2013-07-01

    One of the main areas of hydrogen uses as an energy carrier is in fuel cells of high standards as solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). The SOFCs are fuel cells operate at high temperatures making them ideal for use in large power systems, suitable for distributed generation of electricity. Optimization and analysis of these electrochemical devices is an area of great current study. The computational fluid dynamics software (CFD) have unique advantages for analyzing the influence of design parameters on the efficiency of fuel cells. This paper presents a SOFC design cell which employ as fuel hydrogen produced by thermochemical water splitting cycle (I-S). There will be done the optimization of the main parameters thermodynamic and electrochemical cell operating to achieve top performance. Also will be estimate the cell efficiency and a production-consumption hydrogen system. (author)

  17. SOFC LSM:YSZ cathode degradation induced by moisture: An impedance spectroscopy study

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    Nielsen, Jimmi; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg

    2011-01-01

    The cause of the degradation effect of moisture during operation of LSM cathode based SOFCs has been investigated by means of a detailed impedance characterization on LSM:YSZ composite cathode based SOFCs. Further the role of YSZ as cathode composite material was studied by measurements on SOFCs...... with a LSM:CGO composite cathode on a CGO interdiffusion barrier layer. It was found that both types of cathodes showed similar electrochemical characteristics towards the presence of moisture during operation. Upon addition and removal of moisture in the fed air the impedance study showed a change...... in the high frequency cathode arc, which is associated with the charge transport/transfer at the LSM/YSZ interface. On prolonged operation with the presence of moisture an ongoing increase in the high frequency cathode arc resulted in a permanent loss of cathode/electrolyte contact and thus increase...

  18. Performance Assessment of SOFC Systems Integrated with Bio-Ethanol Production and Purification Processes

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    Sumittra Charojrochkul

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available The overall electrical efficiencies of the integrated systems of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC and bio-ethanol production with purification processes at different heat integration levels were investigated. The simulation studies were based on the condition with zero net energy. It was found that the most suitable operating voltage is between 0.7 and 0.85 V and the operating temperature is in the range from 973 to 1173 K. For the effect of percent ethanol recovery, the optimum percent ethanol recovery is at 95%. The most efficient case is the system with full heat integration between SOFC and bio-ethanol production and purification processes with biogas reformed for producing extra hydrogen feed for SOFC which has the overall electrical efficiency = 36.17%. However more equipment such as reformer and heat exchangers are required and this leads to increased investment cost.

  19. Thermodynamic Model of a Very High Efficiency Power Plant based on a Biomass Gasifier, SOFCs, and a Gas Turbine

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    P V Aravind

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Thermodynamic calculations with a power plant based on a biomass gasifier, SOFCs and a gas turbine are presented. The SOFC anode off-gas which mainly consists of steam and carbon dioxides used as a gasifying agent leading to an allothermal gasification process for which heat is required. Implementation of heat pipes between the SOFC and the gasifier using two SOFC stacks and intercooling the fuel and the cathode streams in between them has shown to be a solution on one hand to drive the allothermal gasification process and on the other hand to cool down the SOFC. It is seen that this helps to reduce the exergy losses in the system significantly. With such a system, electrical efficiency around 73% is shown as achievable.

  20. CO2 emission free co-generation of energy and ethylene in hydrocarbon SOFC reactors with a dehydrogenation anode.

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    Fu, Xian-Zhu; Lin, Jie-Yuan; Xu, Shihong; Luo, Jing-Li; Chuang, Karl T; Sanger, Alan R; Krzywicki, Andrzej

    2011-11-21

    A dehydrogenation anode is reported for hydrocarbon proton conducting solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). A Cu-Cr(2)O(3) nanocomposite is obtained from CuCrO(2) nanoparticles as an inexpensive, efficient, carbon deposition and sintering tolerant anode catalyst. A SOFC reactor is fabricated using a Cu-Cr(2)O(3) composite as a dehydrogenation anode and a doped barium cerate as a proton conducting electrolyte. The protonic membrane SOFC reactor can selectively convert ethane to valuable ethylene, and electricity is simultaneously generated in the electrochemical oxidative dehydrogenation process. While there are no CO(2) emissions, traces of CO are present in the anode exhaust when the SOFC reactor is operated at over 700 °C. A mechanism is proposed for ethane electro-catalytic dehydrogenation over the Cu-Cr(2)O(3) catalyst. The SOFC reactor also has good stability for co-generation of electricity and ethylene at 700 °C.

  1. 10kW SOFC POWER SYSTEM COMMERCIALIZATION

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    Dan Norrick; Charles Vesely; Todd Romine; Brad Palmer; Greg Rush; Eric Barringer; Milind Kantak; Cris DeBellis

    2003-02-01

    Participants in the SECA 10 kW SOFC Power System Commercialization project include Cummins Power Generation (CPG), the power generation arm of Cummins, Inc., SOFCo-EFS Holdings, LLC (formerly McDermott Technology, Inc.), the fuel cell and fuel processing research and development arm of McDermott International Inc., M/A-COM, the Multi-Layer Ceramics (MLC) processing and manufacturing arm of Tyco Electronics, and Ceramatec, a materials technology development company. CPG functions in the role of prime contractor and system integrator. SOFCo-EFS is responsible for the design and development of the hot box assembly, including the SOFC stack(s), heat exchanger(s), manifolding, and fuel reformer. M/A-COM and SOFCo-EFS are jointly responsible for development of the MLC manufacturing processes, and Ceramatec provides technical support in materials development. In October 2002, McDermott announced its intention to cease operations at McDermott Technology, Inc. (MTI) as of December 31, 2002. This decision was precipitated by several factors, including the announced tentative settlement of the B&W Bankruptcy which would result in all of the equity of B&W being conveyed to a trust, thereby eliminating McDermott's interest in the company, and the desire to create a separate fuel cell entity to facilitate its commercial development. The new fuel cell entity is named SOFCo-EFS Holdings, LLC. All of McDermott's solid oxide fuel cell and fuel processing work will be conducted by SOFCo-EFS, using personnel previously engaged in that work. SOFCo-EFS will continue to be located in the Alliance, OH facility and use the existing infrastructure and test facilities for its activities. While the effort needed to accomplish this reorganization has detracted somewhat from SOFCo's efficiency during the fourth quarter, we believe the improved focus on the core fuel cell and fuel reformation resulting from the reorganization will have a positive impact on the SECA project in the

  2. Oxygen reduction kinetics on mixed conducting SOFC model cathodes

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    Baumann, F.S.

    2006-07-01

    The kinetics of the oxygen reduction reaction at the surface of mixed conducting solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) cathodes is one of the main limiting factors to the performance of these promising systems. For ''realistic'' porous electrodes, however, it is usually very difficult to separate the influence of different resistive processes. Therefore, a suitable, geometrically well-defined model system was used in this work to enable an unambiguous distinction of individual electrochemical processes by means of impedance spectroscopy. The electrochemical measurements were performed on dense thin film microelectrodes, prepared by PLD and photolithography, of mixed conducting perovskite-type materials. The first part of the thesis consists of an extensive impedance spectroscopic investigation of La0.6Sr0.4Co0.8Fe0.2O3 (LSCF) microelectrodes. An equivalent circuit was identified that describes the electrochemical properties of the model electrodes appropriately and enables an unambiguous interpretation of the measured impedance spectra. Hence, the dependencies of individual electrochemical processes such as the surface exchange reaction on a wide range of experimental parameters including temperature, dc bias and oxygen partial pressure could be studied. As a result, a comprehensive set of experimental data has been obtained, which was previously not available for a mixed conducting model system. In the course of the experiments on the dc bias dependence of the electrochemical processes a new and surprising effect was discovered: It could be shown that a short but strong dc polarisation of a LSCF microelectrode at high temperature improves its electrochemical performance with respect to the oxygen reduction reaction drastically. The electrochemical resistance associated with the oxygen surface exchange reaction, initially the dominant contribution to the total electrode resistance, can be reduced by two orders of magnitude. This &apos

  3. Advanced Measurement and Modeling Techniques for Improved SOFC Cathodes

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    Stuart Adler; L. Dunyushkina; S. Huff; Y. Lu; J. Wilson

    2006-12-31

    The goal of this project was to develop an improved understanding of factors governing performance and degradation of mixed-conducting SOFC cathodes. Two new diagnostic tools were developed to help achieve this goal: (1) microelectrode half-cells for improved isolation of cathode impedance on thin electrolytes, and (2) nonlinear electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (NLEIS), a variant of traditional impedance that allows workers to probe nonlinear rates as a function of frequency. After reporting on the development and efficacy of these tools, this document reports on the use of these and other tools to better understand performance and degradation of cathodes based on the mixed conductor La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}CoO{sub 3-{delta}} (LSC) on gadolinia or samaria-doped ceria (GDC or SDC). We describe the use of NLEIS to measure O{sub 2} exchange on thin-film LSC electrodes, and show that O{sub 2} exchange is most likely governed by dissociative adsorption. We also describe parametric studies of porous LSC electrodes using impedance and NLEIS. Our results suggest that O{sub 2} exchange and ion transport co-limit performance under most relevant conditions, but it is O{sub 2} exchange that is most sensitive to processing, and subject to the greatest degradation and sample-to-sample variation. We recommend further work that focuses on electrodes of well-defined or characterized geometry, and probes the details of surface structure, composition, and impurities. Parallel work on primarily electronic conductors (LSM) would also be of benefit to developers, and to improved understanding of surface vs. bulk diffusion.

  4. Innovative Self-Healing Seals for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC)

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    Raj Singh

    2012-06-30

    Solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology is critical to several national initiatives. Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA) addresses the technology needs through its comprehensive programs on SOFC. A reliable and cost-effective seal that works at high temperatures is essential to the long-term performance of the SOFC for 40,000 hours at 800°C. Consequently, seals remain an area of highest priority for the SECA program and its industry teams. An innovative concept based on self-healing glasses was advanced and successfully demonstrated through seal tests for 3000 hours and 300 thermal cycles to minimize internal stresses under both steady state and thermal transients for making reliable seals for the SECA program. The self-healing concept requires glasses with low viscosity at the SOFC operating temperature of 800°C but this requirement may lead to excessive flow of the glass in areas forming the seal. To address this challenge, a modification to glass properties by addition of particulate fillers is pursued in the project. The underlying idea is that a non-reactive ceramic particulate filler is expected to form glass-ceramic composite and increase the seal viscosity thereby increasing the creep resistance of the glass-composite seals under load. The objectives of the program are to select appropriate filler materials for making glass-composite, fabricate glass-composites, measure thermal expansion behaviors, and determine stability of the glass-composites in air and fuel environments of a SOFC. Self-healing glass-YSZ composites are further developed and tested over a longer time periods under conditions typical of the SOFCs to validate the long-term stability up to 2000 hours. The new concepts of glass-composite seals, developed and nurtured in this program, are expected to be cost-effective as these are based on conventional processing approaches and use of the inexpensive materials.

  5. High temperature corrosion and corrosion protection of metallic interconnects for SOFC

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    Tobing, Stefanus Lumban

    2015-01-01

    Reducing solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) operation temperature from 900-100 °C to 700-800 °C, has made the substitution of traditional lanthanum chromate (LaCrO3) ceramic interconnect with metallic interconnect possible. At elevated temperature and in oxidant environment, a metal is not stable and will transform into its oxide. Typical metallic materials used as SOFCs interconnects are stainless steels with a Cr-content around 20 wt.%, and with some minor alloying elements like ...

  6. Digital Manufacturing of Gradient Meshed SOFC Sealing Composites with Self-Healing Capabilities

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    Kathy Lu; Christopher Story; W.T. Reynolds

    2007-12-21

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) hold great promise for clean power generation. However, high temperature stability and long term durability of the SOFC components have presented serious problems in SOFC technological advancement and commercialization. The seals of the fuel cells are the most challenging area to address. A high temperature gas seal is highly needed which is durable against cracking and gas leakage during thermal cycling and extended operation. This project investigates a novel composite seal by integrating 3D printed shape memory alloy (SMA) wires into a glass matrix. The SMA we use is TiNiHf and the glass matrix we use is SrO-La{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-B{sub 2}O{sub 3}-SiO{sub 2} (SLABS). Dilatometry shows to be an extremely useful tool in providing the CTEs. It pinpoints regions of different CTEs under simulated SOFC thermal cycles for the same glass. For the studied SLABS glass system, the region with the greatest CTE mismatch between the glass seal and the adjacent components is 40-500 C, the typical heating and cooling regions for SOFCs. Even for low temperature SOFC development, this region is still present and needs to be addressed. We have demonstrated that the proposed SLABS glass has great potential in mitigating the thermal expansion mismatch issues that are limiting the operation life of SOFCs. TiNiHf alloy has been successfully synthesized with the desired particle size for the 3DP process. The TiNiHf SMA shape memory effect very desirably overlaps with the problematic low CTE region of the glass. This supports the design intent that the gradient structure transition, phase transformation toughening, and self-healing of the SMA can be utilized to mitigate/eliminate the seal problem. For the 3DP process, a new binder has been identified to match with the specific chemistry of the SMA particles. This enables us to directly print SMA particles. Neutron diffraction shows to be an extremely useful tool in providing information

  7. Turbo på udvikling af 3. generations SOFC brændselsceller

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    Sønderberg Petersen, L.

    2006-01-01

    Højteknologifonden har bevilliget 30 mio. kr. til et projekt Risø skal gennemføre sammen med Topsoe Fuel Cell A/S, Amminex A/S og DTU. Målet er at udvikle 3. generations SOFC brændselscellesystemer.......Højteknologifonden har bevilliget 30 mio. kr. til et projekt Risø skal gennemføre sammen med Topsoe Fuel Cell A/S, Amminex A/S og DTU. Målet er at udvikle 3. generations SOFC brændselscellesystemer....

  8. Modeling and Analysis of Transport Processes and Efficiency of Combined SOFC and PEMFC Systems

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    Rabbani, Raja Abid; Rokni, Masoud

    2014-01-01

    . Simulations for the proposed system were conducted using different fuels. Here, results for natural gas (NG), dimethyl ether (DME) and ethanol as a fuel are presented and analysed. Behaviour of the proposed system is further investigated by comparing the effects of key factors such as utilisation factor......, operating conditions, oxygen-to-carbon (O/C) ratios and fuel preheating effects on these fuels. The combined system improves the overall electrical conversion efficiency compared with standalone PEFC or SOFC systems. For the combined SOFC and PEFC system, the overall power production was increased by 8...

  9. Vaporization of materials in the operation of high temperature fuel cells (SOFCs); Verdampfung von Werkstoffen beim Betrieb von Hochtemperaturbrennstoffzellen (SOFCs)

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    Stanislowski, M.

    2006-07-01

    One of the main problems concerning the development of state of the art planar SOFCs are the occurrence of ageing effects in long term application. To a great deal these effects are caused by the release of volatile Cr-species from metallic interconnects which leads to an inhibition of the electrochemical processes at the cathode resulting in a rapid degradation of the cell performance. A goal in further development of SOFC-systems is the reduction of the operation temperature of the cell from currently 800 C to 700 C and below. For this purpose alternative electrolyte materials with higher oxygen ion conductivities have to be developed. Doped lanthanum gallates have been identified as promising materials. However for these materials a depletion of Ga by vaporization has been observed under anodic conditions which may lead to a destruction of their electrolyte properties. The aim of this work is the study of the vaporization processes leading to the mentioned degradation effects. For this purpose an experimental setup according to the transpiration method has been developed. Concerning the vaporization of chromium the Cr release rates of the main ferritic interconnect alloys, namely Crofer 22 APU, ZMG 232, E-Brite, IT-10, IT-11, IT-14 and Ducrolloy as well as a variety of Ni- and Co-base superalloys and stainless steels with different contents of Al, Si, Ti, Mn, W, Ni and Co were measured at 800 C in air and compared to each other. The alloys that form an upper layer of Cr-Mn-spinel on top of the grown chromia scale showed a reduction of the Cr release by 61-75 % compared to pure chromia scales whereas alloys with an outer Co3O4(s) scale had a by more than 90 % reduced Cr release. For the former alloys a significant vaporization of Mn under anodic conditions could be detected. Concerning the vaporization of doped lanthanum gallates the vaporization rates of the elements Ga, Mg, Sr and La were measured as function time, temperature, gas flow rate and stoichiometry

  10. Feasibility study for SOFC-GT hybrid locomotive power: Part I. Development of a dynamic 3.5 MW SOFC-GT FORTRAN model

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    Martinez, Andrew S.; Brouwer, Jacob; Samuelsen, G. Scott

    2012-09-01

    This work presents the development of a dynamic SOFC-GT hybrid system model applied to a long-haul freight locomotive in operation. Given the expectations of the rail industry, the model is used to develop a preliminary analysis of the proposed system's operational capability on conventional diesel fuel as well as natural gas and hydrogen as potential fuels in the future. It is found that operation of the system on all three of these fuels is feasible with favorable efficiencies and reasonable dynamic response. The use of diesel fuel reformate in the SOFC presents a challenge to the electrochemistry, especially as it relates to control and optimization of the fuel utilization in the anode compartment. This is found to arise from the large amount of carbon monoxide in diesel reformate that is fed to the fuel cell, limiting the maximum fuel utilization possible. This presents an opportunity for further investigations into carbon monoxide electrochemical oxidation and/or system integration studies where the efficiency of the fuel reformer can be balanced against the needs of the SOFC.

  11. Thermodynamic and Thermoeconomic investigation of an Integrated Gasification SOFC and Stirling Engine

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    Rokni, Masoud

    2013-01-01

    Thermodynamic and thermoeconomic investigation of a small scale Integrated Gasification Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) and Stirling engine for combined heat and power (CHP) with a net electric capacity of 120kW have been performed. Woodchips are used as gasification feedstock to produce syngas which...

  12. Nonlinear modelling of a SOFC stack by improved neural networks identification

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    2007-01-01

    The solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) is a nonlinear system that is hard to model by conventional methods. So far, most existing models are based on conversion laws, which are too complicated to be applied to design a control system. To facilitate a valid control strategy design, this paper tries to avoid the internal complexities and presents a modelling study of SOFC performance by using a radial basis function (RBF) neural network based on a genetic algorithm (GA). During the process of modelling, the GA aims to optimize the parameters of RBF neural networks and the optimum values are regarded as the initial values of the RBF neural network parameters. The validity and accuracy of modelling are tested by simulations, whose results reveal that it is feasible to establish the model of SOFC stack by using RBF neural networks identification based on the GA. Furthermore, it is possible to design an online controller of a SOFC stack based on this GA-RBF neural network identification model.

  13. Impact of Biomass-Derived Contaminants on SOFCs with Ni/Gadolinia-Doped Ceria Anodes

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    Aravind, P.V.; Ouweltjes, J.P.; Woudstra, N.; Rietveld, G.

    2007-01-01

    The impact of biomass-derived contaminants on solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) with Ni/gadolinia-doped ceria (GDC) anodes was investigated using electrochemical impedance analysis. Measurements were carried out with symmetric test cells under a single-gas atmosphere. The impact of H2S, HCl, and naphth

  14. Carbon deposition in an SOFC fueled by tar-laden biomass gas: a thermodynamic analysis

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    Singh, Devinder; Hernández-Pacheco, Eduardo; Hutton, Phillip N.; Patel, Nikhil; Mann, Michael D.

    This work presents a thermodynamic analysis of the carbon deposition in a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) fueled by a biomass gasifier. Integrated biomass-SOFC units offer considerable benefits in terms of efficiency and fewer emissions. SOFC-based power plants can achieve a system efficiency of 70-80% (including heat utilization) as compared to 30-37% for conventional systems. The fuel from the biomass gasifier can contain considerable amounts of tars depending on the type of gasifier used. These tars can lead to the deposition of carbon at the anode side of SOFCs and affect the performance of the fuel cells. This paper thermodynamically studies the risk of carbon deposition due to the tars present in the feed stream and the effect various parameters like current density, steam, and temperature have on carbon deposition. Since tar is a complex mixture of aromatics, it is represented by a mixture of toluene, naphthalene, phenol, and pyrene. A total of 32 species are considered for the thermodynamic analysis, which is done by the Gibbs energy minimization technique. The carbon deposition is shown to decrease with an increase in current density and becomes zero after a critical current density. Steam in the feed stream also decreases the amount of carbon deposition. With the increase in temperature the amount of carbon first decreases and then increases.

  15. A Zero-Dimensional Model of a 2nd Generation Planar SOFC Using Calibrated Parameters

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    Petersen, Thomas Frank

    2006-01-01

    This paper presents a zero-dimensional mathematical model of a planar 2nd generation co-flow SOFC developed for simulation of power systems. The model accounts for the electrochemical oxidation of hydrogen as well as the methane reforming reaction and the water-gas shift reaction. An important pa...

  16. Application of surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy to the study of SOFC electrode surfaces.

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    Li, Xiaxi; Blinn, Kevin; Fang, Yingcui; Liu, Mingfei; Mahmoud, Mahmoud A; Cheng, Shuang; Bottomley, Lawrence A; El-Sayed, Mostafa; Liu, Meilin

    2012-05-07

    SERS provided by sputtered silver was employed to detect trace amounts of chemical species on SOFC electrodes. Considerable enhancement of Raman signal and lowered detection threshold were shown for coked nickel surfaces, CeO(2) coatings, and cathode materials (LSM and LSCF), suggesting a viable approach to probing electrode degradation and surface catalytic mechanism.

  17. Cr-tolerance of the IT-SOFC La(Ni,Fe)O3 material

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    Stodolny, M.K.

    2012-01-01

    This thesis deals with a study on the Cr-tolerance of the LaNi0.6Fe0.4O3 (LNF) material. LNF is being considered for use as a current collecting layer, an interconnect protective coating and/or an electrochemically active solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) cathode layer in an intermediate temperature IT-S

  18. Three-dimensional Modeling of Anode-supported Planar SOFC with Direct Internal Reforming

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    Qu, Z.; Aravind, P.V.; Ye, H.; Dekker, N.J.J.; Woudstra, N.; Verkooijen, A.H.M.

    2009-01-01

    This paper presents a three-dimensional model of an anode-supported planar SOFC with corrugated bipolar plates serving as gas channels and current collector above the active area of the cell, based on the direct internal reforming reaction of methane and the electrochemical reaction of hydrogen. A c

  19. Extremely thin bilayer electrolyte for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) fabricated by chemical solution deposition (CSD).

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    Oh, Eun-Ok; Whang, Chin-Myung; Lee, Yu-Ri; Park, Sun-Young; Prasad, Dasari Hari; Yoon, Kyung Joong; Son, Ji-Won; Lee, Jong-Ho; Lee, Hae-Weon

    2012-07-03

    An extremely thin bilayer electrolyte consisting of yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) and gadolinia-doped ceria (GDC) is successfully fabricated on a sintered NiO-YSZ substrate. Major processing flaws are effectively eliminated by applying local constraints to YSZ nanoparticles, and excellent open circuit voltage and cell performance are demonstrated in a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) at intermediate operating temperatures.

  20. SOFC anode: hydrogen oxidation at porous nickel and nickel/zirconia electrodes

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    Boer, de Baukje

    1998-01-01

    In the ongoing search for alternative and environmental friendly power generation facilities, the fuel cell is a good candidate. There are several types of fuel cells with large differences in application, size, cost and operating range. The Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) is a high temperature fuel ce

  1. Control-relevant modeling and simulation of a SOFC-GT hybrid system

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    Rambabu Kandepu

    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, control-relevant models of the most important components in a SOFC-GT hybrid system are described. Dynamic simulations are performed on the overall hybrid system. The model is used to develop a simple control structure, but the simulations show that more elaborate control is needed.

  2. Research on Calcium Doped Ceria Used in Intermediate-Temperature SOFCs Anodes

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    Yin Yanhong; Li Shaoyu; Zhu Wei; Xia Changrong; Meng Guangyao

    2005-01-01

    As a mixed ion-electronic conductor, doped ceria, especially rare earth doped ceria, were used as anodes or components of anodes in SOFCs. In this work, calcium doped ceria (CCO) was synthesized to be used in intermediate-temperature SOFCs (IT-SOFCs) anodes in order to reduce the cost of anode-supported SOFCs. Electrical conductivity of 20% calcium doped ceria (20CCO) reached 0.209 S·cm-1 in hydrogen at 850 ℃, and 0.041 S·cm-1 in air at 800 ℃, which is about 0.04 S·cm-1 lower than that of conventional samaria-doped ceria (0.079 S·cm-1). Electrochemical performance of Ni-20CCO cermet as anode was investigated using a fuel cell with 35 μm-thick SDC electrolyte and Sm0.5Sr0.5Co-SDC cathode. Maximum power density was 623 mW·cm-2 under humidified (3% H2O) hydrogen at 650 ℃, inferring high catalytic activity of the Ni-20CCO anode.

  3. Effect of Humidity in Air on Performance and Long-Term Durability of SOFCs

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    Hagen, Anke; Chen, Ming; Neufeld, Kai;

    2009-01-01

    Anode supported SOFCs based on Ni-YSZ anodes, YSZ electrolytes, and LSM-YSZ cathodes were studied with respect to durability in humid air (~4%) over typically 1500 hours. Operating temperature and current density were varied between 750 and 850 oC and 0.25-0.75 A/cm2, respectively. It was found t...

  4. Effect of Samarium Oxide on the Electrical Conductivity of Plasma-Sprayed SOFC Anodes

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    Panahi, S. N.; Samadi, H.; Nemati, A.

    2016-10-01

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are rapidly becoming recognized as a new alternative to traditional energy conversion systems because of their high energy efficiency. From an ecological perspective, this environmentally friendly technology, which produces clean energy, is likely to be implemented more frequently in the future. However, the current SOFC technology still cannot meet the demands of commercial applications due to temperature constraints and high cost. To develop a marketable SOFC, suppliers have tended to reduce the operating temperatures by a few hundred degrees. The overall trend for SOFC materials is to reduce their service temperature of electrolyte. Meanwhile, it is important that the other components perform at the same temperature. Currently, the anodes of SOFCs are being studied in depth. Research has indicated that anodes based on a perovskite structure are a more promising candidate in SOFCs than the traditional system because they possess more favorable electrical properties. Among the perovskite-type oxides, SrTiO3 is one of the most promising compositions, with studies demonstrating that SrTiO3 exhibits particularly favorable electrical properties in contrast with other perovskite-type oxides. The main purpose of this article is to describe our study of the effect of rare-earth dopants with a perovskite structure on the electrical behavior of anodes in SOFCs. Sm2O3-doped SrTiO3 synthesized by a solid-state reaction was coated on substrate by atmospheric plasma spray. To compare the effect of the dopant on the electrical conductivity of strontium titanate, different concentrations of Sm2O3 were used. The samples were then investigated by x-ray diffraction, four-point probe at various temperatures (to determine the electrical conductivity), and a scanning electron microscope. The study showed that at room temperature, nondoped samples have a higher electrical resistance than doped samples. As the temperature was increased, the electrical

  5. Use of wastewater treatment plant biogas for the operation of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs).

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    Lackey, Jillian; Champagne, Pascale; Peppley, Brant

    2016-09-14

    Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) perform well on light hydrocarbon fuels, and the use of biogas derived from the anaerobic digestion (AD) of municipal wastewater sludges could provide an opportunity for the CH4 produced to be used as a renewable fuel. Greenhouse gas (GHG), NOx, SOx, and hydrocarbon pollutant emissions would also be reduced. In this study, SOFCs were operated on AD derived biogas. Initially, different H2 dilutions were tested (N2, Ar, CO2) to examine the performance of tubular SOFCs. With inert gases as diluents, a decrease in cell performance was observed, however, the use of CO2 led to a higher decrease in performance as it promoted the reverse water-gas shift (WGS) reaction, reducing the H2 partial pressure in the gas mixture. A model was developed to predict system efficiency and GHG emissions. A higher electrical system efficiency was noted for a steam:carbon ratio of 2 compared to 1 due to the increased H2 partial pressure in the reformate resulting from higher H2O concentration. Reductions in GHG emissions were estimated at 2400 tonnes CO2, 60 kg CH4 and 18 kg N2O. SOFCs were also tested using a simulated biogas reformate mixture (66.7% H2, 16.1% CO, 16.5% CO2, 0.7% N2, humidified to 2.3 or 20 mol% H2O). Higher humidification yielded better performance as the WGS reaction produced more H2 with additional H2O. It was concluded that AD-derived biogas, when cleaned to remove H2S, Si compounds, halides and other contaminants, could be reformed to provide a clean, renewable fuel for SOFCs.

  6. Comparison of SOFC Cathode Microstructure Quantified using X-ray Nanotomography and Focused Ion Beam - Scanning Electron Microscopy

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    Nelson, George J. [Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (United States); Harris, William H. [Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (United States); Lombardo, Jeffrey J. [Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (United States); Izzo, Jr., John R. [Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (United States); Chiu, W. K. S. [Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs, CT (United States); Tanasini, Pietro [Ecole Ploytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland); Cantoni, Marco [Ecole Ploytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland); Van herle, Jan [Ecole Ploytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland); Comninellis, Christos [Ecole Ploytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland); Andrews, Joy C. [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Liu, Yijin [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Pianetta, Piero [SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States); Chu, Yong [Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)

    2011-03-24

    X-ray nanotomography and focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM) have been applied to investigate the complex 3D microstructure of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) electrodes at spatial resolutions of 45 nm and below. The application of near edge differential absorption for x-ray nanotomography and energy selected backscatter detection for FIB–SEM enable elemental mapping within the microstructure. Using these methods, non-destructive 3D x-ray imaging and FIB–SEM serial sectioning have been applied to compare three-dimensional elemental mapping of the LSM, YSZ, and pore phases in the SOFC cathode microstructure. The microstructural characterization of an SOFC cathode is reported based on these measurements. The results presented demonstrate the viability of x-ray nanotomography as a quantitative characterization technique and provide key insights into the SOFC cathode microstructure.

  7. Optimization of a High Temperature PEMFC micro-CHP System by Formulation and Application of a Process Integration Methodology

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    Arsalis, Alexandros; Nielsen, Mads Pagh; Kær, Søren Knudsen

    2013-01-01

    . It consists of a fuel cell stack, a fuel processing subsystem, heat exchangers, and balance-of-plant components. The optimization methodology involves system optimization attempting to maximize the net electrical efficiency, and then by use of a mixed integer nonlinear programming (MINLP) problem formulation......, the heat exchange network (HEN) annual cost is minimized. The results show the high potential of the proposed model since high efficiencies are accomplished. The net electrical efficiency and total system efficiency, based on lower heating value (LHV), are 35.2% and 91.1%, respectively. The minimized total...

  8. Thermodynamic analysis of SOFC (solid oxide fuel cell) - Stirling hybrid plants using alternative fuels

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    Rokni, Masoud

    2013-01-01

    A novel hybrid power system (∼10 kW) for an average family home is proposed. The system investigated contains a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) on top of a Stirling engine. The off-gases produced in the SOFC cycle are fed to a bottoming Stirling engine, at which additional power is generated....... Simulations of the proposed system were conducted using different fuels, which should facilitate the use of a variety of fuels depending on availability. Here, the results for natural gas (NG), ammonia, di-methyl ether (DME), methanol and ethanol are presented and analyzed. The system behavior is further...... investigated by comparing the effects of key factors, such as the utilization factor and the operating conditions under which these fuels are used. Moreover, the effect of using a methanator on the plant efficiency is also studied. The combined system improves the overall electrical efficiency relative...

  9. Thermal management of power sources for mobile electronic devices based on micro-SOFC

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    Murayama, S.; Iguchi, F.; Shimizu, M.; Yugami, H.

    2014-11-01

    Small power sources based on micro-SOFC for mobile electronic devices required two conditions, i,e, thermally compatibility and thermally self-sustain, because of high operating temperature over 300 oC. Moreover, high energy efficiency was also required. It meant that this system should be designed considering thermal management. In this study, we developed micro-SOFC packages which have three functions, thermal insulation, thermal recovery, and self-heating. Heat conduction analysis based on finite element method, and thermochemical calculation revealed that vacuum thermal insulation was effective for size reduction and gas-liquid heat exchanger could reduce the temperature of outer surface. We fabricated the package with three functions for proof of concept and evaluated. As a result, it was suggested that developed package could satisfy both two requirements with high efficiency.

  10. EFFECT OF METALLIC INTERCONNECT THICKNESS ON ITS LONG-TERM PERFORMANCE IN SOFCS

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    Liu, Wenning N.; Sun, Xin; Stephens, Elizabeth V.; Khaleel, Mohammad A.

    2011-11-01

    At the operating environment of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), oxide scale will grow on the ferritic interconnect (IC) surface unavoidably and furfures induce growth stress in oxide scale and along the interface of the oxide scale and IC substrate. A combination of growth stress with thermal stresses may lead to scale delamination/buckling and eventual spallation during SOFC stack cooling, even leading to serious degradation of cell performance. In this paper, the effect of the ferritic IC thickness on the delamination/spallation of the oxide scale was investigated numerically. The predicted results show that the interfacial shear stresses increase with the growth of the oxide scale and also with the thickness of the ferritic substrate; i.e., the thick ferritic substrate can easily lead to scale delamination and spallation.

  11. Fabrication and performance of PEN SOFCs with proton-conducting electrolyte

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    ZHONG Li; LUO Jingli

    2007-01-01

    A positive-electrolyte-negative (PEN) assembly solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) with a thin electrolyte film for intermediate temperature operation was fabricated.Instead of the traditional screen-printing method,both anode and cathode catalysts were pressed simultaneously and formed with the fabrication of nano-composite electrolyte by press method.This design offered some advantageous configurations that diminished ohmic resistance between electrolyte and electrodes.It also increased the proton-conducting rate and improved the performance of SOFCs due to the reduction of membrane thickness and good contact between electrolyte and electrodes.The fabricated PEN cell generated electricity between 600℃ and 680~C using H2S as fuel feed and Ni-S-based composite anode,nano-composite electrolyte (Li2SO4 + Al2O3) film and a NiO-based composite cathode were achieved at 600℃ and 680℃,respectively.

  12. Modified sol-gel method used for obtaining SOFC electrolyte materials

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    Suciu, C.; Maeland, D.; Hoffmann, A.C. [Bergen Univ., Bergen (Norway). Dept. of Physics and Technology; Dorolti, E.; Tetean, R. [Babes-Bolyai Univ., Cluj-Napoca (Romania). Faculty of Physics

    2009-07-01

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) offer significant advantages over conventional energy generation technologies. However, increases in current density and reliability must be achieved in order to ensure the commercialization of SOFCs. This study used a modified sol-gel method with sucrose and pectin as organic precursors to obtain a 6 and 10 mol per cent scandia stabilized zirconia (SSZ) electrolyte material. The SSZ electrolyte offered higher conductivity, while the organic precursors helped to reduce the high cost of the SSZ. The composite powders were pressed as pellets and sintered at 1400 degrees C for 16 hours at a temperature of 200 degrees C. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction, BET and electronic impedance spectroscopy (EIP) were used to analyze the morphology, particle and crystallite size, crystal structure and specific surface area of the pellets. The electrical properties of the sintered pellets were also analyzed.

  13. Ag as an alternative for Ni in direct hydrocarbon SOFC anodes

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    Cantos-Gomez, A.; Van Duijn, J. [Instituto de Energias Renovables, Universidad de Castilla La Mancha, Paseo de la Investigacion 1, 02006 Albacete (Spain); Ruiz-Bustos, R. [Instituto de Energias Renovables, Parque Cientifico y Tecnologico de Albacete, Paseo de la Investigacion 1, 02006 Albacete (Spain)

    2011-02-15

    Ag has been shown to be a good metal for SOFC anode cermets using CO fuel. Here we have expanded on the work reported by testing Ag-YSZ cermets against different hydrocarbon based fuel (H{sub 2} and CH{sub 4}). This study shows that while Ag is a good current collector, it alone does not have the required catalytic activity for the direct oxidation of hydrocarbon based fuels needed to be used in SOFC anodes. As such an additional catalytic material (e.g. CeO{sub 2}) needs to be present when using fuels other then CO. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  14. An operando surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) study of carbon deposition on SOFC anodes.

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    Li, Xiaxi; Liu, Mingfei; Lee, Jung-pil; Ding, Dong; Bottomley, Lawrence A; Park, Soojin; Liu, Meilin

    2015-09-07

    Thermally robust and chemically inert Ag@SiO2 nanoprobes are employed to provide the surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) effect for an in situ/operando study of the early stage of carbon deposition on nickel-based solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anodes. The enhanced sensitivity to carbon enables the detection of different stages of coking, offering insights into intrinsic coking tolerance of material surfaces. Application of a thin coating of gadolinium doped ceria (GDC) enhances the resistance to coking of nickel surfaces. The electrochemically active Ni-YSZ interface appears to be more active for hydrocarbon reforming, resulting in the accumulation of different hydrocarbon molecules, which can be readily removed upon the application of an anodic current. Operando SERS is a powerful tool for the mechanistic study of coking in SOFC systems. It is also applicable to the study of other catalytic and electrochemical processes in a wide range of conditions.

  15. Influence of the anodic recirculation transient behaviour on the SOFC hybrid system performance

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    Ferrari, Mario L.; Traverso, Alberto; Magistri, Loredana; Massardo, Aristide F. [Thermochemical Power Group (TPG), Dipartimento di Macchine, Sistemi Energetici e Trasporti, Universita di Genova (Italy)

    2005-09-26

    This paper addresses the off-design and transient response of a high efficiency hybrid system based on the coupling of a recuperated micro-gas turbine (mGT) with a tubular solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) reactor. The work focuses on the anodic side where an ejector exploits the pressure energy of the fuel to recirculate part of the exhaust gas, in order to maintain a proper value for the steam-to-carbon ratio (STCR) and to support the reforming reactions. Two different stand-alone time-dependent ejector models are presented and validated against experimental data. Then, the most suitable model for cycle simulations, in term of calculation time, has been employed for the transient analysis of the entire hybrid system. The SOFC hybrid system transient behaviour is presented and discussed at several operating conditions from an electrochemical, fluid dynamic and thermal point of view. (author)

  16. Influence of the anodic recirculation transient behaviour on the SOFC hybrid system performance

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    Ferrari, Mario L.; Traverso, Alberto; Magistri, Loredana; Massardo, Aristide F.

    This paper addresses the off-design and transient response of a high efficiency hybrid system based on the coupling of a recuperated micro-gas turbine (mGT) with a tubular solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) reactor. The work focuses on the anodic side where an ejector exploits the pressure energy of the fuel to recirculate part of the exhaust gas, in order to maintain a proper value for the steam-to-carbon ratio (STCR) and to support the reforming reactions. Two different stand-alone time-dependent ejector models are presented and validated against experimental data. Then, the most suitable model for cycle simulations, in term of calculation time, has been employed for the transient analysis of the entire hybrid system. The SOFC hybrid system transient behaviour is presented and discussed at several operating conditions from an electrochemical, fluid dynamic and thermal point of view.

  17. Carbon deposition in CH4/CO2 operated SOFC: Simulation and experimentation studies

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    Girona, K.; Laurencin, J.; Fouletier, J.; Lefebvre-Joud, F.

    2012-07-01

    Due to their high operating temperatures, SOFCs can be directly fed with biogas, mainly composed of CH4 and CO2. In this work, experiments was performed with a classical Ni-YSZ cermet//YSZ//LSM cell fed either with a synthetic simulated biogas (CH4/CO2 ratio equal to 1 with 6% humidity), or with humidified H2. In both cases, the performances are found to be very similar, which confirms the ability of SOFCs to operate with internal reforming of biogas. Nevertheless, carbon formation in these operating conditions needs to be considered because of durability concerns. Thermodynamic calculations and modelling are carried out to evaluate the risk of carbon deposition depending on operating parameters. In the ternary diagram Csbnd Hsbnd O, the limits for carbon deposition are plotted, allowing the determination of “safe” operating conditions in terms of CH4 inlet flow rate and cell voltage. First experiments confirm these modelling results.

  18. Effect of composition, microstructure and component thickness on the oxidation behaviour of laves phase strengthened interconnect steel for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC)

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    2013-01-01

    The high-Cr, Laves phase strengthened ferritic steel, Crofer 22 H, has recently been proposed as construction material for interconnects in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). Aim of the present investigation was to get more insight in the details of SOFC relevant properties, mostly oxidation behaviour and oxide electronic conductivity, in simulated SOFC service environments as a function of temperature, with main emphasis on the most commonly used operating temperature 800°C. The present studies ...

  19. 金属支撑型固体氧化物燃料电池研究进展%Development of metal-supported SOFC

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    周永川; 宋世栋; 韩敏芳

    2013-01-01

    Developing of intermediate temperature (IT) and low temperature (LT) solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) allows metal to be used as an appropriate material for SOFC. In consistant to other types of SOFCs,metal-supported SOFC (MS-SOFC) exhibits higher electrical and thermal conductivity,better mechanical strength and lower cost,and thereby has attracted more and more attentions. Recently,MS-SOFC has developed various structures and fabrication process of supporter,electrolyte and as well as the electrodes. In this paper,the state of the art of MS-SOFC and their fabrication process are reviewed and the key concerns on MS-SOFC are also put forward.%  随着固体氧化物燃料电池(SOFC)向中低温发展,使得金属材料用于SOFC的关键组件成为可能。金属支撑型SOFC(MS-SOFC)是以金属或合金作为燃料电池支撑体的结构。相对于其他支撑型SOFC, MS-SOFC具有更好的导电能力和导热能力、较高的机械强度以及较低的成本,所以引起了研究人员的广泛关注。目前,MS-SOFC的结构呈多样化发展,支撑体、电极和电解质的材料及其制备工艺也不尽相同。本文介绍了不同结构的MS-SOFC的研究现状,评述了它们各自的制备工艺和存在的问题,并提出了目前MS-SOFC亟需解决的问题。

  20. Numerical Study of Heterogeneous Reactions in an SOFC Anode With Oxygen Addition

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    Hao, Yong; Goodwin, David G.

    2007-01-01

    Previous experimental studies have shown that addition of smallamounts of oxygen to a hydrocarbon fuel stream can controlcoking in the anode, while relatively large amounts of oxygenare present in the fuel stream in single-chamber SOFCs. Inorder to rationally design an anode for such use, it isimportant to understand the coupled catalytic oxidation /reforming chemistry and diffusion within the anode under SOFCoperating conditions. In this study, the heterogeneous catalyticreactions in the ano...

  1. Three-Dimensional Simulation of SOFC Anode Polarization Characteristics Based on Sub-Grid Scale Model

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    2011-01-01

    Three-dimensional numerical simulation of SOFC anode polarization is conducted with a structure obtained by a focused ion beam and scanning electron microscope (FIB-SEM). Electronic, ionic and gaseous transports with electrochemical reaction are considered. A sub-grid scale model is newly developed and effectively used to evaluate the transport flux in the porous structure. The proposed SGS model shows its potential to reasonably evaluate the transport flux considering the microstructure smal...

  2. Vysokoteplotní čištění plynu pro SOFC

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    2014-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to introduce readers (listeners) to the basics of gasification process, high temperature fuel cells with solid electrolyte and particularly with the problems of high-temperature gas cleaning system of the producer gas from gasification of woody and agricultural biomass and/or alternative fuels (e.g. refuse derived fuel) to the level needed for its use in combined production of heat and electric power in high-temperature fuel cells with solid electrolyte (SOFC).

  3. LaCrO{sub 3}-dispersed Cr for metallic interconnect of planar SOFC

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    Song, Rak-Hyun; Shin, Dong Ryul [Korea Institute of Energy Research, Taejon (Korea, Republic of); Dokiya, Masayuki [National Institute of Materials and Chemical Research, Ibaraki (Japan)

    1996-12-31

    In the planar SOFC, the interconnect materials plays two roles as an electrical connection and as a gas separation plate in a cell stack. The interconnect materials must be chemically stable in reducing and oxidizing environments, and have high electronic conductivity, high thermal conductivity, matching thermal expansion with an electrolyte, high mechanical strength, good fabricability, and gas tightness. Lanthanum chromite so far has been mainly used as interconnect materials in planar SOFC. However, the ceramic materials are very weak in mechanical strength and have poor machining property as compared with metal. Also the metallic materials have high electronic conductivity and high thermal conductivity. Recently some researchers have studied metallic interconnects such as Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Inconel 600 cermet, Ni-20Cr coated with (LaSr)CoO{sub 3}, and Y{sub 2}O{sub 3-} or La{sub 2}O{sub 3}-dispersed Cr alloy. These alloys have still some problems because Ni-based alloys have high thermal expansion, the added Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} and La{sub 2}O{sub 3} to metals have no electronic conductivity, and the oxide formed on the surface of Cr alloy has high volatility. To solve these problems, in this study, LaCrO{sub 3}-dispersed Cr for metallic interconnect of planar SOFC was investigated. The LaCrO{sub 3}-dispersed Cr can be one candidate of metallic interconnect because LaCrO{sub 3} possesses electronic conductivity and Cr metal has relatively low thermal expansion. The content of 25 vol.% LaCrO{sub 3} Was selected on the basis of a theoretically calculated thermal expansion. The thermal expansion, electrical and oxidation properties were examined and the results were discussed as related to SOFC requirements.

  4. Cycle Analysis using Exhaust Heat of SOFC and Turbine Combined Cycle by Absorption Chiller

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    Takezawa, Shinya; Wakahara, Kenji; Araki, Takuto; Onda, Kazuo; Nagata, Susumu

    A power generating efficiency of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) and gas turbine combined cycle is fairly high. However, the exhaust gas temperature of the combined cycle is still high, about 300°C. So it should be recovered for energy saving, for example, by absorption chiller. The energy demand for refrigeration cooling is recently increasing year by year in Japan. Then, we propose here a cogeneration system by series connection of SOFC, gas turbine and LiBr absorption chiller to convert the exhaust heat to the cooling heat. As a result of cycle analysis of the combined system with 500kW class SOFC, the bottoming single-effect absorption chiller can produce the refrigerating capacity of about 120kW, and the double-effect absorption chiller can produce a little higher refrigerating capacity of about 130kW without any additional fuel. But the double-effect absorption chiller became more expensive and complex than the single-effect chiller.

  5. Influence of characteristics of stabilized zirconia electrolyte on performance of cermet supported tubular SOFCs

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    LI Changjiu; LI Chengxin; XING Yazhe; XIE Yingxin; LONG Huiguo

    2006-01-01

    Ni-Al2O3 cermet supported tubular SOFC was fabricated by thermal spraying. Flame-sprayed Al2O3-Ni cermet coating plays dual roles of a support tube and an anode current collector. 4.5mol.% yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) and 10mol.% scandia-stabilized zirconia (ScSZ) coatings were deposited by atmospheric plasma spraying (APS) as the electrolyte in present study. The electrical conductivity of electrolyte was measured using DC method. The post treatment was employed using nitrate solution infiltration to densify APS electrolyte layer for improvement of gas permeability. The electrical conductivity of electrolyte and the performance of single cell were investigated to optimize SOFC performance. The electrical conductivity of the as-sprayed YSZ and ScSZ coating is about 0.03 and 0.07 S·cm-1 at 1000 ℃, respectively. The ohmic polarization significantly influences the performance of SOFC. The maximum output power density at 1000 ℃ increases from 0.47 to 0.76 W·cm-2 as the YSZ electrolyte thickness reduces from 100 μm to 40 μm. Using APS ScSZ coating of about 40 μm as the electrolyte, the test cell presents a maximum power output density of over 0.89 W·m-2 at 1000 ℃.

  6. STEAM AND SOFC BASED REFORMING OPTIONS OF PEM FUEL CELLS FOR MARINE APPLICATIONS

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    Mohamed M. El Gohary

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The need for green energy sources without or with low emissions in addition to improve the using efficiency of current fossil fuels in the marine field makes it important to replace or improve current fossil-fuelled engines. The replacement process should work on narrowing the gap between the most scientific innovative clean energy technologies and the concepts of feasibility and cost-effective solutions. Early expectations of very low emissions and relatively high efficiencies have been met in marine power plants using fuel cell. In this study, steam and SOFC based reforming options of natural gas for PEM fuel cells are proposed as an attractive option to limit the environmental impact of the marine sector. The benefits of these two different reforming options can be assessed using computer predictions incorporating chemical flow sheeting software. It is found that a high overall efficiency approaching 60% may be achieved using SOFC based reforming systems which are significantly better than a reformed PEM system or an SOFC only system.

  7. Effect of interlayer on structure and performance of anode-supported SOFC single cells.

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    Eom, Tae Wook; Yang, Hae Kwang; Kim, Kyung Hwan; Yoon, Hyon Hee; Kim, Jong Sung; Park, Sang Joon

    2008-09-01

    To lower the operating temperatures in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) operations, anode-supported SOFC single cells with a single dip-coated interlayer were fabricated and the effect of the interlayer on the electrolyte structure and the electrical performance was investigated. For the preparation of SOFC single cells, yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electrolyte, NiO-YSZ anode, and 50% YSZ-50% strontium-doped lanthanum manganite (LSM) cathode were used. In order to characterize the cells, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) were utilized and the gas (air) permeability measurements were conducted for gas tightness estimation. When the interlayer was inserted onto NiO-YSZ anode, the surface roughness of anode was diminished by about 40% and dense crack-free electrolytes were obtained. The electrical performance was enhanced remarkably and the maximum power density was 0.57 W/cm(2) at 800 degrees C and 0.44 W/cm(2) at 700 degrees C. On the other hand, the effect of interlayer on the gas tightness was negligible. The characterization study revealed that the enhancement in the electrical performance was mainly attributed to the increase of ion transmission area of anode/electrolyte interface and the increase of ionic conductivity of dense crack-free electrolyte layer.

  8. Probing Temperature Inside Planar SOFC Short Stack, Modules, and Stack Series

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    Yu, Rong; Guan, Wanbing; Zhou, Xiao-Dong

    2016-11-01

    Probing temperature inside a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stack lies at the heart of the development of high-performance and stable SOFC systems. In this article, we report our recent work on the direct measurements of the temperature in three types of SOFC systems: a 5-cell short stack, a 30-cell stack module, and a stack series consisting of two 30-cell stack modules. The dependence of temperature on the gas flow rate and current density was studied under a current sweep or steady-state operation. During the current sweep, the temperature inside the 5-cell stack decreased with increasing current, while it increased significantly at the bottom and top of the 30-cell stack. During a steady-state operation, the temperature of the 5-cell stack was stable while it was increased in the 30-cell stack. In the stack series, the maximum temperature gradient reached 190°C when the gas was not preheated. If the gas was preheated and the temperature gradient was reduced to 23°C in the stack series with the presence of a preheating gas and segmented temperature control, this resulted in a low degradation rate.

  9. Studies on Effective Utilization of SOFC Exhaust Heat Using Thermoelectric Power Generation Technology

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    Terayama, Takeshi; Nagata, Susumu; Tanaka, Yohei; Momma, Akihiko; Kato, Tohru; Kunii, Masaru; Yamamoto, Atsushi

    2013-07-01

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are being researched around the world. In Japan, a compact SOFC system with rated alternative current (AC) power of 700 W has become available on the market, since the base load electricity demand for a standard home is said to be less than 700 W AC. To improve the generating efficiency of SOFC systems in the 700-W class, we focused on thermoelectric generation (TEG) technology, since there are a lot of temperature gradients in the system. Analysis based on simulations indicated the possibility of introducing thermoelectric generation at the air preheater, steam generator, and exhaust outlet. Among these options, incorporating a TEG heat exchanger comprising multiple CoSb3/SiGe-based TEG modules into the air preheater had potential to produce additional output of 37.5 W and an improvement in generating efficiency from 46% to 48.5%. Furthermore, by introducing thermoelectric generation at the other two locations, an increase in maximum output of more than 50 W and generating efficiency of 50% can be anticipated.

  10. Techno-Economic Feasibility of Highly Efficient Cost-Effective Thermoelectric-SOFC Hybrid Power Generation Systems

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    Jifeng Zhang; Jean Yamanis

    2007-09-30

    Solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) systems have the potential to generate exhaust gas streams of high temperature, ranging from 400 to 800 C. These high temperature gas streams can be used for additional power generation with bottoming cycle technologies to achieve higher system power efficiency. One of the potential candidate bottoming cycles is power generation by means of thermoelectric (TE) devices, which have the inherent advantages of low noise, low maintenance and long life. This study was to analyze the feasibility of combining coal gas based SOFC and TE through system performance and cost techno-economic modeling in the context of multi-MW power plants, with 200 kW SOFC-TE module as building blocks. System and component concepts were generated for combining SOFC and TE covering electro-thermo-chemical system integration, power conditioning system (PCS) and component designs. SOFC cost and performance models previously developed at United Technologies Research Center were modified and used in overall system analysis. The TE model was validated and provided by BSST. The optimum system in terms of energy conversion efficiency was found to be a pressurized SOFC-TE, with system efficiency of 65.3% and cost of $390/kW of manufacturing cost. The pressurization ratio was approximately 4 and the assumed ZT of the TE was 2.5. System and component specifications were generated based on the modeling study. The major technology and cost barriers for maturing the system include pressurized SOFC stack using coal gas, the high temperature recycle blowers, and system control design. Finally, a 4-step development roadmap is proposed for future technology development, the first step being a 1 kW proof-of-concept demonstration unit.

  11. Refined computational modeling of SOFCs degradation due to trace impurities in coal syngas

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    Sezer, Hayri

    The Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) is a good alternative for clean and efficient power generation. These cells can be operated directly on a wide variety of fuels including biogas, hydrocarbon fuels and synthesized coal gas (syngas), which is a promising avenue for utilization of coal with much less environmental impact. One of the challenges in this technology is poisoning of SOFC anodes by trace impurities contained in coal syngas. One such impurity, phosphine is known to cause catastrophic failure of SOFC anode even at Simulations results showed good agreement with experimental data. Then, a sensitivity analysis, using dual numbers automatic differentiation (DNAD) is performed to investigate the influence of empirical model parameters on model outputs, electrical potential, ohmic and polarization losses. Further, the refined one-dimensional model is extended to a three-dimensional model to study the phosphine induced performance degradation in relatively large planar cells operating on hydrogen fuel. The empirical model parameters are calibrated using button cell experiments and sensitivity analysis as a guide. These parameters are then used in planar cell simulations. The results from the three dimensional model show that the contaminant coverage of nickel and fuel distribution inside the anode is highly non-uniform. These non-uniform distributions are caused by the geometrical alignment of gas channels and current collectors, as well as the variation of gas concentration along the flow direction. The non-uniform deactivation of anode gave rise to the altering of current distribution inside the planar cell such that the cell can still produce current even when some regions of the anode are partially inactive. In addition, to assess the overall cell performance at any given degradation stage, additional simulations are performed to evaluate the electrochemical behavior (polarization and impedance) of the cell. The simulation results are assessed in comparison to

  12. Refinement of numerical models and parametric study of SOFC stack performance

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    Burt, Andrew C.

    The presence of multiple air and fuel channels per fuel cell and the need to combine many cells in series result in complex steady-state temperature distributions within Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) stacks. Flow distribution in these channels, when non-uniform, has a significant effect on cell and stack performance. Large SOFC stacks are very difficult to model using full 3-D CFD codes because of the resource requirements needed to solve for the many scales involved. Studies have shown that implementations based on Reduced Order Methods (ROM), if calibrated appropriately, can provide simulations of stacks consisting of more than 20 cells with reasonable computational effort. A pseudo 2-D SOFC stack model capable of studying co-flow and counter-flow cell geometries was developed by solving multiple 1-D SOFC single cell models in parallel on a Beowulf cluster. In order to study cross-flow geometries a novel Multi-Component Multi-Physics (MCMP) scheme was instantiated to produce a Reduced Order 3-D Fuel Cell Model. A C++ implementation of the MCMP scheme developed in this study utilized geometry, control volume, component, and model structures allowing each physical model to be solved only for those components for which it is relevant. Channel flow dynamics were solved using a 1-D flow model to reduce computational effort. A parametric study was conducted to study the influence of mass flow distribution, radiation, and stack size on fuel cell stack performance. Using the pseudo 2-D planar SOFC stack model with stacks of various sizes from 2 to 40 cells it was shown that, with adiabatic wall conditions, the asymmetry of the individual cell can produce a temperature distribution where high and low temperatures are found in the top and bottom cells, respectively. Heat transfer mechanisms such as radiation were found to affect the reduction of the temperature gradient near the top and bottom cell. Results from the reduced order 3-D fuel cell model showed that greater

  13. Danish strategy for developing SOFC fuel cells 2010-2020; Dansk strategi for udvikling af SOFC-braendselsceller 2010-2020

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    Smith, A.; Linderoth, S. (Technical Univ. of Denmark, Risoe National Lab. for Sustainable Energy, Roskilde (Denmark)); Themsen, J. (Dantherm Power A/S, Hobro (Denmark)); Richter, A.B.; Hansen, Hakon J.; Holm-Larsen, H.; Andersen, Claus V. (Topsoe Fuel Cell A/S, Lyngby (Denmark))

    2010-09-15

    SOFC fuel cells are a promising technology for efficient production of electricity. The technology is expected to contribute very significantly to climate and environmental goals, security of supply of energy, increased employment and exports. Denmark has a very strong technology position within the SOFC area based on years of cooperation between Topsoe Fuel Cell and Risoe DTU as well as a later developed relationship with Dantherm Power. The Danish players have received more than DKK 250 million in public funding. With this support and the players' own funding (approx. two times higher than public support), the players managed over the past 10 years to bring development of SOFC technology significantly closer to the market. This strategy has been prepared by the Danish players in the field and gives a picture of the required overall development needs in the coming years. Technology development has reached the stage where in the coming years demonstrations on a larger scale have to be launched. The focus is basically on three valuable market segments: micro power and heat, auxiliary power for mobile applications, and decentralized power and CHP, which all have a great potential for market penetration internationally. When the market is established in one or more of these segments, other business opportunities must be explored for other applications based on the established technological platform. The road to commercialization is a long process that begins with demonstrations and later introduction of commercial products. The primary actors are currently the largest companies and institutions but as the number of produced fuel cell units increases, job creation with subcontractors and other directly related businesses and research centres will increase. A conservative estimate of market size worldwide is 2-4 GW of installed capacity per. year representing an annual turnover of 15-30 billion DKK and 10.000-20.000 more jobs. The export ratio is expected to exceed

  14. SOFC solid oxide fuel cell power plants for the decentralised electric energy supply; SOFC-Brennstoffzellen-Kraftwerke fuer die dezentrale elektrische Energieversorgung

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    Fogang Tchonla, Etienne

    2012-07-01

    To use the fuel cell economically, the efficiency of the system must still be raised so that it can be set up in the market. Within the scope of analysis on this topic, a 120-kW-SOFC-demonstration power plant was to be considered. Since not enough information about the demonstration power plant from the operator was available for the investigation, we had to calculate with the help of the known technical data of similar power plants. After that a model was build and simulated by means of MATLAB/Simulink. Before that the single power plant components were being described. Two of them (the boost converter as well as the inverter) were looked at more thoroughly. As a result of the analysis, it was found that a standard inverter which had been conceived for other applications, for example, Photovoltaic or Wind Power can also be used for fuel cells. Unfortunately, this was not the case for the added boost converter. It had to be precisely conceived for the used fuel cell type. After this discovery information was won for the realization of a 1-MW-Fuel Cell Power Plant. The topology of the 1-MW-power plant was fixed on the basis of the 120-kW-system. A parallel connection of eight 120-kW SOFC-fuel cell aggregates is intended, as well as a connection at the outlet side 120-kW boost converters. A standard inverter with 1 MW electrical power as well as a 1-MVA-transformer could be used for the realization of the 1-MW-power plant. The binding of the power plant in the three-phase current network was examined in view of the norms, laws and connection conditions. Beside the distinction of the operating forms of the power plant (parallel or isolated operation) the security of the plant was emphasized with regard to quick fault recognition, safe supply line isolation in the fault case as well as a compliance of the prescribed regulations. To verify the calculated results as well as the provided models, a 10-kW-labor sample was built and examined in the lab. This experimental

  15. Comparison of the Degradation of the Polarisation Resistance of Symmetrical LSM-YSZ cells, with Anode Supported Ni-YSZ/YSZ/LSM-YSZ SOFCs

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    Torres da Silva, Iris Maura; Nielsen, Jimmi; Hjelm, Johan;

    2009-01-01

    Impedance spectra of a symmetrical cell with SOFC cathodes (LSM-YSZ/YSZ/LSM-YSZ) and an anode supported planar SOFC (Ni-YSZ/YSZ/LSM-YSZ) were collected at OCV at 650{degree sign}C in air (cathode) and humidified (4%) hydrogen (anode), over 155 hours. The impedance was affected by degradation over...

  16. Fracture-mechanical analysis of metal/ceramic composites for applications in high-temperature fuel cells (SOFC); Bruchmechanische Untersuchung von Metall/Keramik-Verbunsystemen fuer die Anwendung in der Hochtemperaturbrennstoffzelle (SOFC)

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    Kuhn, Bernd Josef

    2008-08-25

    The author investigated the deformation and damage behaviour of soldered ceramic/metal joints in SOFC stacks, using thermochemical methods. Methods for analyzing sandwich systems and for mechanical characterization of joints were adapted and modified in order to provide fundamental understanding of the mechanical properties of soldered joints. [German] In dieser Arbeit wurde das Verformungs- und Schaedigungsverhalten von Keramik/ Metall-Loetverbindungen fuer SOFC-Stacks thermomechanisch untersucht. Verfahren zur Analyse von Schichtsystemen und fuer die mechanische Charakterisierung von Fuegeverbindungen wurden adaptiert und weiterentwickelt, um zu einem grundlegenden Verstaendnis der mechanischen Eigenschaften von Loetverbindungen zu gelangen.

  17. Direct Utilization of Liquid Fuels in SOFC for Portable Applications: Challenges for the Selection of Alternative Anodes

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    Massimiliano Cimenti

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC have the advantage of being able to operate with fuels other than hydrogen. In particular, liquid fuels are especially attractive for powering portable applications such as small power generators or auxiliary power units, in which case the direct utilization of the fuel would be convenient. Although liquid fuels are easier to handle and transport than hydrogen, their direct use in SOFC can lead to anode deactivation due to carbon formation, especially on traditional nickel/yttria stabilized zirconia (Ni/YSZ anodes. Significant advances have been made in anodic materials that are resistant to carbon formation but often these materials are less electrochemically active than Ni/YSZ. In this review the challenges of using liquid fuels directly in SOFC, in terms of gas-phase and catalytic reactions within the anode chamber, will be discussed and the alternative anode materials so far investigated will be compared.

  18. Investigation of AISI 441 Ferritic Stainless Steel and Development of Spinel Coatings for SOFC Interconnect Applications

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    Yang, Zhenguo; Xia, Guanguang; Wang, Chong M.; Nie, Zimin; Templeton, Joshua D.; Singh, Prabhakar; Stevenson, Jeffry W.

    2008-05-30

    As part of an effort to develop cost-effective ferritic stainless steel-based interconnects for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stacks, both bare and spinel coated AISI 441 were studied in terms of metallurgical characteristics, oxidation behavior, and electrical performance. The conventional melt metallurgy used for the bulk alloy fabrication leads to significant processing cost reduction and the alloy chemistry with the presence of minor alloying additions of Nb and Ti facilitate the strengthening by precipitation and formation of Laves phase both inside grains and along grain boundaries during exposure in the intermediate SOFC operating temperature range. The Laves phase formed along the grain boundaries also ties up Si and prevents the formation of an insulating silica layer at the scale/metal interface during prolonged exposure. The substantial increase in ASR during long term oxidation due to oxide scale growth suggested the need for a conductive protection layer, which could also minimize Cr evaporation. In particular, Mn1.5Co1.5O4 based surface coatings on planar coupons drastically improved the electrical performance of the 441, yielding stable ASR values at 800ºC for over 5,000 hours. Ce-modified spinel coatings retained the advantages of the unmodified spinel coatings, and also appeared to alter the scale growth behavior beneath the coating, leading to a more adherent scale. The spinel protection layers appeared also to improve the surface stability of 441 against the anomalous oxidation that has been observed for ferritic stainless steels exposed to dual atmosphere conditions similar to SOFC interconnect environments. Hence, it is anticipated that, compared to unmodified spinel coatings, the Ce-modified coatings may lead to superior structural stability and electrical performance.

  19. Fabrication of Sr- and Co-doped lanthanum chromite interconnectors for SOFC

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    Setz, L.F.G. [Departamento de Engenharia de Materiais, Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos - DEMa/UFSCar (Brazil); Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares - IPEN/CNEN (Brazil); Santacruz, I. [Departamento de Quimica Inorganica, Cristalografia y Mineralogia, Universidad de Malaga, 29071 Malaga (Spain); Colomer, M.T., E-mail: tcolomer@icv.csic.es [Instituto de Ceramica y Vidrio, ICV (CSIC), 28049 Madrid (Spain); Mello-Castanho, S.R.H. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares - IPEN/CNEN (Brazil); Moreno, R. [Instituto de Ceramica y Vidrio, ICV (CSIC), 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2011-07-15

    Graphical abstract: FESEM micrographs of the fresh fracture surfaces for the La{sub 0.80}Sr{sub 0.20}Cr{sub 0.92}Co{sub 0.08}O{sub 3} sintered specimens cast from optimised suspensions with 13.5, 15 and 17.5 vol.% solids loading. Aqueous suspensions were prepared using ammonium polyacrylate (PAA) as dispersant and tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH) to assure a basic pH and providing stabilization. Sintering of the green discs was performed in air at 1600 {sup o}C for 4 h. Highlights: {yields} Optimum casting slips were achieved with 3 wt.% of ammonium polyacrylate and 1 wt.% of tetramethylammonium hydroxide. -- Abstract: Many studies have been performed dealing with the processing conditions of electrodes and electrolytes in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). However, the processing of the interconnector material has received less attention. Lanthanum chromite (LaCrO{sub 3}) is probably the most studied material as SOFCs interconnector. This paper deals with the rheology and casting behaviour of lanthanum chromite based materials to produce interconnectors for SOFCs. A powder with the composition La{sub 0.80}Sr{sub 0.20}Cr{sub 0.92}Co{sub 0.08}O{sub 3} was obtained by combustion synthesis. Aqueous suspensions were prepared to solids loading ranging from 8 to 17.5 vol.%, using ammonium polyacrylate (PAA) as dispersant and tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH) to assure a basic pH and providing stabilization. The influence of the additives concentrations and suspension ball milling time were studied. Suspensions prepared with 24 h ball milling, with 3 wt.% and 1 wt.% of PAA and TMAH, respectively, yielded the best conditions for successful slip casting. Sintering of the green discs was performed in air at 1600 {sup o}C for 4 h leading to relatively dense materials.

  20. Effect of ionic conductivity of zirconia electrolytes on polarization properties of various electrodes in SOFC

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    Watanabe, Masahiro; Uchida, Hiroyuki; Yoshida, Manabu [Yamanashi Univ., Kofu (Japan)

    1996-12-31

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) have been intensively investigated because, in principle, their energy conversion efficiency is fairly high. Lowering the operating temperature of SOFCs from 1000{degrees}C to around 800{degrees}C is desirable for reducing serious problems such as physical and chemical degradation of the constructing materials. The object of a series of the studies is to find a clue for achieving higher electrode performances at a low operating temperature than those of the present level. Although the polarization loss at electrodes can be reduced by using mixed-conducting ceria electrolytes, or introducing the mixed-conducting (reduced zirconia or ceria) laver on the conventional zirconia electrolyte surface, no reports are available on the effect of such an ionic conductivity of electrolytes on electrode polarizations. High ionic conductivity of the electrolyte, of course, reduces the ohmic loss. However, we have found that the IR-free polarization of a platinum anode attached to zirconia electrolytes is greatly influenced by the ionic conductivity, {sigma}{sub ion}, of the electrolytes used. The higher the {sigma}{sub ion}, the higher the exchange current density, j{sub 0}, for the Pt anode in H{sub 2} at 800 {approximately} 1000{degrees}C. It was indicated that the H{sub 2} oxidation reaction rate was controlled by the supply rate of oxide ions through the Pt/zirconia interface which is proportional to the {sigma}{sub ion}. Recently, we have proposed a new concept of the catalyzed-reaction layers which realizes both high-performances of anodes and cathodes for medium-temperature operating SOFCs. We present the interesting dependence of the polarization properties of various electrodes (the SDC anodes with and without Ru microcatalysts, Pt cathode, La(Sr)MnO{sub 3} cathodes with and without Pt microcatalysts) on the {sigma}{sub ion} of various zirconia electrolytes at 800 {approximately} 1000{degrees}C.

  1. Thermo-mechanical properties of SOFC components investigated by a combined method

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    Teocoli, Francesca; Esposito, Vincenzo; Ramousse, Severine

    , and differential thermo-mechanical behavior at each layer. The combination of such factors can have a critical effect on the final shape and microstructure, and on the mechanical integrity. Thermo-mechanical properties and sintering mechanisms of important SOFC materials (CGO, YSZ, ScYSZ) were systematically...... characterized by mean of the combined use of optical dilatometry, cyclic loading thermo-mechanical analysis and scanning electron microscopy. The results from the different techniques were found complementary and the thorough understanding of viscoelastic properties of individual layers led to optimization...

  2. The electrochemical oxidation of H{sub 2} and CO at patterned Ni anodes of SOFCs

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    Utz, Annika

    2011-07-01

    In this work, a deeper understanding of the electrochemical oxidation at SOFC anodes was gained by the experimental characterization of patterned Ni anodes in H{sub 2}-H{sub 2}O and CO-CO{sub 2} atmosphere. By high resolution data analysis, the Line Specific Resistance attributed to charge transfer and its dependencies on gas composition, temperature and polarization voltage were identified. Furthermore, the comparison of the performance of patterned and cermet anodes was enabled using a transmission line model. (orig.)

  3. Microstructural studies on degradation of interface between LSM–YSZ cathode and YSZ electrolyte in SOFCs

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    Liu, Yi-Lin; Hagen, Anke; Barfod, Rasmus;

    2009-01-01

    The changes in the cathode/electrolyte interface microstructure have been studied on anode-supported technological solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) that were subjected to long-term (1500 h) testing at 750 °C under high electrical loading (a current density of 0.75 A/cm2). These cells exhibit...... different cathode degradation rates depending on, among others, the composition of the cathode gas, being significantly smaller in oxygen than in air. FE-SEM and high resolution analytical TEM were applied for characterization of the interface on a submicron- and nano-scale. The interface degradation has...

  4. Development of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC). Fourth semi-annual progress report: February 1992 - July 1992

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    Huijsmans, J.P.P.; Van Heuveln, F.H.; Van Berkel, F.P.F.

    1992-11-01

    The Netherlands Energy Research Foundation (ECN), Petten, Netherlands, is carrying out the title programme in cooperation with Siemens in Germany, Imperial College and GEC Alshom in the United Kingdom. ECN will develop and investigate alternative materials manufacturing procedures and test alternative cell concepts. Activities of ECN include electrode powder fabrication, development of ceramic components, development of metal separator plate, physico-chemical characterization, chemical interface problems between ceramic components, materials testing, and proof-of-principle of 3 Watt (50x50 mm{sup 2}) and 10 Watt (100x100 mm{sup 2}) level SOFC`s. 7 figs., 4 tabs., 3 refs.

  5. NiO/YSZ Reduction for SOFC/SOEC Studied In Situ by Environmental Transmission Electron Microscopy

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    Simonsen, Søren Bredmose; Agersted, Karsten; Hansen, Karin Vels

    2014-01-01

    SOFCs/SOECs are typically composed of ceramic materials, which are highly complex at the nano-scale. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM) are routinely applied for studying these nano-scaled structures post mortem, but only few SOFC/SOEC studies have applied environmental TEM...... the reduction of NiO/YSZ is slower, which indicates that the presence of YSZ inhibits the reduction of NiO. In the presents in situ experiments the temperature dependent reduction profile are found similar for the both nano-scaled NiO and NiO/YSZ sample. The apparent inhibitive effect of YSZ on NiO reduction...

  6. Investigation of Discharge Performance of SOFC Using Biogas and Its Off-gas%生物气及其电池尾气 SOFC 放电性能研究

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    王德震; 左薇; 张军; 吴晓燕; 孔晓伟

    2015-01-01

    To investigate the discharge performance of Ni-YSZ anode solid oxide fuel cell using various biogas and evaluate the valve of reusing its off-gas, electrochemical performance and gas properties were studied when two SOFC operated in tandem using diverse ratio of CH4/CO2 at 750 ℃. Compared with the cell performance using H2, two SOFC both operated at high power density with the first stage SOFC using various CH4/CO2 biogas and the second stage using the off-gas of the first stage. Both of two SOFC worked mostly steadily at constant current density for short time with little carbon deposition. The analysis of the gas properties at 566 mA•cm-2 indicated that the dry reforming rate was the highest when the ratio of CH4/CO2 was 2. The research results show that power generation of SOFC using biogas and its off-gas is feasible. This research can be useful for designing gas circuit of SOFC piles using biogas.%为探究以不同浓度生物气为燃料的固体氧化物燃料电池(SOFC)发电性能及该类电池尾气的再发电价值,通过模拟含不同比例甲烷和二氧化碳的生物气,在750℃下对气路串联 Ni/YSZ 阳极支撑 SOFC 进行放电性能测试和气体特性分析。放电结果显示燃料气经第一级 SOFC 利用后通入第二级 SOFC,同氢气经过两级 SOFC 相比,不同浓度下生物气均获得了较高的功率密度,且短时间恒流时,两级电池均能稳定运行;两级电池均以566 mA· cm-2电流密度恒流放电时的气体分析表明,当 CO2/CH4为2时,电池内甲烷的干重整率最高。研究结果表明两级 SOFC 使用生物气及其电池尾气发电是可行的,可为以生物气为燃料 SOFC 电堆气路设计提供依据。

  7. Preparation of YSZ film by EPD and its application in SOFCs

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    Jia Li [Center for Condensed Matter Science and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Department of Physics, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Lue Zhe [Center for Condensed Matter Science and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Huang Xiqiang [Center for Condensed Matter Science and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Liu Zhiguo [Center for Condensed Matter Science and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Chen Kongfa [Center for Condensed Matter Science and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Sha Xueqing [Center for Condensed Matter Science and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Li Guoqing [Department of Physics, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Su Wenhui [Center for Condensed Matter Science and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China) and Department of Physics, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China) and Department of Condensed Matter Physics, Jilin University, Changchun 130023 (China) and International Center for Materials Physics, Academia Sinica, Shenyang 110015 (China)]. E-mail: suwenhui@hit.edu.cn

    2006-11-09

    An electrophoretic deposition (EPD) method was applied for the preparation of yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) thin film on a NiO-YSZ porous anode substrate for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) applications. Dense YSZ film with uniform thickness can be readily prepared with the EPD method using isopropanol as solvent and iodine as dispersant. As EPD electrode, the NiO-YSZ substrate was covered with a graphite layer to obtain enough electric conductivity. A series of experiments, such as suspension concentration, sintering shrinkage, and so on, were conducted in order to optimize the EPD technique. A planar-type SOFC was fabricated using La{sub 0.4}Sr{sub 0.6}Co{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 0.8}O{sub 3} (LSCF) as the cathode and YSZ film deposited onto the NiO-YSZ anode substrate as the electrolyte. The fuel cell exhibited an open circuit voltage of about 1.0 V and a maximum power density of 440 mW/cm{sup 2} at 900 deg. C. Thus, the EPD method was a suitable technology for the formation of gas-tight YSZ film.

  8. Thermodynamic simulation of biomass gas steam reforming for a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC system

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    A. Sordi

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a methodology to simulate a small-scale fuel cell system for power generation using biomass gas as fuel. The methodology encompasses the thermodynamic and electrochemical aspects of a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC, as well as solves the problem of chemical equilibrium in complex systems. In this case the complex system is the internal reforming of biomass gas to produce hydrogen. The fuel cell input variables are: operational voltage, cell power output, composition of the biomass gas reforming, thermodynamic efficiency, electrochemical efficiency, practical efficiency, the First and Second law efficiencies for the whole system. The chemical compositions, molar flows and temperatures are presented to each point of the system as well as the exergetic efficiency. For a molar water/carbon ratio of 2, the thermodynamic simulation of the biomass gas reforming indicates the maximum hydrogen production at a temperature of 1070 K, which can vary as a function of the biomass gas composition. The comparison with the efficiency of simple gas turbine cycle and regenerative gas turbine cycle shows the superiority of SOFC for the considered electrical power range.

  9. Influence of Metal Sulfides as Anode Catalysts on Performance of H2S SOFC

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    钟理; 刘曼; 韩国林; CHUANGKar

    2003-01-01

    Two anode catalysts with Pt, MoS2 and composite metal sulfides (MoS2+NiS), are investigated for electrochemical oxidation of hydrogen sulfide in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) at temperatures 750-850℃. The catalysts comprising MoS2 and MoS2+NiS exhibited good electrical conductivity and catalytic activity. MoS2 and composite catalysts were found to be more active than Pt, a widely used catalyst for high temperature H2S/O2 fuel cell at 750-850℃. However, MoS2 itself sublimes above 450℃. In contrast, composite catalysts containing both Mo and transition metal (Ni) are shown to be stable and effective in promoting the oxidation of H2S in SOFC up to 850℃. However, electric contact is poor between the platinum current collecting layer and the composite metal sulfide layer, so that the cell performance becomes worse. This problem is overcome by adding conductive Ag powder into the anode layer (forming MoS2+NiS+Ag anode material) to increase anode electrical conductance instead of applying a thin laver of platinum on the top of anode.

  10. Investigation of Performance of SCN-1 Pure Glass as Sealant Used in SOFC

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    Liu, Wenning N.; Sun, Xin; Stephens, Elizabeth V.; Khaleel, Mohammad A.

    2010-03-01

    As its name implies, self-healing glass seal has the potential of restoring its mechanical properties upon being reheated to stack operating temperature, even when it has experienced some cooling induced damage/crack at room temperature. Such a self-healing feature is desirable for achieving high seal reliability during thermal cycling. On the other hand, self-healing glass is also characterized by its low mechanical stiffness and high creep rate at the typical operating temperature of SOFCs. Therefore, from a design’s perspective, it is important to know the long term geometric stability and thermal mechanical behaviors of the self-healing glass under the stack operating conditions. These predictive capabilities will guide the design and optimization of a reliable sealing system that potentially utilizes self-healing glass as well as other ceramic seal components in achieving the ultimate goal of SOFC. In this report, we focused on predicting the effects of various generic seal design parameters on the stresses in the seal. For this purpose, we take the test cell used in the leakage test for compliant glass seals conducted in PNNL as our initial modeling geometry. The effect of the ceramic stopper on the geometry stability of the self-healing glass sealants is studied first. Then we explored the effect of various interfaces such as stopper and glass, stopper and PEN, as well stopper and IC plate, on the geometry stability and reliability of glass during the operating and cooling processes.

  11. Analyses of Large Coal-Based SOFCs for High Power Stack Block Development

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    Recknagle, Kurtis P; Koeppel, Brian J

    2010-10-01

    This report summarizes the numerical modeling and analytical efforts for SOFC stack development performed for the coal-based SOFC program. The stack modeling activities began in 2004, but this report focuses on the most relevant results obtained since August 2008. This includes the latter half of Phase-I and all of Phase-II activities under technical guidance of VPS and FCE. The models developed to predict the thermal-flow-electrochemical behaviors and thermal-mechanical responses of generic planar stacks and towers are described. The effects of cell geometry, fuel gas composition, on-cell reforming, operating conditions, cell performance, seal leak, voltage degradation, boundary conditions, and stack height are studied. The modeling activities to evaluate and achieve technical targets for large stack blocks are described, and results from the latest thermal-fluid-electrochemical and structural models are summarized. Modeling results for stack modifications such as scale-up and component thickness reduction to realize cost reduction are presented. Supporting modeling activities in the areas of cell fabrication and loss of contact are also described.

  12. Fuel reforming and electrical performance studies in intermediate temperature ceria - gadolinia-based SOFCs

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    Livermore, S.J.A. [CERAM Research, Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom); Birchall Centre for Inorganic Chemistry and Materials Science, Department of Chemistry, Keele Univ. (United Kingdom); Cotton, J.W. [CERAM Research, Stoke-on-Trent (United Kingdom); Ormerod, R.M. [Birchall Centre for Inorganic Chemistry and Materials Science, Department of Chemistry, Keele Univ. (United Kingdom)

    2000-03-01

    The methane reforming and carbon deposition characteristics of two nickel/ceria-gadolinia cermet anodes have been studied over the temperature range 550-700 C, for use in intermediate temperature ceria-gadolinia (CGO)-based solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), using conventional catalytic methods and temperature-programmed spectroscopy. The electrical performance and durability of planar CGO-based SOFCs with a 280-{mu}m-thick CGO electrolyte, screen printed cathode and different screen printed nickel/CGO cermet anodes have been studied over the temperature range 500-650 C. Temperature-programmed reduction has been used to study the reduction characteristics of the anodes, and indicates the presence of 'bulk' NiO particles and smaller NiO particles in intimate contact with the ceria. Both anodes show good activity towards methane steam reforming with methane activation occurring at temperatures as low as 210 C; steady-state steam reforming of methane was observed using a methane-rich mixture at 650 C, with 20% methane conversion. Post-reaction temperature-programmed oxidation has been used to determine the amount of carbon deposited during reforming and the strength of its interaction with the anode. (orig.)

  13. Comparative LCA of methanol-fuelled SOFCs as auxiliary power systems on-board ships

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    Strazza, C.; Del Borghi, A.; Costamagna, P. [Department of Chemical and Process Engineering ' ' G.B. Bonino' ' (DICheP), University of Genoa, Via all' Opera Pia 15, 16145 Genova (Italy); Traverso, A.; Santin, M. [Department of Machines, Energetic Systems and Transport (DIMSET), University of Genoa, Via all' Opera Pia 15, 16145 Genova (Italy)

    2010-05-15

    Fuel cells own the potential for significant environmental improvements both in terms of air quality and climate protection. Through the use of renewable primary energies, local pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions can be significantly minimized over the full life cycle of the electricity generation process, so that marine industry accounts renewable energy as its future energy source. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the use of methanol in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC), as auxiliary power systems for commercial vessels, through Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). The LCA methodology allows the assessment of the potential environmental impact along the whole life cycle of the process. The unit considered is a 20 kWel fuel cell system. In a first part of the study different fuel options have been compared (methanol, bio-methanol, natural gas, hydrogen from cracking, electrolysis and reforming), then the operation of the cell fed with methanol has been compared with the traditional auxiliary power system, i.e. a diesel engine. The environmental benefits of the use of fuel cells have been assessed considering different impact categories. The results of the analysis show that fuel production phase has a strong influence on the life cycle impacts and highlight that feeding with bio-methanol represents a highly attractive solution from a life cycle point of view. The comparison with the conventional auxiliary power system shows extremely lower impacts for SOFCs. (author)

  14. Studying on the increasing temperature in IT-SOFC: Effect of heat sources

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    2007-01-01

    The dimensions and the materials type limit the performance of fuel cell. The increase of the temperature in electrodes and electrolyte of the cell, is due to the over potential of activation (transfer of load), the over potential Ohmic (resistance of polarization), the over potential of reaction (heat released by the chemical reaction) and the over potential of diffusion. In this paper,we studied the thermo-electrical performance of an intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cell (IT-SOFC) with electrode supported. The aim of this work is to study this increasing temperature of a single cell of an IT-SOFC under the influence of the following parameters: heat sources, functioning temperature and voltages of the cell, geometric configuration and materials type.The equation of energy in one dimension is numerically resolved by using the method of finite volumes. A computing program (FORTRAN) is developed locally for this purpose in order to obtain fields of temperature in every element of the cell.

  15. Application of Exergoeconomic and Exergoenvironmental Analysis to an SOFC System with an Allothermal Biomass Gasifier

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    2009-12-01

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    In the future, energy conversion systems will be needed that reduce the environmental impact and costs of energy supply when fossil fuels are employed. An alternative is using biomass as a renewable energy resource to achieve both effects. For this reason, interest in biomass gasification processes resurged considerably in the past years. In particular, combination of allothermal biomass gasification with a high-temperature solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC has met with great interest as an attractive option for electricity generation. To objectively evaluate this new biomass conversion process, the newly developed exergoenvironmental analysis and the established exergoeconomic analysis are applied. The basic idea of both methods is that in energy conversion systems, exergy represents the only rational basis for assigning environmental impacts and costs to the energy carriers and to the inefficiencies within the system. The present article identifies the most relevant system components from the environmental and economic points of view and provides information about possibilities of design improvements. Comparison of the results of both methods reveals that the most relevant process components are the SOFC, the heat exchanger for preheating the air, and the allothermal fluidized-bed gasifier. A special focus will be placed on differences between both analysis methods.

    •  This paper is an updated version of a paper published in the ECOS'08 proceedings.

  16. Superstructure formation and variation in Ni-GDC cermet anodes in SOFC.

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    Li, Zhi-Peng; Mori, Toshiyuki; Auchterlonie, Graeme John; Zou, Jin; Drennan, John

    2011-05-28

    The microstructures and spatial distributions of constituent elements at the anode in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) have been characterized by analytical transmission electron microscopy (TEM). High resolution TEM observations demonstrate two different types of superstructure formation in grain interiors and at grain boundaries. Energy-filtered TEM elemental imaging qualitatively reveals that mixture zones exist at metal-ceramic grain boundaries, which is also quantitatively verified by STEM energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. It was apparent that both metallic Ni and the rare-earth elements Ce/Gd in gadolinium-doped ceria can diffuse into each other with equal diffusion lengths (about 100 nm). This will lead to the existence of mutual diffusion zones at grain boundaries, accompanied by a change in the valence state of the diffusing ions, as identified by electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS). Such mutual diffusion is believed to be the dominant factor that gives rise to superstructure formation at grain boundaries, while a different superstructure is formed at grain interiors, as a consequence solely of the reduction of Ce(4+) to Ce(3+) during H(2) treatment. This work will enhance the fundamental understanding of microstructural evolution at the anode, correlating with advancements in sample preparation in order to improve the performance of SOFC anodes.

  17. Synthesis of yttria-doped bismuth oxide powder by carbonate coprecipitation for IT-SOFC electrolyte.

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    Lee, J G; Kim, S H; Yoon, H H

    2011-01-01

    Yttria-doped bismuth oxide (YBO) powders were synthesized by ammonium carbonate coprecipitation for the preparation of electrolytes of an intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cell (IT-SOFC). The starting salts were yttrium and bismuth nitrate. The crystal structures and the morphological characteristics of the particles were analyzed by XRD and SEM, respectively. The ionic conductivity of the sintered pellet was measured by an electrochemical impedance analyzer. The size of the calcined YBO powders were in the range of 20-100 nm as measured by SEM images. The YBO pellets had a face-centered cubic structure, and their crystallite size was about 54-88 nm. The ionic conductivity of the YBO pellets sintered at 800 degrees C was observed to be 2.7 x 10(-1) Scm-(-1) at 700 degrees C. The ball-milling of the YBO powder before it was pelletized was found to have been unrequired probably because of a good sinterability of the YBO powders that was prepared via the ammonium carbonate coprecipitation method. The results showed that the ammonium carbonate coprecipitation process could be used as the cost-efficient method of producing YBO electrolytes for IT-SOFC.

  18. A Symmetrical, Planar SOFC Design for NASA's High Specific Power Density Requirements

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    Cable, Thomas L.; Sofie, Stephen W.

    2007-01-01

    Solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) systems for aircraft applications require an order of magnitude increase in specific power density (1.0 kW/kg) and long life. While significant research is underway to develop anode supported cells which operate at temperatures in the range of 650-800 C, concerns about Cr-contamination from the metal interconnect may drive the operating temperature down further, to 750 C and lower. Higher temperatures, 900-1000 C, are more favorable for SOFC stacks to achieve specific power densities of 1.0 kW/kg. Since metal interconnects are not practical at these high temperatures and can account for up to 75% of the weight of the stack, NASA is pursuing a design that uses a thin, LaCrO3-based ceramic interconnect that incorporates gas channels into the electrodes. The bi-electrode supported cell (BSC) uses porous YSZ scaffolds, on either side of a 10-20 microns electrolyte. The porous support regions are fabricated with graded porosity using the freeze-tape casting process which can be tailored for fuel and air flow. Removing gas channels from the interconnect simplifies the stack design and allows the ceramic interconnect to be kept thin, on the order of 50 -100 microns. The YSZ electrode scaffolds are infiltrated with active electrode materials following the high temperature sintering step. The NASA-BSC is symmetrical and CTE matched, providing balanced stresses and favorable mechanical properties for vibration and thermal cycling.

  19. Effect of inhomogeneous re-oxidation on Ni-based SOFC oxidation resistance

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    Lou, Kang; Wang, Feng Hui; Lu, Yong Jun; Zhao, Xiang

    2016-09-01

    Inhomogeneous re-oxidation, which causes graded NiO content along anode thickness, has been confirmed to be a key reason for Ni-based cell cracking during redox progress. In this paper, an analytical model is developed to estimate the impact of inhomogeneous re-oxidation on Ni-based solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) oxidation resistance. And experiments, in which the SOFC was partially re-oxidized, were implemented for model trial. Model results show that electrolyte internal stress can be significantly reduced (from 367 MPa to 135 MPa, when the oxidation degree is 60%), and the electrolyte can remain intact even when the oxidation degree reaches about 70%, if the anode was re-oxidized uniformly. This impact of inhomogeneous re-oxidation on stress in the electrolyte decreases as the anode thickness increases. Scanning electron microscopic (SEM) images of partially oxidized anode cross-sections confirmed that Ni oxidation was inhomogeneous, in which the outer regions of the anode became almost fully oxidized, while the inner regions remained metallic. And the inhomogeneity increases with the redox times. Consequently, it is important to avoid gradients in NiO content during oxidation progress to prevent cell cracking.

  20. Thermoeconomic analysis of SOFC-GT hybrid systems fed by liquid fuels

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    Santin, Marco; Traverso, Alberto; Magistri, Loredana; Massardo, Aristide [TPG-DIMSET, University of Genoa, Via Montallegro 1, 16145 Genoa (Italy)

    2010-02-15

    In the distributed power generation market, Solid Oxide Fuel Cell-Gas Turbine (SOFC-GT) hybrids are an attractive option. Prototypes are being tested around the world with different types of fuel, but mainly natural gas. In this publication, a study of SOFC-GT hybrids for operation with liquid fuels is presented. Two liquid fuels were investigated, methanol and kerosene, in four layouts, taking into account different fuel processing strategies. A 500 kW class hybrid system (HS) was analysed. Web-based ThermoEconomic Modular Program (WTEMP) software, developed by the Thermochemical Power Group of the University of Genoa, was used for the thermodynamic and investment analysis. Performance was calculated based on zero-dimensional component models. The economic assessment was performed with a through-life cost analysis approach. The cost of the conventional components was calculated with WTEMP cost equations. As a final result, methanol-fuelled HSs are shown to stand out for both their thermodynamic and economic performance. (author)

  1. Thermoeconomic analysis of pressurized hybrid SOFC systems with CO{sub 2} separation

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    Franzoni, A.; Magistri, L.; Traverso, A.; Massardo, A.F. [TPG-DiMSET, Universita di Genova, via Montallegro 1, 16145 Genoa (Italy)

    2008-02-15

    In this paper, the results of the thermodynamic and economic analyses of distributed power generation plants (1.5 MWe) are described and compared. The results of an exergetic analysis are also reported, as well as the thermodynamic details of the most significant streams of the plants. The integration of different hybrid solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system CO{sub 2} separation technologies characterizes the power plants proposed. A hybrid system with a tubular SOFC fed with natural gas with internal reforming has been taken as reference plant. Two different technologies have been considered for the same base system to obtain a low CO{sub 2} emission plant. The first technology involved a fuel decarbonization and CO{sub 2} separation process placed before the system feed, while the second integrated the CO{sub 2} separation and the energy cycle. The first option employed fuel processing, a technology (amine chemical absorption) viable for short-term implementation in real installations while the second option provided the CO{sub 2} separation by condensing the steam from the system exhaust. The results obtained, using a Web-based Thermo Economic Modular Program software, developed by the Thermochemical Power Group of the University of Genoa, showed that the thermodynamic and economic impact of the adoption of zero emission cycle layouts based on hybrid systems was relevant. (author)

  2. An FPGA Based Controller for a SOFC DC-DC Power System

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    Kanhu Charan Bhuyan

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Fuel cells are an attractive option for alternative power and of use in a variety of applications. This paper proposes a state space model for the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC based power system that comprises fuel cell, DC-DC buck converter, and load. In this investigation we have taken up a case study for SOFC feeding a DC load where a DC-DC buck converter acts as the interface between the load and the source. A proportional-integral (PI controller is used in conjunction with pulse width modulation (PWM that computes the pulse width and switches the MOSFET at the right instant so that the desired voltage is obtained. The proposed model is validated through extensive simulation using MATLAB/SIMULINK. Controller for the fuel cell power system (FCPS is prototyped using XC3S500E development board containing a SPARTAN 3E Xilinx FPGA that simplifies the entire control circuit besides providing additional flexibility for further improvement. The results clearly indicate improved performance and validate our proposed model.

  3. Scaleup of the IP-SOFC to multi-kilowatt levels

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    Hart, N.T.

    2004-07-01

    This report describes work carried out by Rolls Royce plc from 1 April 2000 to 30 September 2003 as a follow-up to previous studies on the development of an integrated planar solid fuel cell (IP-SOFC). The main advantage of the IP-SOFC design is that its stack costs are potentially very low. The work, which encompassed the early stages of the transition from technical evaluation to technology scale-up, was carried out in collaboration with Risoe National Laboratory, Imperial College London, Gaz de France and Advanced Ceramics. Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems Ltd was formed to commercialise the technology. Encouraging performance and durability were observed during laboratory-scale testing; target area specific resistances were achieved and negligible voltage degradation was observed after over 1,000 hours operation. A number of critical issues arose during the scale-up process concerning the manufacture of the support tubes, screen printing of cells and final stack assembly. A number of new test rigs were commissioned during the project and over 80 multi-cell modules were evaluated. Technical challenges associated with the mechanical integrity of the strip assembly and leakage of the active modules had not been overcome by the end of the project. The report highlights areas where ongoing development is needed.

  4. Analysis of cathode materials of perovskite structure for solid oxide fuel cells, sofc s; Analisis de materiales catodicos de estructura perovskita para celdas de combustible de oxido solido, sofcs

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    Alvarado F, J.; Espino V, J.; Avalos R, L. [Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo, Facultad de Ingenieria Quimica, Santiago Tapia 403, Morelia, Michoacan (Mexico)

    2015-07-01

    Fuel cells directly and efficiently convert the chemical energy of a fuel into electrical energy. Of the various types of fuel cells, the solid oxide (Sofc), combine the advantages in environmentally benign energy generation with fuel flexibility. However, the need for high operating temperatures (800 - 1000 grades C) has resulted in high costs and major challenges in relation to the compatibility the cathode materials. As a result, there have been significant efforts in the development of intermediate temperature Sofc (500 - 700 grades C). A key obstacle for operation in this temperature range is the limited activity of traditional cathode materials for electrochemical reduction oxygen. In this article, the progress of recent years is discussed in cathodes for Sofc perovskite structure (ABO{sub 3}), more efficient than the traditionally used La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}MnO{sub 3-δ} (LSM) or (La, Sr) CoO{sub 3}. Such is the case of mixed conductors (MIEC) double perovskite structure (A A B{sub 2}O{sub 5+δ}) using different doping elements as La, Sr, Fe, Ti, Cr, Sm, Co, Cu, Pr, Nd, Gd, dy, Mn, among others, which could improve the operational performance of existing cathode materials, promoting the development of optimized intermediate temperature Sofc designs. (Author)

  5. Clearing up the kinetics in high temperature fuel cells SOFC. Final report; Aufklaerung der Kinetik in Hochtemperatur-Brennstoffzellen SOFC. Abschlussbericht

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    Stimming, U.

    1997-05-12

    In this work, the kinetics of the oxygen reduction of the SOFC cathode are to be detailed, i.e., depending on the parameters of electrode potential, temperature and oxygen partial pressure, they are to be examined with impedance spectroscopy and quasi-stationary current/voltage measurements. From the dependence of the impedances and the current density on the temperature and the oxygen partial pressure, apparent activation energies and pre-exponential factors as well as apparent reaction orders are to be determined, in order to obtain information on possible reaction mechanisms. These investigations should be carried out not only on standard cathode material (La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}MnO{sub 3}, LSM) but also on modified LSM cathodes. This modification should consist either of the addition of noble metal catalysts or in a change of the composition of the cathode material, and should lead to increased catalytic activity of the cathode. In addition, using the example of the standard cathode, different possible reaction mechanisms should be compared by a computer simulation of the current/voltage measurements and impedance spectra. (orig.) [Deutsch] In dieser Arbeit soll die Kinetik der Sauerstoffreduktion an der SOFC Kathode detailliert, d.h. in Abhaengigkeit der Parameter Elektrodenpotential, Temperatur und Sauerstoffpartialdruck mit Impedanzspektroskopie und quasi-stationaeren Strom/Spannungsmessungen untersucht werden. Aus den Abhaengigkeiten der Impedanzen und der Stromdichte von der Temperatur und vom Sauerstoffpartialdruck sollen scheinbare Aktivierungsenergien und prae-exponentielle Faktoren sowie scheinbare Reaktionsordnungen bestimmt werden, um Hinweise auf moegliche Reaktionsmechanismen zu erhalten. Diese Untersuchungen sollen nicht nur am Standardkathodenmaterial (La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}MnO{sub 3}, LSM), sondern auch an modifizierten LSM-Kathoden durchgefuehrt werden. Diese Modifizierung soll entweder im Zusatz von Edelmetallkatalysatoren oder in einer Aenderung

  6. Development of perovskite cathodes for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC); Desenvolvimento de catodos de perovskitas para celula a combustivel solido de eletrolito solido (SOFC)

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    Perez, J. [UNESP, Araraquara, SP (Brazil). Inst. de Quimica], e-mail: joelma@iq.unesp.br; Pereira, J.T.; Saeki, M.J. [UNESP, Bauru, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Ciencias

    2006-07-01

    Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) are energy conversion systems of great interest for industrial applications because they present a high efficiency for energy generation and several advantages for the environment. In this work, perovskite type oxides La{sub 085}Sr{sub 0,15}MnO{sub 3}, La{sub 0,7} Sr{sub 0,3}MnO{sub 3}, La{sub 0,6}Sr{sub 0,4}MnO{sub 3}, La{sub 0,85}Sr{sub 0,15}CoO{sub 3}, La{sub 0,7}Sr{sub 0,3}CoO{sub 3}, La{sub 0,6}Sr{sub 0,4}CoO{sub 3}, La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0,4}Fe{sub 0,8}Co{sub 0,2}O{sub 3} e La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0,4}Fe{sub 0,4}Co{sub 0,6}O{sub 3} were prepared by a polymeric method with the purpose of using them as cathodes in SOFCs. The electrochemical cell was mounted utilizing YSZ (ZrO{sub 2} - 8 mol%Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}) disks as electrolyte, where a paste containing Pt was calcined onto one face while the other one was covered with the oxide materials synthesized ('screen printing'). The oxide materials prepared were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electronic microscopy and thermogravimetry. The oxygen reduction reaction was studied by taking polarization curves in oxygen and/or air (800 deg C a 950 deg C). The best performance was obtained for 15 {mu}m thickness electrodes La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0,4}MnO{sub 3} and La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0,4}MnO{sub 3} with addition of dispersed Pt. (author)

  7. Direct Logistic Fuel JP-8 Conversion in a Liquid Tin Anode Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (LTA-SOFC)

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    2008-04-09

    demonstrated the ability of the Liquid Tin Anode Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (LTA SOFC) to direct convert logistic fuel, JP-8. The demonstration of direct JP-8...conversion without fuel processing or reforming was unprecedented in fuel cell technology. The DOD has a broad interest in power generation using

  8. Predicting the ultimate potential of natural gas SOFC power cycles with CO2 capture - Part B: Applications

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    Campanari, Stefano; Mastropasqua, Luca; Gazzani, Matteo; Chiesa, Paolo; Romano, Matteo C.

    2016-09-01

    An important advantage of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) as future systems for large scale power generation is the possibility of being efficiently integrated with processes for CO2 capture. Focusing on natural gas power generation, Part A of this work assessed the performances of advanced pressurised and atmospheric plant configurations (SOFC + GT and SOFC + ST, with fuel cell integration within a gas turbine or a steam turbine cycle) without CO2 separation. This Part B paper investigates such kind of power cycles when applied to CO2 capture, proposing two ultra-high efficiency plant configurations based on advanced intermediate-temperature SOFCs with internal reforming and low temperature CO2 separation process. The power plants are simulated at the 100 MW scale with a set of realistic assumptions about FC performances, main components and auxiliaries, and show the capability of exceeding 70% LHV efficiency with high CO2 capture (above 80%) and a low specific primary energy consumption for the CO2 avoided (1.1-2.4 MJ kg-1). Detailed results are presented in terms of energy and material balances, and a sensitivity analysis of plant performance is developed vs. FC voltage and fuel utilisation to investigate possible long-term improvements. Options for further improvement of the CO2 capture efficiency are also addressed.

  9. Efficient modeling of metallic interconnects for thermo-mechanical simulation of SOFC stacks: homogenized behaviors and effect of contact

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    Tadesse Molla, Tesfaye; Kwok, Kawai; Frandsen, Henrik Lund

    2016-01-01

    Currently thermo-mechanical analysis of the entire solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stack at operational conditions is computationally challenging if the geometry of metallic interconnects is considered explicitly. This is particularly the case when creep deformations in the interconnect are consider...

  10. EFFECT OF SURFACE CONDITION ON SPALLATION BEHAVIOR OF OXIDE SCALE ON SS 441 SUBSTRATE USED IN SOFC

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    Liu, Wenning N.; Sun, Xin; Stephens, Elizabeth V.; Khaleel, Mohammad A.

    2011-03-01

    As operating temperature of SOFC decreases, ferritic stainless steel has attracted a great deal of attention for its use as an interconnect in SOFCs because of its gas-tightness, low electrical resistivity, ease of fabrication, and cost-effectiveness. However, oxidation reaction of the metallic interconnects in a typical SOFC working environment is unavoidable. The growth stresses in the oxide scale and on the scale/substrate interface combined with the thermal stresses induced by thermal expansion coefficient mismatch between the oxide scale and the substrate may lead to scale delamination/buckling and eventual spallation during stack cooling, which can lead to serious cell performance degradation. Therefore, the interfacial adhesion strength between the oxide scale and substrate is crucial to the reliability and durability of the metallic interconnect in SOFC operating environments. In this paper, we investigated the effect of the surface conditions on the interfacial strength of oxide scale and SS441 substrate experimentally. Contrary to the conventional sense, it was found that rough surface of SS441 substrate will decrease the interfacial adhesive strength of the oxide scale and SS441 substrate

  11. Characterization of a well performing and durable Ni:CGO-infiltrated anode for metal-supported SOFC

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    Nielsen, Jimmi; Klemensø, Trine; Graves, Christopher R.;

    . These performance and durability characteristics are very encouraging but despite several papers on metal supported SOFC with this type of infiltrated anode [1-3], the performance and the factors controlling the performance and durability is not yet well understood. Only some initial data on symmetrical cells...

  12. Thermodynamic and thermoeconomic analysis of a system with biomass gasification, solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) and Stirling engine

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    Rokni, Masoud

    2014-01-01

    Thermodynamic and thermoeconomic investigations of a small-scale integrated gasification solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) and Stirling engine for combined heat and power (CHP) with a net electric capacity of 120kWe have been performed. Woodchips are used as gasification feedstock to produce syngas...

  13. Infiltrated SrTiO3:FeCr‐based Anodes for Metal‐Supported SOFC

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    Blennow Tullmar, Peter; Reddy Sudireddy, Bhaskar; Persson, Åsa Helen;

    2013-01-01

    The concept of using electronically conducting anode backbones with subsequent infiltration of electrocatalytic active materials has been used to develop an alternative solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) design based on a ferritic stainless steel support. The anode backbone consists of a composite made...

  14. Performance-Microstructure Relations in Ni/CGO Infiltrated Nb-doped SrTiO3 SOFC Anodes

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    Ramos, Tania; Bernuy-Lopez, Carlos; Reddy Sudireddy, Bhaskar;

    2012-01-01

    Nb-doped SrTiO3 solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anodes, infiltrated with CGO/Ni, were investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and high resolution microscopy techniques, upon varying production and testing parameters. The electrochemical analysis involved a combination...

  15. Evidence of the Current Collector Effect: Study of the SOFC Cathode Material Ca3Co4O9+d

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    Rolle, A.; Thoréton, V.; Rozier, P.; Capoen, E.; Mentré, O.; Boukamp, B.A.; Daviero-Minaud, S.

    2012-01-01

    In the study of the performance of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) electrodes, the possible influence of the applied current collector is often not mentioned or recognized. In this article, as part of an optimization study of the potentially attractive Ca3Co4O9+δ cathode material (Ca349), special atten

  16. NiO/YSZ Reduction for SOFC/SOEC Studied In Situ by Environmental Transmission Electron Microscopy

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    Simonsen, Søren Bredmose; Agersted, Karsten; Hansen, Karin Vels;

    2014-01-01

    A typical anode for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) or cathode for solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOEC) is a complex porous structure of Ni and yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ). The porous Ni/YSZ is usually prepared from powder mixtures of NiO and YSZ, tape casted and sintered into a dense structure...

  17. Biomass Gasifier–SOFC Systems: From Electrode Studies to the Development of Integrated Systems and New Applications

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    Aravind, P.V.; Liu, M.; Fan, L.; Promes, E.J.O.; Giraldo, S.Y.; Woudstra, T.

    2013-01-01

    An overview of the research activities and on-going multiple projects at Delft University of Technology aimed at the development of Gasifier–Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) based power plants are presented. Biosyngas generated in gasifiers consists of a mixture of carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (

  18. Manganates of lanthanum and strontium as cathode of fuel cells (SOFC); Manganatos de lantanio e estroncio como catodo de celulas combustiveis (SOFC)

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    Macedo, Marfran C. de; Nascimento, Rubens M. do; Martinelli, Antonio E.; Melo, Dulce M.A. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal, RN (Brazil)

    2004-07-01

    The fuel cells if constitute currently as a promising alternative modular generation of electric energy to leave of chemical energy. The SOFCs is distinguished as promising for the industry of the oil, therefore they can use the produced natural gas in the platforms as combustible, allowing generation of raised power electric.The material of cathode constituent of the cell are oxides with perovskites structure, normally doped with a earthy-alkaline element (Sr{sup +3}). In this work, two compositions of the La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x} MnO{sub 3} system were synthesized (x = 0,15 and 0,30), through the Pechini method and after resultants of the process they were characterized by X- Ray diffraction, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermal gravimetric analysis (TG/DTG) and laser grain size analysis. The systems in study shown similar behavior how much to the results of absorption in the region of infra-red ray and TG/DTG, therefore if it can prove the loss of organic substance with the increase of the temperature.The average particle diameter for the two systems also increased gradually with the temperature. In general way the synthesis method was satisfactory for the formation of the perovskites phase in the two studied compositions. (author)

  19. Properties and microstructure of NiO/SDC materials for SOFC anode applications

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    CHENG Jigui; DENG Liping; ZHANG Benrui; SHI Ping; MENG Guangyao

    2007-01-01

    NiO/SDC composites and Ni/SDC cermets for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anode applications were prepared from nickel oxide (NiO) and samaria doped ceria (SDC) powders by the powder metallurgy process. The physical and mechanical properties, as well as the microstructure of the NiO/SDC composites and the Ni/SDC cermets were investigated. It is shown that the sintering temperature of the NiO/SDC composites and NiO content plays an important role in determining the microstructure and properties of the NiO/SDC composites, which, in turn, influences the microstructure, electrical conductivity, and mechanical properties of the Ni/SDC cermets. The present study demonstrated that composition and tprocess parameters must be appropriately selected to optimize the microstructure and the properties of NiO/SDC materials for solid oxide fuel cell applications.

  20. Quantification of SOFC anode microstructure based on dual beam FIB-SEM technique

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    Iwai, Hiroshi; Kishimoto, Masashi; Hayashi, Daisuke; Saito, Motohiro; Yoshida, Hideo [Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Kyoto University, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-8501 (Japan); Shikazono, Naoki; Teshima, Hisanori; Matsuzaki, Katsuhisa; Kanno, Daisuke; Kasagi, Nobuhide [Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Hongo 7-3-1, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); Matsui, Toshiaki; Kishida, Ryo; Muroyama, Hiroki; Eguchi, Koichi [Department of Energy and Hydrocarbon Chemistry, Kyoto University, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8510 (Japan)

    2010-02-15

    The three-dimensional microstructure of an SOFC anode is quantified using a dual beam focused ion beam scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM) system equipped with an energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) unit. The microstructure of the Ni-YSZ anode is virtually reconstructed in a computational field using a series of acquired two-dimensional SEM images. The three-phase boundary (TPB) density and tortuosity factors are carefully evaluated by applying two different evaluation methods to each parameter. The TPB density is estimated by a volume expansion method and a centroid method, while the tortuosity factors are evaluated by a random walk calculation and a lattice Boltzmann method (LBM). Estimates of each parameter obtained by the two methods are in good agreement with each other, thereby validating the reliability of the analysis methods proposed in this study. (author)

  1. Preparation and characterisation of SOFC anodic materials based on Ce-Cu

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    Fuerte, A.; Valenzuela, R.X. [CIEMAT, Departamento de Energia, Av. Complutense 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Daza, L. [CIEMAT, Departamento de Energia, Av. Complutense 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquimica (CSIC), Marie Curie 2, Campus Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2007-06-10

    Ce-Cu mixed oxide precursors with varing Ce:Cu atomic ratio have been prepared by freeze-drying and microemulsion coprecipitation methods. Nanostructured particles having different properties have been obtained. Physicochemical properties have been studied with X-ray diffraction, UV-vis spectroscopy, nitrogen adsorption-desorption, mercury intrusion porosimetry, ICP-AES, conductivity measurement and thermal expansion coefficient. All samples show fluorite structure with slight copper surface enrichment for samples having high copper content. Microemulsion method allows the introduction of a large quantity of copper into the cerium oxide structure, obtaining a nanostructured mixed oxide of high surface area. On the other hand, freeze-drying samples does not show evidence of copper incorporation to the lattice of cerium oxide. All materials have a thermal expansion coefficient similar to other components of SOFC. (author)

  2. The Effect of H2S on the Performance of SOFCs using Methane Containing Fuel

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    Rasmussen, Jens Foldager Bregnballe; Hagen, Anke

    2010-01-01

    In recent years, the interest for using biogas derived from biomass as fuel in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) has increased. To maximise the biogas to electrical energy output, it is important to study the effects of the main biogas components (CH4 and CO2), minor ones and traces (e.g. H2S...... performance was monitored with electric measurements and impedance spectroscopy. At OCV 2–24 ppm H2S were added to the fuel in 24 h intervals. The reforming activity of the Ni-containing anode decreased rapidly when H2S was added to the fuel. This ultimately resulted in a lower production of fuel (H2 and CO......) from CH4. Applying 1 A cm–2 current load, a maximum concentration of 7 ppm H2S was acceptable for a 24 h period....

  3. Preparation and characters of anode Ni-YSZ nanotubes of SOFC

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    Meng, X.; Yang, N.; Tan, X. [Shandong Univ., Zibo (China). Dept. of Chemical Engineering

    2010-07-01

    Nickel/yttria-stabilized zirconia (Ni-YSZ) cermet composite nanotubes with a high specific surface area were synthesized using the sol-gel method with a porous anodic alumina oxide (AAO) as a template. X-ray diffraction (XRD) scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and BET measurements were conducted to characterize the samples. The catalytic performance of the Ni-YSZ nanotubes was also evaluated using a fixed bed reactor. The analyses demonstrated that the nanotubes were approximately 200 nm. The methane conversion rate was improved by approximately 10 per cent. Results of the study suggested that the Ni-YSZ nanotubes possessed a higher catalytic performance than other Ni-YSZ powders in relation to methane oxidation. The improved performance was attributed to the higher specific surface of the nanotubes. Results indicated that the nanotubes can be used in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) applications. 4 refs.

  4. Properties of zirconia thin layers elaborated by high voltage anodisation in view of SOFC application

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    Montero, Xabier; Pauporte, Thierry; Ringuede, Armelle; Cassir, Michel [Laboratoire d' Electrochimie et Chimie Analytique, UMR-CNRS 7575, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Paris, 11, rue P. et M. Curie, 75231 Paris Cedex 05 (France); Vannier, Rose-Noelle [Laboratoire de Cristallochimie et Physicochimie du Solide ENSCL-BP, 59652 Villeneuve d' Ascq Cedex 108 (France)

    2005-10-10

    In order to adapt the anodisation technique to SOFC application, zirconium and zirconium-niobium alloys were tested in various electrolytic media and applied potentials (up to 420V). The elaborated ZrO{sub 2} insulating layers were characterised in situ by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and their thicknesses were determined as ranging up to 1{mu}m. The effect of thermal annealing treatment of layers prepared in various experimental conditions was investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and solid-state electrochemical impedance spectroscopy in a planar configuration. The effect of the growing conditions on significant parameters such as zirconia crystallite size, zirconia conductivity and activation energy were deduced up to 800{sup o}C. The possibility of using the anodisation process for fuel cell devices is discussed. This study demonstrates that it surely requires the use of more efficient dopants, such as yttria. (author)

  5. Fabricating Pinhole-Free YSZ Sub-Microthin Films by Magnetron Sputtering for Micro-SOFCs

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    T. Hill

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Submicron thin yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ films were prepared on a variety of substrates with different surface morphologies by magnetron sputtering followed by thermal oxidation. Pinholes were observed in the films deposited on nanoporous alumina substrates. Initial dense Y/Zr films developed nanocracks after thermal oxidation on smooth Si wafer substrates. At optimal sputtering and oxidation conditions, smooth and crack/pore-free films were achieved on Si wafer substrates. The thin YSZ films exhibited fully ionic conduction with ionic conductivities, and activation energy corroborated well with the values from commercial YSZ plates. The thin YSZ films can be utilized in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs for intermediate temperature operations.

  6. Development of Parametric Mass and Volume Models for an Aerospace SOFC/Gas Turbine Hybrid System

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    Tornabene, Robert; Wang, Xiao-yen; Steffen, Christopher J., Jr.; Freeh, Joshua E.

    2005-01-01

    In aerospace power systems, mass and volume are key considerations to produce a viable design. The utilization of fuel cells is being studied for a commercial aircraft electrical power unit. Based on preliminary analyses, a SOFC/gas turbine system may be a potential solution. This paper describes the parametric mass and volume models that are used to assess an aerospace hybrid system design. The design tool utilizes input from the thermodynamic system model and produces component sizing, performance, and mass estimates. The software is designed such that the thermodynamic model is linked to the mass and volume model to provide immediate feedback during the design process. It allows for automating an optimization process that accounts for mass and volume in its figure of merit. Each component in the system is modeled with a combination of theoretical and empirical approaches. A description of the assumptions and design analyses is presented.

  7. Application of Coordinated SOFC and SMES Robust Control for Stabilizing Tie-Line Power

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    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Wind power causes fluctuations in power systems and introduces issues concerning system stability and power quality because of the lack of controllability of its discontinuous and intermittent resources. This paper presents a coordinated control strategy for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs and superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES to match the intermittent wind power generation and compensate for the rapid load changes. An optimal H∞ control method, where the weighting function selection is expressed as an optimization problem, is proposed to mitigate tie-line power fluctuations and the mixed-sensitivity approach is used to deal with the interference suppression. Simulation results show that the proposed method significantly improves the smoothing effect of wind power fluctuations. Compared with the conventional control method, the proposed method has better anti-interference performance in various operating situations.

  8. Investigation of Cu-based Infiltration Coatings for Metal-supported SOFC

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    Blennow Tullmar, Peter; Reddy Sudireddy, Bhaskar; Persson, Åsa Helen;

    2013-01-01

    Metal-supported solid oxide fuel cells are candidates for the next generation of SOFCs. However, the cell design with an FeCr/YSZbased anode backbone suffers from corrosion when the cells are run at high fuel utilization, which limits the long term durability. In this work, new infiltration...... coatings based on Cu in combination with Ni:Ce0.8Gd0.2O1.9 (Ni:CGO) have been studied. The candidates for a corrosion resistant coating should limit the formation of Cr2O3 on the surface of FeCr particles. Promising fuel cell performance with an ASR of 0.5 _cm2 was obtained at 650 ºC with H2 as fuel...

  9. The Development of Low-Cost Integrated Composite Seal for SOFC: Materials and Design Methodologies

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    Xinyu Huang; Kristoffer Ridgeway; Srivatsan Narasimhan; Serg Timin; Wei Huang; Didem Ozevin; Ken Reifsnider

    2006-07-31

    This report summarizes the work conducted by UConn SOFC seal development team during the Phase I program and no cost extension. The work included composite seal sample fabrication, materials characterizations, leak testing, mechanical strength testing, chemical stability study and acoustic-based diagnostic methods. Materials characterization work revealed a set of attractive material properties including low bulk permeability, high electrical resistivity, good mechanical robustness. Composite seal samples made of a number of glasses and metallic fillers were tested for sealing performance under steady state and thermal cycling conditions. Mechanical testing included static strength (pull out) and interfacial fracture toughness measurements. Chemically stability study evaluated composite seal material stability after aging at 800 C for 168 hrs. Acoustic based diagnostic test was conducted to help detect and understand the micro-cracking processes during thermal cycling test. The composite seal concept was successfully demonstrated and a set of material (coating composition & fillers) were identified to have excellent thermal cycling performance.

  10. High-Temperature Desulfurization of Heavy Fuel-Derived Reformate Gas Streams for SOFC Applications

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    Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, Maria; Surgenor, Angela D.

    2007-01-01

    Desulfurization of the hot reformate gas produced by catalytic partial oxidation or autothermal reforming of heavy fuels, such as JP-8 and jet fuels, is required prior to using the gas in a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC). Development of suitable sorbent materials involves the identification of sorbents with favorable sulfidation equilibria, good kinetics, and high structural stability and regenerability at the SOFC operating temperatures (650 to 800 C). Over the last two decades, a major barrier to the development of regenerable desulfurization sorbents has been the gradual loss of sorbent performance in cyclic sulfidation and regeneration at such high temperatures. Mixed oxide compositions based on ceria were examined in this work as regenerable sorbents in simulated reformate gas mixtures and temperatures greater than 650 C. Regeneration was carried out with dilute oxygen streams. We have shown that under oxidative regeneration conditions, high regeneration space velocities (greater than 80,000 h(sup -1)) can be used to suppress sulfate formation and shorten the total time required for sorbent regeneration. A major finding of this work is that the surface of ceria and lanthanan sorbents can be sulfided and regenerated completely, independent of the underlying bulk sorbent. This is due to reversible adsorption of H2S on the surface of these sorbents even at temperatures as high as 800 C. La-rich cerium oxide formulations are excellent for application to regenerative H2S removal from reformate gas streams at 650 to 800 C. These results create new opportunities for compact sorber/regenerator reactor designs to meet the requirements of solid oxide fuel cell systems at any scale.

  11. Structural and defect chemistry guidelines for Sr(V,Nb)O3-based SOFC anode materials.

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    Macías, J; Yaremchenko, A A; Fagg, D P; Frade, J R

    2015-04-28

    Structural and defect chemistry guidelines were used for Nb-substituted SrVO3-δ materials, designed to meet SOFC anode requirements, with emphasis on redox tolerance, thermochemical compatibility with other SOFC materials, electrical conductivity and adjustable changes in oxygen stoichiometry for their prospective impact on electrocatalytic performance. SrV1-xNbxO3-δ (x = 0-0.30) ceramics were prepared by solid-state synthesis and sintered at 1773 K in a reducing atmosphere. XRD and SEM/EDS showed that under these conditions a single-phase cubic perovskite structure appears up to x ≈ 0.25. Electrical conductivity is metallic-like and nearly p(O2)-independent. Although substitution by niobium decreases the conductivity, which still exceeds 100 S cm(-1) for x ≤ 0.20 at temperatures below 1273 K, it also expands the stability domain of the cubic perovskite phase and suppresses partly high thermochemical expansion characteristic of parent SrVO3-δ. The upper p(O2) limit of phase stability was found to shift from ∼2 × 10(-15) atm for the undoped material to ∼2 × 10(-12) atm for x = 0.30, whereas the average thermal expansion coefficient at 773-1223 K decreased from 22.7 × 10(-6) to 13.3 × 10(-6) K(-1). SrV1-xNbxO3-δ perovskites undergo oxidative decomposition in air, which causes dimensional and microstructural changes. However, sluggish kinetics of oxidation under inert gas conditions results in nearly reversible behavior in relatively short-term redox cycles between reducing and inert atmospheres. Subtle structural changes and a close correlation with point defect chemistry clarify these sluggish changes and provide guidelines to retain the metastability.

  12. Activation of H(2) oxidation at sulphur-exposed Ni surfaces under low temperature SOFC conditions.

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    Deleebeeck, Lisa; Shishkin, Maxim; Addo, Paul; Paulson, Scott; Molero, Hebert; Ziegler, Tom; Birss, Viola

    2014-05-28

    Ni-YSZ (yttria-stabilized zirconia) cermets are known to be very good anodes in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), which are typically operated at 700-1000 °C. However, they are expected to be increasingly degraded as the operating temperature is lowered in the presence of H2S (5-10 ppm) in the H2 fuel stream. However, at 500 to 600 °C, a temperature range rarely examined for sulphur poisoning, but of great interest for next generation SOFCs, we report that H2S-exposed Ni-YSZ anodes are catalytic towards the H2 oxidation reaction, rather than poisoned. By analogy with bulk Ni3S2/YSZ anodes, shown previously to enhance H2 oxidation kinetics, it is proposed that a thin layer of Ni sulphide, akin to Ni3S2, is forming, at least at the triple point boundary (TPB) region under our conditions. To explain why Ni3S2/YSZ is so active, it is shown from density functional theory (DFT) calculations that the O(2-) anions at the Ni3S2/YSZ TPB are more reactive towards hydrogen oxidation than is O(2-) at the Ni/YSZ TPB. This is accounted for primarily by structural transformations of Ni3S2 during H2 oxidation, rather than by the electronic properties of this interface. To understand why a thin layer of Ni3S2 could form when a single monolayer of sulphur on the Ni surface is the predicted surface phase under our conditions, it is possible that the reaction of H2 with O(2-), forming water, prevents sulphur from re-equilibrating to H2S. This may then promote Ni sulphide formation, at least in the TPB region.

  13. Determination of global and local residual stresses in SOFC by X-ray diffraction

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    Villanova, Julie; Sicardy, Olivier; Fortunier, Roland; Micha, Jean-Sébastien; Bleuet, Pierre

    2010-02-01

    Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) is a high-performance electrochemical device for energy conversion. A single cell is composed of five layers made of different ceramic materials: anode support, anode functional layer, electrolyte, cathode functional layer and cathode. The mechanical integrity of the cell is a major issue during its lifetime, especially for the electrolyte layer. Damage of the cells is mainly due to the high operating temperature, the "redox" behaviour of the anode and the brittleness of the involved materials. Since residual stresses are known to play a significant role in the damage evolution, it is important to determine them. For this purpose, residual stresses in an anode-supported planar SOFC were measured by X-ray diffraction. Firstly, macroscopic stresses in each phase of each layer were studied using the sin 2ψ method on a laboratory X-ray goniometer at room temperature. This technique enables the calculation of residual stress of the material from the measurement of the crystal lattice deformation. The electrolyte has been found under bi-axial compressive stress of -920 MPa. Secondly, X-ray measurements controlling depth penetration were made in the electrolyte using grazing incidence method. The results show that the stress is not homogenous in the layer. The first five micrometers of the electrolyte have been found less constrained (-750 MPa) than the complete layer, suggesting a gradient of deformation in the electrolyte from the interface with the Anode Functional Layer to the free surface. Finally, local stress measurements were made on the electrolyte layer by X-ray synchrotron radiation that allows high accuracy measurement on the (sub-) micrometer scale. Polychromatic and monochromatic beams are used to determine the complete strain tensor from grain to grain in the electrolyte. First results confirm the macroscopic stress trend of the electrolyte. These X-ray techniques at different scales will contribute to a better understanding of

  14. Fuel Cell Power Plant Initiative. Volume 2; Preliminary Design of a Fixed-Base LFP/SOFC Power System

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    Veyo, S.E.

    1997-01-01

    This report documents the preliminary design for a military fixed-base power system of 3 MWe nominal capacity using Westinghouse's tubular Solid Oxide Fuel Cell [SOFC] and Haldor Topsoe's logistic fuels processor [LFP]. The LFP provides to the fuel cell a methane rich sulfur free fuel stream derived from either DF-2 diesel fuel, or JP-8 turbine fuel. Fuel cells are electrochemical devices that directly convert the chemical energy contained in fuels such as hydrogen, natural gas, or coal gas into electricity at high efficiency with no intermediate heat engine or dynamo. The SOFC is distinguished from other fuel cell types by its solid state ceramic structure and its high operating temperature, nominally 1000'C. The SOFC pioneered by Westinghouse has a tubular geometry closed at one end. A power generation stack is formed by aggregating many cells in an ordered array. The Westinghouse stack design is distinguished from other fuel cell stacks by the complete absence of high integrity seals between cell elements, cells, and between stack and manifolds. Further, the reformer for natural gas [predominantly methane] and the stack are thermally and hydraulically integrated with no requirement for process water. The technical viability of combining the tubular SOFC and a logistic fuels processor was demonstrated at 27 kWe scale in a test program sponsored by the Advanced Research Projects Agency [ARPA) and carried out at the Southern California Edison's [SCE] Highgrove generating station near San Bernardino, California in 1994/95. The LFP was a breadboard design supplied by Haldor Topsoe, Inc. under subcontract to Westinghouse. The test program was completely successful. The LFP fueled the SOFC for 766 hours on JP-8 and 1555 hours of DF-2. In addition, the fuel cell operated for 3261 hours on pipeline natural gas. Over the 5582 hours of operation, the SOFC generated 118 MVVH of electricity with no perceptible degradation in performance. The LFP processed military

  15. Investigations on autothermal reforming of kerosene Jet A-1 for supplying solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC); Untersuchungen zur autothermen Reformierung von Kerosin Jet A-1 zur Versorgung oxidkeramischer Festelektrolyt-Brennstoffzellen (SOFC)

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    Lenz, B.

    2007-01-25

    The auxiliary power unit of commercial aircraft is a gas turbine producing electric power with an efficiency of 18 %. This APU can be replaced by a fuel cell system, consisting of an autothermal kerosene reformer and a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC). The fuel is kerosene Jet A-1. The autothermal reforming of Jet A-1 is practically investigated under variation of steam-to-carbon-ratio, air ratio, space velocity, time in operation and reactor pressure on commercial catalysts. Using stationary system simulation the thermodynamic processes of the device is investigated. Finally, the autothermal reformer and the SOFC consisting of 14 cells are coupled. During this test series, I-V-characteristics are measured, fuel utilisation is calculated and the self-sufficient system operation is shown. (orig.)

  16. SOFC high-temperature fuel cell for decentralised energy supply - state of the art and first operating experiences; Die Hochtemperatur Brennstoffzelle SOFC in der dezentralen Energieversorgung - Technischer Stand und erste Betriebserfahrungen

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    Blum, L. [Siemens AG Energieerzeugung KWU, Erlangen (Germany); Sukkel, J. [NUON Milieubedrijf, Arnheim (Netherlands)

    1999-07-01

    Due to its high efficiency and environmental friendliness, which is accounted for by its perfect adaptability to natural gas, the SOFC high-temperature fuel cell is especially well suited for decentralised power and heat supply systems. While the planar SOFC version is still largely in the development stage, with units of up to 10kW under study at various research institutions, the pipe version of Siemens Westinghouse has already reached a more advanced technical stage. A first 100 kW demonstration plant is being operated in the Netherlands by the Dutch/Danish EDB/ELSAM consortium. Despite certain starting difficulties the first 6,000 operating hours showed a very satisfactory behaviour. Net electrical efficiency reached 46%, a globally unrivalled achievement for a plant of this size. Using this concept as a starting point Siemens plans to put demonstration plants of up to 3 MW into operation in the course of the next three years. [German] Die Hochtemperatur-Brennstoffzelle SOFC ist aufgrund ihres hohen Wirkungsgrades und ihrer Umweltfreundlichkeit und durch den problemlosen Einsatzes von Erdgas besonders gut fuer die dezentrale Versorgung mit Strom und Waerme geeignet. Waehrend sich die planare SOFC noch weitgehend im Entwicklungsstadium von Einheiten bis 10 kW befindet und in Deutschland vorwiegend an Forschungseinrichtungen untersucht wird hat das Roehrenkonzept von Siemens Westinghouse bereits einen fortgeschrittenen technischen Stand erreicht. Eine erste 100 kW Demo-Anlage wird in den Niederlanden von dem hollaendisch/daenischen Konsortium EDB/ELSAM betrieben. Trotz einiger Startschwierigkeiten zeigten die ersten 6000 Betriebsstunden ein sehr zufriedenstellendes Verhalten. Mit 46% elektrischem Nettowirkungsgrad wurde ein fuer Anlagen dieser Groessenordnung bislang weltweit einmaliger Wert erreicht. Die Siemens AG plant, basierend auf diesem Konzept, in den naechsten drei Jahren Demonstrationsanlagen bis 1 MW in Betrieb zu nehmen. (orig.)

  17. Study of a hybrid system using solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) and gas turbine; Estudo de um sistema hibrido empregando celula de combustivel de oxido solido (SOFC) e turbina a gas

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    Souza, Antonio Carlos Caetano de; Gallo, Giulliano Batelochi; Silveira, Jose Luz [UNESP, Guaratingueta, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Engenharia. Dept. de Energia], e-mail: caetano@feg.unesp.br

    2004-07-01

    In this paper a hybrid solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system, applying a combined cycle using gas turbine for rational decentralized energy production is analyzed. The relative concepts about the fuel cell are presented, followed by some chemical and technical information such as the change of Gibbs free energy in isothermal fuel oxidation directly into electricity. This represents a very high fraction of the lower heating value (LHV) of a hydrocarbon fuel. In the next step a methodology for the study of SOFC and gas turbine system is developed, considering the electricity and steam production for a hospital. This methodology is applied to energetic analysis. Natural gas is considered as a fuel. A Sankey Diagram shows that the hybrid SOFC system is a good opportunity to strengthen the decentralized energy production in Brazil. It is necessary to consider that the cogeneration in this version also is a good technical alternative, demanding special methods of design, equipment selection and contractual deals associated to electricity and fuel supply. (author)

  18. Study on Oxidation Behavior of NiMoCr Metallic Interconnector for SOFC%固体氧化物燃料电池(SOFC)用NiMOCr金属连接体氧化行为研究

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    卢凤双; 田宇鹏

    2011-01-01

    金属作为固体氧化物燃料电池(SOFC)连接体材料已成为可能并成为研究热点.本论文对SOFC用NiMoCr合金分别在SOFC阴极和阳极气氛条件下的高温氧化性能作了详细的研究.结果表明:阳极(燃料极)条件下氧化所形成的是MnCr2O4尖晶石;阴极(空气极)条件下氧化所形成的是不含Cr的致密NiMnO4型尖晶石,能有效抑制Cr的挥发,降低阴极Cr毒化现象,并提高合金表面氧化物的导电性能.%At present, the metallic interconnector used for solid oxidation fuel cell (SOFC) is actively researched. In this paper, high temperature oxidation behaviors in the cathode and anode environment of SOFC were separately studied. The results show that the MnCr2O4 appears in the anode environment and NiMn2O4 appears in the cathode environment which can reduce poisoning of the cathode because of restraining the volatilization of Cr and increasing the conduction of electricity of oxidation layer.

  19. NiO/YSZ Reduction for SOFC/SOEC Studied In Situ by Environmental Transmission Electron Microscopy

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    Simonsen, Søren Bredmose; Agersted, Karsten; Hansen, Karin Vels;

    2014-01-01

    A typical anode for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) or cathode for solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOEC) is a complex porous structure of Ni and yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ). The porous Ni/YSZ is usually prepared from powder mixtures of NiO and YSZ, tape casted and sintered into a dense structure....... The study focusses on the temperature dependent dynamical morphology of the NiO/YSZ and on the possible influence of YSZ on the NiO reduction....... and finally reduced during start-up of the SOFC/SOEC in H2 at the operating temperature of the cell (ca. 800 °C). This contribution presents environmental transmission electron microscopy (ETEM) nanoscale observations of the reduction process of a NiO/YSZ powder in H2 at temperatures up to almost 1000 °C...

  20. Materials Properties Database for Selection of High-Temperature Alloys and Concepts of Alloy Design for SOFC Applications

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    Yang, Z Gary; Paxton, Dean M.; Weil, K. Scott; Stevenson, Jeffry W.; Singh, Prabhakar

    2002-11-24

    To serve as an interconnect / gas separator in an SOFC stack, an alloy should demonstrate the ability to provide (i) bulk and surface stability against oxidation and corrosion during prolonged exposure to the fuel cell environment, (ii) thermal expansion compatibility with the other stack components, (iii) chemical compatibility with adjacent stack components, (iv) high electrical conductivity of the surface reaction products, (v) mechanical reliability and durability at cell exposure conditions, (vii) good manufacturability, processability and fabricability, and (viii) cost effectiveness. As the first step of this approach, a composition and property database was compiled for high temperature alloys in order to assist in determining which alloys offer the most promise for SOFC interconnect applications in terms of oxidation and corrosion resistance. The high temperature alloys of interest included Ni-, Fe-, Co-base superal

  1. Electrical Resistance Measurements and Microstructural Characterization of the Anode/Interconnect Contact in Simulated Anode-Side SOFC Conditions

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    Harthøj, Anders; Alimadadi, Hossein; Holt, Tobias

    2015-01-01

    in phase transformation of the steel and in formation of oxides with a poor electrical conductivity in the anode. In this study, the area specific resistance (ASR) of the steel Crofer 22 APU, in contact with a Ni/YSZ anode with and without a tape casted CeO2 barrier layer was measured in simulated SOFC....... The zone is austenitic at the exposure temperature but transforms to ferrite during cooling. When a CeO2 nickel diffusion barrier layer was used The ASR was considerably higher. These results imply that nickel diffusion is not only detrimental: It leads to microstructural instability but also results......Metallic interconnects in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stacks are often in direct contact with a nickel/yttria stabilized zirconia (Ni/YSZ) cermet anode. Interdiffusion between the two components may occur at the operating temperature of 700–850◦C. The alteration of chemical composition can result...

  2. Recent Progress in Development and Manufacturing of SOFC at Topsoe Fuel Cell A/S and Risø DTU

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    Christiansen, Niels; Holm-Larsen, Helge; Primdahl, Søren;

    2011-01-01

    effort is directed towards improvement of current generations as well as development of the next generation SOFC technology. The innovative concept of the next generation, aiming at improved reliability and robustness, is based on metal-supported cells and nano-structured electrodes with perspectives......The SOFC development at Topsoe Fuel Cell A/S (TOFC) and Risø DTU is based on a R&D consortium which includes material development and manufacturing of materials, cells and stacks with metallic interconnects focussing on high electrochemical performance, durability and robustness. A significant...... of several potential advantages over conventional Ni-YSZ anode supported cells. Recently, record-breaking results have been obtained on cell level as well as on stack level. The collaboration has the objective to effectively transfer scientific results to industrial technology up-scaling and application...

  3. Impedance of SOFC electrodes: A review and a comprehensive case study on the impedance of LSM:YSZ cathodes

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    Nielsen, Jimmi; Hjelm, Johan

    2014-01-01

    It was shown through a comprehensive impedance spectroscopy study that the impedance of the classic composite LSM:YSZ (lanthanum strontium manganite and yttria stabilized zirconia) solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) cathode can be described well with porous electrode theory. Furthermore, it was illustr......It was shown through a comprehensive impedance spectroscopy study that the impedance of the classic composite LSM:YSZ (lanthanum strontium manganite and yttria stabilized zirconia) solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) cathode can be described well with porous electrode theory. Furthermore...... acquired in the very broad temperature range of 200–900°C for complete elucidation of the impedance. All impedance spectra were analyzed in terms of porous electrode theory. Physical materials parameters were extracted from the analysis, which were in excellent accordance with literature values. Valuable...

  4. Development of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC). Third semi-annual progress report August 1991-January 1992

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    Huijsmans, J.P.P.; Van Heuveln, F.H.; Van Berkel, F.P.F.

    1992-06-01

    The Netherlands Energy Research Foundation (ECN) is carrying out the title cooperative research programme, sponsored by the Committee of the European Communities (CEC) JOULE programme. Partners in the programme are Siemens AG (Germany), ECN, Imperial College (UK), and GEC Alsthom (UK). ECN will develop and investigate materials manufacturing procedures and will test alternative cell concepts. Activities of ECN include electrode powder fabrication, development of ceramic components, development of metal separator plate, physico-chemical characterization, chemical interface problems between ceramic components, materials testing, and proof-of principle of 3 Watt (50x50 mm{sup 2}) and 10 Watt (100x100 mm{sup 2}) level SOFC`s. 4 figs., 11 refs.

  5. Infiltration of SOFC Stacks: Evaluation of the Electrochemical Performance Enhancement and the Underlying Changes in the Microstructure

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    Kiebach, Wolff-Ragnar; Zielke, Philipp; Høgh, Jens Valdemar Thorvald;

    2016-01-01

    Experimental SOFC stacks with 10 SOFCs (LSM-YSZ/YSZ/Ni-YSZ) were infiltrated with CGO and Ni-CGO on the air and fuel side, respectively in an attempt to counter degradation and improve the output. The electrochemical performance of each cell was characterized (i) before infiltration, (ii) after...... infiltration on the cathode side, and (iii) after the infiltration of the anode side. A significant performance enhancement was observed after the infiltration with CGO on the cathode, while the infiltration of the anode side with Ni-CGO had no significant effect on the electrochemical performance. After...... testing the cells were characterized by SEM and TEM/EELS. A thin layer of CGO nanoparticles around the LSM-YSZ back bone structure was found after infiltration. On the anode side nano sized Ni particles were found embedded in a CGO layer formed around the Ni-YSZ structure. EELS analysis showed...

  6. Shape distortion and thermo-mechanical properties of dense SOFC components from green tape to sintered body

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    Teocoli, Francesca; Esposito, Vincenzo; Ni, De Wei;

    . The characterization of thermo-mechanical properties, such as viscoelasticity, enables a prediction of microstructural stability of SOFCs. Tape-cast bi-layer structures for CGO/YSZ and CGO/ScYSZ was studied during the thermal processing. Different sintering kinetics of bi-layer tape give rise to localized tensile...... stresses, which develop a camber in the final sintered body. To analyze the phenomena, shrinkage of SOFC components single layers and camber development of bi-layers were measured in-situ by optical dilatometry. In addition, a thoughtful investigation of the viscoelastic properties of individual layers...... was carried out by thermo-mechanical analysis (TMA). The results from the different techniques were found complementary and viscous behavior of the layered ceramics was verified....

  7. Three-Dimensional Simulation of SOFC Anode Polarization Characteristics Based on Sub-Grid Scale Modeling of Microstructure

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    2012-01-01

    Three-dimensional numerical analysis of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anode polarization is conducted with a microstructure obtained by a focused ion beam and scanning electron microscope (FIB-SEM). Electronic, ionic and gaseous transports with electrochemical reaction are considered in the porous anode. A sub-grid scale (SGS) model is newly developed and effectively used to consider the structural information whose characteristic scale is smaller than calculation grid size. The proposed SGS m...

  8. Modeling SOFC Based on Improved RBFNN Identification%基于改进RBFNN的SOFC辨识建模

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    霍海波; 刘雨青; 吴燕翔; 杨琛; 张海刚

    2009-01-01

    According to the drawbacks of the existed mathematic models, which are too complicated to meet the design demand of SOFC control system, a nonlinear model based on a kind of improved RBF neural network (RBFNN)identification technique is presented. The fuel utilization of the SOFC is taken as the input, the voltage and current density as the outputs of the neural network model. With 800 groups of experimental data as the training samples, a cell voltage and current density identification model of the SOFC is established. The simulation results show the validity and accuracy of the model. Furthermore, based on this RBFNN identification model, some advanced control schemes can be developed.%针对现有的固体氧化物燃料电池(SOFC)模型过于复杂,难以满足控制系统的设计需要的弊端,基于一种改进的径向基函数神经网络(RBFNN)辨识技术建立了SOFC的非线性模型.在建模过程中,以SOFC的燃料利用率为模型的输入,电压和电流为模型输出.利用800组实验数据作为训练样本,建立了SOFC的电流-电压辨识模型.仿真结果表明了所建模型的有效性和精度.该模型的建立为先进的控制策略研究奠定了基础.

  9. SOFC fuel cells between 250 kW{sub e}l and 10 MW{sub e}l; SOFC-Brennstofzellen im Leistungsbereich zwischen 250 kW{sub e}l und 10 MW{sub e}l

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    Cirkel, H.-J.

    2001-07-01

    The design and function of a tubular SOFC generator are described which will be used in decentralized power supply systems. The performance so far of the demonstration plants at Arnheim, Netherlands (110 kW) and Irvine, California (hybrid system with micro-turbine) is presented. [German] Beschrieben wird der Aufbau und die Funktionsweise eines tubularen SOFC-Generators. Das Haupteinsatzgebiet der SOFC wird in der dezentralen Energieerzeugung gesehen. Es werden Betriebserfahrungen mit den Demonstrationsanlagen in Arnheim (Niederlande, 110 kW-Anlage) und Irvine (Kalifornien, Hybridanlage mit Mikroturbine) vorgestellt.

  10. Predicting the ultimate potential of natural gas SOFC power cycles with CO2 capture - Part A: Methodology and reference cases

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    Campanari, Stefano; Mastropasqua, Luca; Gazzani, Matteo; Chiesa, Paolo; Romano, Matteo C.

    2016-08-01

    Driven by the search for the highest theoretical efficiency, in the latest years several studies investigated the integration of high temperature fuel cells in natural gas fired power plants, where fuel cells are integrated with simple or modified Brayton cycles and/or with additional bottoming cycles, and CO2 can be separated via chemical or physical separation, oxy-combustion and cryogenic methods. Focusing on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) and following a comprehensive review and analysis of possible plant configurations, this work investigates their theoretical potential efficiency and proposes two ultra-high efficiency plant configurations based on advanced intermediate-temperature SOFCs integrated with a steam turbine or gas turbine cycle. The SOFC works at atmospheric or pressurized conditions and the resulting power plant exceeds 78% LHV efficiency without CO2 capture (as discussed in part A of the work) and 70% LHV efficiency with substantial CO2 capture (part B). The power plants are simulated at the 100 MW scale with a complete set of realistic assumptions about fuel cell (FC) performance, plant components and auxiliaries, presenting detailed energy and material balances together with a second law analysis.

  11. Experimental Study of the Aging and Self-Healing of Glass/Ceramic Sealant Used in SOFCs

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    Liu, Wenning N.; Sun, Xin; Koeppel, Brian J.; Khaleel, Mohammad A.

    2010-01-01

    High operating temperatures of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) require that sealant must function at a high temperature between 600oC and 900oC and in the oxidizing and reducing environments of fuel and air. This paper describes tests to investigate the temporal evolution of the volume fraction of ceramic phases, the evolution of micro-damage, and the self-healing behavior of the glass ceramic sealant used in SOFCs. It was found that after the initial sintering process, further crystallization of the glass ceramic sealant does not stop, but slows down and reduces the residual glass content while boosting the ceramic crystalline content. Under the long-term operating environment, distinct fibrous and needle-like crystals in the amorphous phase disappeared, and smeared/diffused phase boundaries between the glass phase and ceramic phase were observed. Meanwhile, the micro-damage was induced by the cooling-down process from the operating temperature to the room temperature, which can potentially degrade the mechanical properties of the glass/ceramic sealant. The glass/ceramic sealant self-healed upon reheating to the SOFC operating temperature, which can restore the mechanical performance of the glass/ceramic sealant.

  12. The modeling and simulation of thermal based modified solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC for grid-connected systems

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    Ayetül Gelen

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a thermal based modified dynamic model of a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC for grid-connected systems. The proposed fuel cell model involves ohmic, activation and concentration voltage losses, thermal dynamics, methanol reformer, fuel utilization factor and power limiting module. A power conditioning unit (PCU, which consists of a DC-DC boost converter and a DC-AC voltage-source inverter (VSI, their controller, transformer and filter, is designed for grid-connected systems. The voltage-source inverter with six Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT switches inverts the DC voltage that comes from the converter into a sinusoidal voltage synchronized with the grid. The simulations and modeling of the system are developed on Matlab/Simulink environment. The performance of SOFC with converter is examined under step and random load conditions. The simulation results show that the designed boost converter for the proposed thermal based modified SOFC model has fairly followed different DC load variations. Finally, the AC bus of 400 Volt and 50 Hz is connected to a single-machine infinite bus (SMIB through a transmission line. The real and reactive power managements of the inverter are analyzed by an infinite bus system. Thus, the desired nominal values are properly obtained by means of the inverter controller.

  13. Using Simulink Simulation to Evaluate Load Following Characteristics of SOFC Generator with Heat Exchanger Considering Heat Balance

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    Tuyen, Nguyen Duc; Fujita, Goro; Yokoyama, Ryuichi; Koyanagi, Kaoru; Funabashi, Toshihisa; Nomura, Masakatsu

    That ever increasing electricity consumption, progress in power deregulation, and rising public awareness for environment have created more interest in fuel cell distributed generation. Among different types of fuel cells, solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) manifest themselves as great potential applications due to many advantages such as low emission, high efficiency, and high power rating. On the other hand, SOFC systems are beneficial because they can convert fuel such as natural gas (almost CH4) which is supplied by widespread systems in many countries into electricity efficiently using internal reforming. In facts, the load demand changes flexibly and fuel cell life time decreases by rapid thermal change. Its lifetime may be extended by maintaining in appropriate temperature. Therefore, it is important to acquire the load following performance as well as control of operation temperature. This paper addresses components of the simple SOFC power unit model with heat exchanger (HX) included. Typical dynamical submodels are used to follow the variation of load demand at a local location that considers temperature characteristics using the Matlab-SIMULINK program.

  14. High temperature electrolyte supported Ni-GDC/YSZ/LSM SOFC operation on two-stage Viking gasifier product gas

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    Hofmann, Ph.; Schweiger, A.; Fryda, L.; Panopoulos, K. D.; Hohenwarter, U.; Bentzen, J. D.; Ouweltjes, J. P.; Ahrenfeldt, J.; Henriksen, U.; Kakaras, E.

    This paper presents the results from a 150 h test of a commercial high temperature single planar solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) operating on wood gas from the Viking two-stage fixed-bed downdraft gasifier, which produces an almost tar-free gas, that was further cleaned for particulates, sulphur and tar traces. The chosen SOFC was electrolyte supported with a nickel/gadolinium-doped cerium oxide (Ni-GDC) anode, known for its carbon deposition resistance. Through humidification the steam to carbon ratio (S/C) was adjusted to 0.5, which results in a thermodynamically carbon free condition at the SOFC operating temperature T = 850 °C. The cell operated with a fuel utilisation factor (U f) around 30% and a current density of 260 mA cm -2 resulting in an average power density of 207 mW cm -2. Throughout the duration of the test, only a minor cell overpotential increase of 10 mV was observed. Nevertheless, the V- j (voltage-current density) curves on H 2/N 2 before and after the wood gas test proved identical. Extensive SEM/EDS examination of the cell's anode showed that there was neither carbon deposition nor significant shifts in the anode microstructure or contamination when compared to an identical cell tested on H 2/N 2 only.

  15. A Detailed One Dimensional Finite-Volume Simulation Model of a Tubular SOFC and a Pre-Reformer

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    Laura Vanoli

    2007-09-01

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    In this paper, a detailed model of a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC tube, equipped with a tube-and-shell pre-reformer unit, is presented. Both SOFC tube and pre-reformer are discretized along their axes. Detailed models of the kinetics of the shift and reforming reactions are introduced. Energy, mole and mass balances are performed for each slice of the components under investigation, allowing the calculation of temperature profiles. Friction factors and heat exchange coefficients are calculated by means of experimental correlations. Detailed models are also introduced in order to evaluate SOFC overvoltages. On the basis of this model, temperatures, pressures, chemical compositions and electrical parameters are evaluated for each slice of the two components under investigation. Finally, the influence of the most important design parameters on the performance of the system is investigated.

    • An initial version of this paper was published in July of
      2006 in the proceedings of ECOS’06, Aghia Pelagia,
      Crete, Greece. 

  16. Effect of SOFC Interconnect-Coating Interactions on Coating Properties and Performance

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    Jeffrey W. Fergus

    2012-09-05

    The high operating temperature of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) provides good fuel flexibility which expands potential applications, but also creates materials challenges. One such challenge is the interconnect material, which was the focus of this project. In particular, the objective of the project was to understand the interaction between the interconnect alloy and ceramic coatings which are needed to minimize chromium volatilization and the associated chromium poisoning of the SOFC cathode. This project focused on coatings based on manganese cobalt oxide spinel phases (Mn,Co)3O4, which have been shown to be effective as coatings for ferritic stainless steel alloys. Analysis of diffusion couples was used to develop a model to describe the interaction between (Mn,Co)3O4 and Cr2O3 in which a two-layer reaction zone is formed. Both layers form the spinel structure, but the concentration gradients at the interface appear like a two-phase boundary suggesting that a miscibility gap is present in the spinel solid solution. A high-chromium spinel layer forms in contact with Cr2O3 and grows by diffusion of manganese and cobalt from the coating material to the Cr2O3. The effect of coating composition, including the addition of dopants, was evaluated and indicated that the reaction rate could be decreased with additions of iron, titanium, nickel and copper. Diffusion couples using stainless steel alloys (which form a chromia scale) had some similarities and some differences as compared to those with Cr2O3. The most notable difference was that the high-chromium spinel layer did not form in the diffusion couples with stainless steel alloys. This difference can be explained using the reaction model developed in this project. In particular, the chromia scale grows at the expense of the alloy, the high-chromia layer grows at the expense of chromia scale and the high-chromia layer is consumed by diffusion of chromium into the coating material. If the last process (dissolution

  17. Long-term commitment of Japanese gas utilities to PAFCs and SOFCs

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    Matsumoto, Kiyokazu; Kasahara, Komei

    Tokyo Gas and Osaka Gas have been committed to addressing the energy- and environment-related issues of Japan through promotion of natural gas, an energy friendly to the environment. Being aware of the diversifying market needs (e.g. efficient energy utilization, rising demand for electricity, etc.), active efforts have been made in marketing gas-fired air-conditioning and co-generation systems. In this process, a high priority has also been placed on fuel cells, particularly for realizing their market introduction. Since their participation in the TARGET Program in USA in 1972, the two companies have been involved with the field testing and operation of phosphoric acid fuel cells (PAFCs), whose total capacity has amounted to 12.4 MW. The two companies have played a vital role in promoting and accelerating fuel cell development through the following means: (1) giving incentives to manufacturers through purchase of units and testing, (2) giving feedback on required specifications and technical problems in operation, and (3) verifying and realizing long-term operation utilizing their maintenance techniques. It has been expected that the primary goal of the cumulative operation time of 40 000 h shall be achieved in the near future. Work has also been in progress to develop SOFC. In the joint R&D of a 25-kW solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) with Westinghouse, the record operation time of 13 000 h has been achieved. Though still twice as much as the average price of competing equipment, the commercialization of PAFCs is close at hand. By utilizing government spending and subsidies for field testing, work will be continued to verify reliability and durability of PAFCs installed at users' sites. These activities have been expected to contribute to realizing economically viable systems and enhance market introduction. The superlative advantages of fuel cells, particularly their environment-friendly qualities, should be best taken advantage of at an appropriate time. In

  18. Investigation on Mg and Sc co-doped Ceria electrolyte for IT-SOFC

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    P.Ravi Chandran

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Nanocrystalline form of pure ceria (CeO2 and metal (Mg or Sc doped ceria was attempted for 10 mol %. Also, Mg and Sc co-doped ceria with Ce1-x(Mg0.5Sc0.5xO2 (x=0-0.24 was prepared as an electrolyte for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs by co-precipitation method. The synthesized different compositions of pure and doped nanocrystalline powders were then subjected to powder X-ray diffraction (XRD for phase and structural identification. All the nanocrystalline samples were found to be ceria based solid solutions of fluorite type structures. A.C. impedance spectroscopy measurements in the frequency range of 50Hz to 5MHz was carried out to study the grain, grain boundary and ionic conductivity of doped ceria samples in the temperature range of 400-600oC. The sample Ce0.84(Mg0.5Sc0.50.16O2 composition showed highest ionic conductivity i.e., 1.923 x 10-2 S/cm at 500oC. Its morphology and composition was investigated using scanning electron microscopic analysis (SEM and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS and conductivity behavior was compared with those of pure ceria and singly doped ceria electrolytes namely Ce0.9Mg0.1O2 and Ce0.9Sc0.1O2. The impedance analysis reveals that the sample Ce0.9Mg0.1O2 was found to have higher ionic conductivity compared to Ce0.9Sc0.1O2 in the temperature range of 400–600°C. The co-doped ceria showed a much higher conductivity in air at 500oC in comparison to that of singly doped ceria. Therefore, these co-doped ceria are also the more ideal electrolyte materials for IT-SOFCs. Nyquist plot shows the major contributions were due to the grain boundary resistance contributions which accounts for the higher ionic conductivity in case of the dopants. These dopant effect on the ceria is discussed in detail.

  19. Electro-catalytically Active, High Surface Area Cathodes for Low Temperature SOFCs

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    Eric D. Wachsman

    2006-09-30

    This research focused on developing low polarization (area specific resistance, ASR) cathodes for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs). In order to accomplish this we focused on two aspects of cathode development: (1) development of novel materials; and (2) developing the relationships between microstructure and electrochemical performance. The materials investigated ranged from Ag-bismuth oxide composites (which had the lowest reported ASR at the beginning of this contract) to a series of pyrochlore structured ruthenates (Bi{sub 2-x}M{sub x}Ru{sub 2}O{sub 7}, where M = Sr, Ca, Ag; Pb{sub 2}Ru{sub 2}O{sub 6.5}; and Y{sub 2-2x}Pr{sub 2x}Ru{sub 2}O{sub 7}), to composites of the pyrochlore ruthenates with bismuth oxide. To understand the role of microstructure on electrochemical performance, we optimized the Ag-bismuth oxide and the ruthenate-bismuth oxide composites in terms of both two-phase composition and particle size/microstructure. We further investigated the role of thickness and current collector on ASR. Finally, we investigated issues of stability and found the materials investigated did not form deleterious phases at the cathode/electrolyte interface. Further, we established the ability through particle size modification to limit microstructural decay, thus, enhancing stability. The resulting Ag-Bi{sub 0.8}Er{sub 0.2}O{sub 1.5} and Bi{sub 2}Ru{sub 2}O{sub 7{sup -}}Bi{sub 0.8}Er{sub 0.2}O{sub 1.5} composite cathodes had ASRs of 1.0 {Omega} cm{sup 2} and 0.73 {Omega}cm{sup 2} at 500 C and 0.048 {Omega}cm{sup 2} and 0.053 {Omega}cm{sup 2} at 650 C, respectively. These ASRs are truly impressive and makes them among the lowest IT-SOFC ASRs reported to date.

  20. 流延法制备SOFC NiO/YSZ阳极的研究%Study of NiO/YSZ anode for SOFC prepared by tape casting

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    乐士儒; 孙克宁; 徐峰; 安茂忠; 张乃庆; 朱晓东; 付强

    2008-01-01

    流延法制备了SOFC NiO/YSZ阳极,比较了NiO(微米级)和NiO(纳米级)两种NiO,发现由NiO(纳米级)制备的电池在800℃最大放电功率密度257.1mW/cm2,而由NiO(微米级)制备的电池相同条件下仅为124.9mW/cm2,原因在于NiO(纳米级)粒径小,制备的阳极三相反应区大.NiO(纳米级)经700℃煅烧后制备的电池最大功率密度增加到369.0mW/cm2,而 800℃和900℃煅烧时减少到169.5和159.0mW/cm2,因为700℃煅烧增加了NiO的活性,而800和900℃煅烧的NiO粒径增大到1.35μm,制备的阳极减小了反应活性区.YSZ在1200℃煅烧后,粒径从0.2μm增加到34μm,由于YSZ粒径远大于NiO,导致NiO之间接触不良,制备的电池性能下降到120.0mW/cm2,继续球磨12h后,YSZ粒径减小到0.70μm,NiO和YSZ之间分布均匀,制备的电池放电功率密度提高到447.9mW/cm2.

  1. Enhancement of SOFC Cathode Electrochemical Performance Using Multi-Phase Interfaces

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    Morgan, Dane [Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States)

    2015-09-30

    This work explored the use of oxide heterostructures for enhancing the catalytic and degradation properties of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) cathode electrodes. We focused on heterostructures of Ruddlesden-Popper and perovskite phases. Building on previous work showing enhancement of the Ruddlesden-Popper (La,Sr)2CoO4 / perovskite (La,Sr)CoO3 heterostructure compared to pure (La,Sr)CoO3 we explored the application of related heterostructures of Ruddlesden-Popper phases on perovskite (La,Sr)(Co,Fe)O3. Our approaches included thin-film electrodes, physical and electrochemical characterization, elementary reaction kinetics modeling, and ab initio simulations. We demonstrated that Sr segregation to surfaces is likely playing a critical role in the performance of (La,Sr)CoO3 and (La,Sr)(Co,Fe)O3 and that modification of this Sr segregation may be the mechanism by which Ruddlesden-Popper coatings enhance performances. We determined that (La,Sr)(Co,Fe)O3 could be enhanced in thin films by about 10× by forming a heterostructure simultaneously with (La,Sr)2CoO4 and (La,Sr)CoO3. We hope that future work will develop this heterostructure for use as a bulk porous electrode.

  2. Electrocatalysts the basis of nickel and iron supported YSZ and GDC for SOFC with direct reform

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    Fiuza, R.P.; Silva, M.A.; Boaventura, J.S. [Inst. de Quimica, Salvador (Brazil). Dept. de Fisico Quimica

    2009-07-01

    This study discussed the use of nickel-iron (Ni-Fe) supported yttria-stabilized zircon (YSZ) and GDC for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). The Pechina method was used to prepare the electrocatalysts, which were then calcined at 900 degrees C. Ethanol steam reforming at a molar ethanol-water ratio of 1:3 at temperatures ranging between 300 and 900 degrees C as well as at a fixed temperature of 650 degrees C. The catalysts were monitored continuously. Results of the study showed that ethanol conversion and selectivity of the Ni YSZ samples was 80 per cent, while the GDC sample was 30 per cent at temperatures of 900 degrees C. Ethanol conversion rates for the Ni-Fe YSZ sample was 95 per cent. The Ni-Fe sample also showed improved resistance to carbon formation with less than 10 per cent carbon deposition. It was concluded that the improved resistance to carbon deposits can be attributed to lower iron catalyst activity and the lower acid character of the iron electrocatalyst.

  3. Microstructural analysis of interfaces between lanthanum contained glass and two different electrolytes for SOFC applications

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    Kaur, G.; Pandey, O.P.; Singh, K. [School of Physics and Materials Science, Thapar University, Punjab (India)

    2012-10-15

    The diffusion couples of lanthanum based strontium borosilicate glass with two different (high and low temperature) electrolytes have been heat-treated at 850 and 800 C, respectively, for 5, 100, and 750 h to understand the mechanism of interface formation and growth. These prepared diffusion couples have been characterized using various techniques like X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray dot mapping, and electron probe microanalysis (EPMA). XRD revealed no detrimental phase formation. Other thermodynamic parameters like frequency factor, crystallization constants, free volume, and bulk thermal expansion coefficients have been calculated to understand the behavior of glass under the influence of temperature. These theoretical parameters will enable to understand the interfacial growth observed in heat-treated couple for its end application in SOFC. The observed results indicate that lanthanum containing glass exhibit stable and smooth interface with yttria-stabilized zirconia (high-temperature electrolyte) as compared to doped bismuth vanadate (low temperature electrolyte). (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  4. Study on Properties of LSGM Electrolyte Made by Tape Casting Method and Applications in SOFC

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    2006-01-01

    Solid oxide fuel cell is attracting more attention in recent years for its lower pollution emission and high energy convert efficiency. La0.9Sr0.1Ga0.8Mg0.2O3-δ is a new kind of electrolyte for intermediate temperature SOFC. In this paper, La0.9Sr0.1Ga0.8Mg0.2O3-δ (LSGM) was prepared by solid state reaction method and formed by tape casting process to make a planar electrolyte. The appropriate amount of the dispersive was obtained by viscosity test. The densities of sintered samples increase with the increasing sintering temperature. It was found that the relative density of electrolyte can approach the value of 95% by the isostatic pressing treatment of the green tape. The average thermal expansion coefficient of the LSGM is 11.4×10-6/℃ at temperature range (200~1200 ℃). Measurements of the current-voltage and power-current characteristics of the H2-Air cell show that the open-circuit voltage is 1.067 V at 800 ℃, peak current density is 0.56 A·cm-2 and the maximum power output is 0.147 W·cm-2.

  5. Bi-functionally Graded Electrode Supported SOFC Modeling and Computational Thermal Fluid Analysis for Experimental Design

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    Shi, J.; Xue, X.

    2011-01-01

    A comprehensive 3D CFD model is developed for a bi-electrode supported cell (BSC) SOFC. The model includes complicated transport phenomena of mass/heat transfer, charge (electron and ion) migration, and electrochemical reaction. The uniqueness of the modeling study is that functionally graded porous electrode property is taken into account, including not only linear but nonlinear porosity distributions. Extensive numerical analysis is performed to elucidate the effects of both porous microstructure distributions and operating condition on cell performance. Results indicate that cell performance is strongly dependent on both operating conditions and porous microstructure distributions of electrodes. Using the proposed fuel/gas feeding design, the uniform hydrogen distribution within porous anode is achieved; the oxygen distribution within the cathode is dependent on porous microstructure distributions as well as pressure loss conditions. Simulation results show that fairly uniform temperature distribution can be obtained with the proposed fuel/gas feeding design. The modeling results can be employed to guide experimental design of BSC test and provide pre-experimental analysis, as a result, to circumvent high cost associated with try-and-error experimental design and setup.

  6. Synthesis/design optimization of SOFC-PEM hybrid system under uncertainty

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    Lingjun Tan; Chen Yang; Nana Zhou

    2015-01-01

    Solid oxide fuel cell–proton exchange membrane (SOFC–PEM) hybrid system is being foreseen as a valuable alternative for power generation. As this hybrid system is a conceptual design, many uncertainties involving input values should be considered at the early stage of process optimization. We present in this paper a general-ized framework of multi-objective optimization under uncertainty for the synthesis/design optimization of the SOFC–PEM hybrid system. The framework is based on geometric, economic and electrochemical models and focuses on evaluating the effect of uncertainty in operating parameters on three conflicting objectives:electricity efficiency, SOFC current density and capital cost of system. The multi-objective optimization provides solutions in the form of a Pareto surface, with a range of possible synthesis/design solutions and a logical procedure for searching the global optimum solution for decision maker. Comparing the stochastic and deterministic Pareto surfaces of different objectives, we conclude that the objectives are considerably influenced by uncertainties because the two trade-off surfaces are different.

  7. Small Scale SOFC Demonstration Using Bio-Based and Fossil Fuels

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    Petrik, Michael [Technology Management Inc., Cleveland, OH (United States); Ruhl, Robert [Technology Management Inc., Cleveland, OH (United States)

    2012-05-01

    Technology Management, Inc. (TMI) of Cleveland, Ohio, has completed the project entitled Small Scale SOFC Demonstration using Bio-based and Fossil Fuels. Under this program, two 1-kW systems were engineered as technology demonstrators of an advanced technology that can operate on either traditional hydrocarbon fuels or renewable biofuels. The systems were demonstrated at Patterson's Fruit Farm of Chesterland, OH and were open to the public during the first quarter of 2012. As a result of the demonstration, TMI received quantitative feedback on operation of the systems as well as qualitative assessments from customers. Based on the test results, TMI believes that > 30% net electrical efficiency at 1 kW on both traditional and renewable fuels with a reasonable entry price is obtainable. The demonstration and analysis provide the confidence that a 1 kW entry-level system offers a viable value proposition, but additional modifications are warranted to reduce sound and increase reliability before full commercial acceptance.

  8. Electrochemical and microstructural characterization of cyclic redox behaviour of SOFC anodes

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    KONG Jiangrong; SUN Kening; ZHOU Derui; ZHANG Naiqing; QIAO Jinshuo

    2006-01-01

    The oxidation of Ni to NiO in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anode will result in large bulk volume change, which may change the interfaces of the two phases in the anode cermet and thus may cause significant performance degradation. The reduction and oxidation (redox) of the Ni/YSZ cermet were studied at 800 ℃. Anodic polarization measurements were performed before and after redox cycles. The anode current density at an overpotential of 100 mV kept decreasing during the whole redox treatment. It decreased from 19.11 to 7.95 mA·cm-2 after two redox cycles. Anode supported unit cell was assembled for cell's discharge measurements. Cell performance declined after each redox cycle. The maximum power density decreased from 126.28 to 40.32 mW·cm-2 . The microstructural changes after redox cycling were recorded using scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results reveal that after re-oxidation, the Ni gets coarse and has a higher porosity; the nickel network structure turns to be desultory.

  9. Southern California Edison (SCE) 220 kWe Pressurized SOFC Power System

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    Vora, Shailesh D. [Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation Science and Technology Center, 1310 Beulah Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15235 (United States)

    2000-07-01

    Siemens Westinghouse has designed, built, and factory tested a 220 kWe integrated power generation system consisting of a pressurized solid oxide fuel cell (PSOFC) module and a micro-turbine generator (MTG). This proof-of concept project is the world's first hybrid PSOFC/MTG power system. The system completed its Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) on April 7, 2000 at the Siemens Westinghouse facility in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The system will be installed at the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine. This proof-of-concept test is scheduled to begin in May, 2000. This system is sponsored by Edison International and the California Energy Commission. The MTG was fabricated by Ingersoll-Rand Energy Systems, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Development of the tubular solid oxide fuel cell technology by the Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory. In this paper the attributes of this system are described as well as the results of the FAT, and the path to commercialization of Siemens Westinghouse SOFC power systems. (author)

  10. Electrochemical characterization methods of the key materials for SOFC%SOFC关键材料电化学表征方法

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    樊丽权; 赵二庆; 高克卿; 熊岳平

    2013-01-01

    Solid oxide fuel cells(SOFCs)are the solid-state devices for generating electricity from the chemical energy. The effect of solid oxide materials on the performance of SOFC is especially important. From the influence of materials on electrochemical performance of SOFC,this paper summarizes electrochemical characterization methods for the composition materials of SOFC briefly based on the fundamentals of electro-chemistry and solid electrochemistry. Some research experience is also included in the paper,which can facilitate the further research of materials.%  固体氧化物燃料电池(SOFC)是全固态的化学发电装置,其构成材料固体氧化物对SOFC性能的影响尤为重要。本文从材料对SOFC电化学性能影响的视角出发,立足电化学、固体电化学的基本原理,概述了SOFC构成材料的电化学表征方法,并将一些研究积累赘述文中,希望有利于材料的进一步研究。

  11. Temperature field, H{sub 2} and H{sub 2}O mass transfer in SOFC single cell: Electrode and electrolyte thickness effects

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    Zitouni, Bariza; Moussa, Hocine Ben; Saighi, Slimane [Laboratoire d' etude des systemes energetiques industriels (LESEI), Universite de Batna, Batna (Algeria); Oulmi, Kafia [Laboratoire de chimie et de chimie de l' environnement, Universite de Batna, Batna (Algeria); Chetehouna, Khaled [Laboratoire Energetique Explosions Structures (LEES). ENSI, Bourges (France)

    2009-06-15

    The temperature increment in electrodes and electrolyte of a fuel cell is mainly attributed to the chemical reaction and the irreversibilities. The aim of this work is to study the increasing temperature of a SOFC single cell under the influence of the electrode and electrolyte thicknesses for its type of heat source. The hydrogen and water field are also discussed according to anode thickness. The results of a self-developed mathematical model show the increasing temperature in the solid side of SOFC; anode, electrolyte and cathode by heat source types ''Joule effect'' at the several geometric configurations of SOFC. The maximum temperature value is also discussed for several cathode thicknesses under the activation polarization effect. Moreover, mass transfer for both hydrogen and water is studied according to anode thickness. (author)

  12. Chemistry of SOFC Cathode Surfaces: Fundamental Investigation and Tailoring of Electronic Behavior

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    Yildiz, Bilge; Heski, Clemens

    2013-08-31

    1) Electron tunneling characteristics on La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (LSM) thin-film surfaces were studied up to 580oC in 10-3mbar oxygen pressure, using scanning tunneling microscopy/ spectroscopy (STM/STS). A threshold-like drop in the tunneling current was observed at positive bias in STS, which is interpreted as a unique indicator for the activation polarization in cation oxygen bonding on LSM cathodes. Sr-enrichment was found on the surface at high temperature using Auger electron spectroscopy, and was accompanied by a decrease in tunneling conductance in STS. This suggests that Sr-terminated surfaces are less active for electron transfer in oxygen reduction compared to Mn-terminated surfaces on LSM. 2) Effects of strain on the surface cation chemistry and the electronic structure are important to understand and control for attaining fast oxygen reduction kinetics on transition metal oxides. Here, we demonstrate and mechanistically interpret the strain coupling to Sr segregation, oxygen vacancy formation, and electronic structure on the surface of La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (LSM) thin films as a model system. Our experimental results from x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and scanning tunneling spectroscopy are discussed in light of our first principles-based calculations. A stronger Sr enrichment tendency and a more facile oxygen vacancy formation prevail for the tensile strained LSM surface. The electronic structure of the tensile strained LSM surface exhibits a larger band gap at room temperature, however, a higher tunneling conductance near the Fermi level than the compressively strained LSM at elevated temperatures in oxygen. Our findings suggest lattice strain as a key parameter to tune the reactivity of perovskite transition metal oxides with oxygen in solid oxide fuel cell cathodes. 3) Cation segregation on perovskite oxide surfaces affects vastly the oxygen reduction activity and stability of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) cathodes. A unified theory that explains the physical

  13. Determination of Electrochemical Performance and Thermo-Mechanical-Chemical Stability of SOFCs from Defect Modeling

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    Eric Wachsman; Keith L. Duncan

    2006-09-30

    This research was focused on two distinct but related issues. The first issue concerned using defect modeling to understand the relationship between point defect concentration and the electrochemical, thermo-chemical and mechano-chemical properties of typical solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) materials. The second concerned developing relationships between the microstructural features of SOFC materials and their electrochemical performance. To understand the role point defects play in ceramics, a coherent analytical framework was used to develop expressions for the dependence of thermal expansion and elastic modulus on point defect concentration in ceramics. These models, collectively termed the continuum-level electrochemical model (CLEM), were validated through fits to experimental data from electrical conductivity, I-V characteristics, elastic modulus and thermo-chemical expansion experiments for (nominally pure) ceria, gadolinia-doped ceria (GDC) and yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) with consistently good fits. The same values for the material constants were used in all of the fits, further validating our approach. As predicted by the continuum-level electrochemical model, the results reveal that the concentration of defects has a significant effect on the physical properties of ceramic materials and related devices. Specifically, for pure ceria and GDC, the elastic modulus decreased while the chemical expansion increased considerably in low partial pressures of oxygen. Conversely, the physical properties of YSZ remained insensitive to changes in oxygen partial pressure within the studied range. Again, the findings concurred exactly with the predictions of our analytical model. Indeed, further analysis of the results suggests that an increase in the point defect content weakens the attractive forces between atoms in fluorite-structured oxides. The reduction treatment effects on the flexural strength and the fracture toughness of pure ceria were also evaluated at

  14. Análise termodinâmica de um ciclo de potência com célula a combustível sofc e turbina a vapor = Thermodynamic analysis of a power cycle such as SOFC fuel cell and steam turbine

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    Alexandre Sordi

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste artigo foi realizar a análise termodinâmica de um sistema híbrido, SOFC / ST (célula a combustível tipo SOFC e turbina a vapor ST. O combustível considerado para a análise foi o gás metano (biogás produzido por meio da digestão anaeróbica de resíduos orgânicos. A metodologia utilizada foi o balanço de energia dosistema SOFC / ST, considerando a reforma interna do metano na célula a combustível, de forma a obter a sua eficiência elétrica. O resultado foi comparado a um ciclo combinado convencional de turbina a gás e turbina a vapor (GT / ST para potências entre 10 MW e 30MW. A eficiência do sistema híbrido SOFC / ST variou de 61% a 66% em relação ao poder calorífico do metano; e a eficiência do ciclo combinado GT / ST variou de 41% a 55% para o mesmo intervalo de potência. Para geração distribuída a célula a combustível SOFC é atecnologia mais eficiente.The objective of this article was to analyze the thermodynamic of ahybrid system, SOFC / ST (SOFC fuel cell and ST steam turbine. The fuel for the analysis was the gas methane (biogas produced through the anaerobic digestion of the organic residues. The utilized methodology was the energy balance of the system SOFC / ST,considering the internal reforming of methane in the fuel cell, in a way to obtain its electric effectiveness. The result was compared to a conventional combined cycle of gas turbine and steam turbine (GT / ST for powers between 10 MW and 30 MW. The efficiency of the hybrid system SOFC / ST varied from 61 to 66% in relation to the lower heating value of methane; and the efficiency of the combined cycle GT / ST varied from 41 to 55% within the same power interval. For distributed generation, the SOFC fuel cell is the most efficienttechnology.

  15. Comparison of conversion and deposit formation of ethanol and butane under SOFC conditions

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    Gupta, Gaurav K.; Dean, Anthony M.; Ahn, Kipyung; Gorte, Raymond J.

    This paper explores the gas-phase kinetics of butane and ethanol conversion as well as the propensity for molecular-weight growth and deposit formation in the non-catalytic regions of a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC). Experiments are done where the fuel flows through a quartz reactor heated by a furnace. The primary observables are the extent of fuel conversion and the amount of deposit formed on a YSZ disk placed at the end of the furnace. Experiments are performed at 700, 750 and 800 ° C. The residence times in the hot zone varied from 2 to 4 s. Ethanol is more reactive than butane, and almost all the ethanol is reacted at 750 ° C whereas butane is completely reacted at 800 ° C. Deposit formation is much larger for butane. These results are compared to predictions of a detailed kinetic model. Model predictions for the extent of fuel conversion and molecular-weight growth are in good agreement with the data for both fuels. Butane is predicted to be converted to the lighter hydrocarbons methane, ethylene, propylene and ethane. Hydrogen is also a significant product, especially at higher temperatures. For ethanol, the product distribution is different with lower amounts of hydrocarbons while substantial quantities of water, ethylene, CO and H 2 are predicted. In ethanol pyrolysis there is no significant production of species with more than two carbon atoms, whereas propylene production is significant in butane pyrolysis. Modeling results suggest this is a major reason for increased deposit formation with butane. Equilibrium calculations demonstrate that both the butane and ethanol systems are far removed from equilibrium.

  16. Manufacturing technology of AS-SOFC prepared with different commercially available precursors

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    Kawalec M.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Fuel cells are devices converting the chemical energy into the electrical energy and heat as result of the electrochemical reaction between gaseous fuel and a gas oxidant in flameless combustion process. Because of omission of thermo-mechanical steps that are present in any traditional energy conversion technology (e.g. gas turbine fuel cells show increased efficiency in comparison. Compact sizes and modular scalability predestines this technology for distributed energy generation including but not limited to renewable energy sources (e.g. wind, solar. Fuel cells technology also addresses other very important part of distributed renewable energy generation. Because of the unreliable energy production rates and the usual for renewable energy sources mismatch between energy supply and demand, some sort of energy storage is needed to store surplus of produced energy and release it when needed. Reversible fuel cells, that generate hydrogen from available surplus of energy and then generate energy from that stored fuel when needed are cheaper and more ecologically friendly alternative to usually used batteries. This technology is still under development, including research at IEn OC CEREL. In the early development of reversible fuel cells, new types of nickel oxide and porosity forming carbon was evaluated for this task. This work compares the electrical and mechanical parameters of SOFC manufactured with JT Backer NiO and Carbon Polska carbon with cells made from other commercially available materials. Based on evaluated quality, purity, availability and cost, following materials were selected for comparison: Novamet NiO, 99,9 % pure, grain size 1-2 µm and Aldrich carbon with parameters similar to graphite used previously. Preliminary tests show clear changes in the microstructural, mechanical and electrical parameters.

  17. Effect of Sintering Temperature and Applied Load on Anode-Supported Electrodes for SOFC Application

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    Xuan-Vien Nguyen

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available Anode-supported cells are prepared by a sequence of hot pressing and co-sintering processes for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC applications. Commercially available porous anode tape (NiO/YSZ = 50 wt %/50 wt %, anode tape (NiO/YSZ = 30 wt %/70 wt %, and YSZ are used as the anode substrate, anode functional layer, and electrolyte layer, respectively. After hot pressing, the stacked layers are then sintered at different temperatures (1250 °C, 1350 °C, 1400 °C and 1450 °C for 5 h in air. Different compressive loads are applied during the sintering process. An (La,SrMnO3 (LSM paste is coated on the post-sintered anode-supported electrolyte surface as the cathode, and sintered at different temperatures (1100 °C, 1150 °C, 1200 °C and 1250 °C for 2 h in air to generate anode-supported cells with dimensions of 60 × 60 mm2 (active reaction area of 50 × 50 mm2. SEM is used to investigate the anode structure of the anode-supported cells. In addition, confocal laser scanning microscopy is used to investigate the roughness of the cathode surfaces. At sintering temperatures of 1400 °C and 1450 °C, there is significant grain growth in the anode. Furthermore, the surface of the cathode is smoother at a firing temperature of 1200 °C. It is also found that the optimal compressive load of 1742 Pa led to a flatness of 168 µm/6 cm and a deformation of 0.72%. The open circuit voltage and power density of the anode-supported cell at 750 °C were 1.0 V and 178 mW·cm−2, respectively.

  18. High valence transition metal doped strontium ferrites for electrode materials in symmetrical SOFCs

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    Fernández-Ropero, A. J.; Porras-Vázquez, J. M.; Cabeza, A.; Slater, P. R.; Marrero-López, D.; Losilla, E. R.

    2014-03-01

    In this paper we report the successful incorporation of high valence transition metals, i.e. Cr, Mo, W, V, Nb, Ti, Zr into SrFeO3-δ perovskite materials, for potential applications as symmetric electrode materials for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells. It is observed that the doping leads to a change from an orthorhombic structure (with partial ordering of oxygen vacancies) to a cubic one (with the oxygen vacancies disordered). These electrodes are chemically compatibles with Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95 (CGO) and La0.8Sr0.2Ga0.8Mg0.2O3-δ (LSGM) electrolytes at least up to 1100 °C. Thermal annealing experiments in 5% H2-Ar at 800 °C also show the stability of the doped samples in reducing conditions, suggesting that they may be suitable for both cathode and anode applications. In contrast, reduction of undoped SrFeO3-δ leads to the observation of extra peaks indicating the formation of the brownmillerite structure with the associated oxygen vacancy ordering. The performance of these electrodes was examined on dense electrolyte pellets of CGO and LSGM in air and 5% H2-Ar. In both atmospheres an improvement in the area specific resistances (ASR) values is observed for the doped samples with respect to the parent compound. Thus, the results show that high valence transition metals can be incorporated into SrFeO3-δ-based materials and can have a beneficial effect on the electrochemical performance, making them potentially suitable for use as cathode and anode materials in symmetrical SOFC.

  19. Electrically conducting perovskites for SOFC and catalysis. Preparation characterization and testing

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    Gordes, P.

    1997-12-31

    Solid oxide fuel cells offer the possibility of high efficiency and low pollution energy source. A fuel cell converts chemical energy directly to electricity without combustion as an intermediate step. H{sub 2}, CO or hydrocarbons can be used as fuel gas. At present the main problems in developing a commercial SOFC are related to the air electrode and interconnect. Commercial air electrode and interconnect materials are still not on the market. This dissertation concerns the following main tasks: 1. A theoretical part on the co-optimization of electronic and catalytic properties of perovskites (ABO{sub 3}) where the A position is occupied by mixed rare earth or alkaline earth metal (Ca, Sr, Ba, La, etc) and the B position is occupied by a mixture of transition metals (Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cr, etc). 2. Optimization of the drip pyrolysis method and fabrication of high quality perovskite powders of selected compositions for further studies. This work involves a detailed characterization of powders prepared in terms of phase homogeneity, crystallite size, agglomeration, chemical composition etc. 3. Development of the necessary processing technology for fabrication of shaped samples with a closely controlled porosity and pore size distribution. This work involves development of a suitable shaping process (uniaxial pressing, extrusion, tape casting), and a detailed study of the phase evolution and densification properties of the powders as a function of temperature. 4. Characterization of the prepared perovskite components in terms of phase homogeneity, microstructure, as well as electrical and catalytic properties. 5. Recommendations for future work. (EG) 151 refs.

  20. Modeling of electrical characteristics of a SOFC stack%固体氢化物燃料电池电堆电特性的建模

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    马腾; 付常亮; 祝得治; 张瑞民; 李曦

    2011-01-01

    In order to trace the volatile load as quickly as possible, a control-oriented model which could represent the electrical characteristics of SOFC stack accurately was required. By analyzing the experimental data of the SOFC stack, an electrical coupling phenomenon was found. Based on this phenomenon, an electrical characteristics model of SOFC stack was developed, and then a modified genetic algorithm was used to identify the parameters of the model. The identification results show that the model represents the electrical characteristics of SOFC stack accurately, and demonstrates the model is reasonable. At the same time, the model lays a good foundation for precise control of the output power of the SOFC stack.%为了满足固体氧化物燃料电池(solid oxide fuel cell,SOFC)系统快速跟踪外部负载变化的要求,需要对SOFC电堆的输出功率进行合理的控制,因此建立一个面向控制的精确SOFC电堆数学模型来表征SOFC电堆的电特性就显得十分必要.通过对SOFC实验数据的分析发现SOFC电堆中单片电池存在电耦合现象,基于这种现象建立了一种SOFC电堆电特性的电耦合模型,然后设计出一种改进的遗传算法对其进行参数辨识,实验结果显示这种数学模型有较高辨识的精度,证明了该种模型的合理性,为SOFC电堆输出功率的精准调节奠定了良好的基础.

  1. Transport parameters of thin, supported cathode layers in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs); Transportparameter duenner, getraegerter Kathodenschichten der oxidkeramischen Brennstoffzelle

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    Wedershoven, Christian

    2010-12-22

    The aim of this work was to determine the transport properties of thin cathode layers, which are part of the composite layer of a fabricated anode-supported solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC). The transport properties of the anode and cathode have a significant influence on the electrochemical performance of a fuel cell stack and therefore represent an important parameter when designing fuel cell stacks. In order to determine the transport parameters of the cathode layers in a fabricated SOFC, it is necessary to permeate the thin cathode layer deposited on the gas-tight electrolyte with a defined gas transport. These thin cathode layers cannot be fabricated as mechanically stable single layers and cannot therefore be investigated in the diffusion and permeation experiments usually used to determine transport parameters. The setup of these experiments - particularly the sample holder - was therefore altered in this work. The result of this altered setup was a three-dimensional flow configuration. Compared to the conventional setup, it was no longer possible to describe the gas transport in the experiments with an analytical one-dimensional solution. A numerical solution process had to be used to evaluate the measurements. The new setup permitted a sufficiently symmetrical gas distribution and thus allowed the description of the transport to be reduced to a two-dimensional description, which significantly reduced the computational effort required to evaluate the measurements. For pressure-induced transport, a parametrized coherent expression of transport could be derived. This expression is equivalent to the analytical description of the transport in conventional measurement setups, with the exception of parameters that describe the geometry of the gas diffusion. In this case, a numerical process is not necessary for the evaluation. Using the transport parameters of mechanically stable anode substrates, which can be measured both in the old and the new setups, the old and

  2. Sealing Materials and Sealing Technologies of SOFC%SOFC封接材料和封接技术

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    韩敏芳; 王琦

    2006-01-01

    本文综述了国内外固体氧化物燃料电池(SOFC)用封接材料和封接技术的发展现状及趋势.指出各种封接方式的优缺点及其在不同国家、地区的发展情况.并根据SOFC的要求、技术特点以及我国的资源优势,提出合理有效的封接材料及封接方式,以促进SOFC在我国的发展.

  3. Research Progress of Preparing Solid Oxide Fuel Cell%固体氧化物燃料电池(SOFC)制备方法的研究进展

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    赵苏阳; 胡树兵; 郑扣松; 肖建中

    2006-01-01

    固体氧化物燃料电池(SOFC)是解决未来能源问题的一种重要的方法.而制备方法是SOFC研究的一个重要的方向.介绍了SOFC电极材料以及制备方法在国内外的研究进展,介绍了固体氧化物燃料电池(SOFC)的阳极、电解质、阴极的制备及几种合成方法以及所取得的成果.

  4. Status of worldwide SOFC stacks and systems development%国际固体氧化物燃料电池堆及系统

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    苏巴; 辛格尔

    2013-01-01

      为了实现固体氧化物燃料电池(SOFC)的广泛应用,世界上许多公司正在致力于SOFC的开发、制造和商业化研究。本文回顾和讨论了SOFC领域的相关发展现状。%Many companies worldwide are pursuing the development,manufacturing and commercializa-tion of the solid oxide fuel cell(SOFC)technology for power generation for a variety of applications. This paper reviews and discusses the status of such development.

  5. Gd0.6Sr0.4Fe0.8Co0.2O3-δ: A novel type of SOFC cathode

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    Kammer Hansen, Kent; Søgaard, Martin; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg

    2007-01-01

    The fabrication and electrochemical activity of a type of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) cathode is described in this paper. In search of new cathodes a Gd0.6Sr0.4Fe0.8Co0.2O3-delta compound was synthesized using the glycine-nitrate method. It turned out that this was a two-phase compound consisting......, indicating that the unique microstructure of this type of cathode is essential for achieving high electrochemical activity toward the reduction of oxygen in a SOFC....

  6. Development of an autonomous transportable SOFC system operating on C-based fuel. The lilith system; Development of an autonomous transportable SOFC system operating on C-based fuel. The lilith system. Schlussbericht

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    Bucheli, O.; Ihringer, R.; Diethelm, S.

    2006-07-01

    The aim of the project is to adapt a prototype portable SOFC system to the requirements of demonstrator for educational institutions as niche market. This involves on the one hand stable operation of the unit with reformed fuels, on the other hand the integration and control of auxiliaries such as fan and visualization. The result is aimed to be a practical communication vector, letting people touch SOFC technology. As intended, 2 redesigned systems have been realised and mounted. While design simplification allowed an easier construction of the units, more technical challenges than anticipated were encountered on the level of thermal management. The re-designed thermal system did not improve the thermal management to the level expected. Heat transfer to the stack chamber was on the lower limit, leading to rather high exhaust temperatures and also affected stack performance and robustness. Reforming of methanol worked to satisfaction on the short term, long-term data have not been obtained to date. Electronic controls, visualisation and auxiliaries have been elaborated based on the given specifications, but could not be validated on the complete system within the project time-frame. After a major personnel change within HTceramix, it is intended to pursue the activity next year with a new team. (author)

  7. High temperature electrolyte supported Ni-GDC/YSZ/LSM SOFC operation on two-stage Viking gasifier product gas

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    Hofmann, P.; Schweiger, A.; Fryda, L.

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents the results from a 150 h test of a commercial high temperature single planar solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) operating on wood gas from the Viking two-stage fixed-bed downdraft gasifier, which produces an almost tar-free gas, that was further cleaned for particulates, sulphur...... at the SOFC operating temperature T = 850 degrees C. The cell operated with a fuel utilisation factor (U-f) around 30% and a current density of 260 mA cm(-2) resulting in an average power density of 207 mW cm(-2). Throughout the duration of the test, only a minor cell overpotential increase of 10 m......V was observed. Nevertheless, the V-j (voltage-current density) curves on H-2/N-2 before and after the wood gas test proved identical. Extensive SEM/EDS examination of the cell's anode showed that there was neither carbon deposition nor significant shifts in the anode microstructure or contamination when...

  8. JV Task 46 - Development and Testing of a Thermally Integrated SOFC-Gasification System for Biomass Power Generation

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    Phillip Hutton; Nikhil Patel; Kyle Martin; Devinder Singh

    2008-02-01

    The Energy & Environmental Research Center has designed a biomass power system using a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) thermally integrated with a downdraft gasifier. In this system, the high-temperature effluent from the SOFC enables the operation of a substoichiometric air downdraft gasifier at an elevated temperature (1000 C). At this temperature, moisture in the biomass acts as an essential carbon-gasifying medium, reducing the equivalence ratio at which the gasifier can operate with complete carbon conversion. Calculations show gross conversion efficiencies up to 45% (higher heating value) for biomass moisture levels up to 40% (wt basis). Experimental work on a bench-scale gasifier demonstrated increased tar cracking within the gasifier and increased energy density of the resultant syngas. A series of experiments on wood chips demonstrated tar output in the range of 9.9 and 234 mg/m{sup 3}. Both button cells and a 100-watt stack was tested on syngas from the gasifier. Both achieved steady-state operation with a 22% and 15% drop in performance, respectively, relative to pure hydrogen. In addition, tar tolerance testing on button cells demonstrated an upper limit of tar tolerance of approximately 1%, well above the tar output of the gasifier. The predicted system efficiency was revised down to 33% gross and 27% net system efficiency because of the results of the gasifier and fuel cell experiments. These results demonstrate the feasibility and benefits of thermally integrating a gasifier and a high-temperature fuel cell in small distributed power systems.

  9. A Design of Experiments (DOE) approach to optimise temperature measurement accuracy in Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC)

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    Barari, F.; Morgan, R.; Barnard, P.

    2014-11-01

    In SOFC, accurately measuring the hot-gas temperature is challenging due to low gas velocity, high wall temperature, complex flow geometries and relatively small pipe diameter. Improper use of low cost thermometry system such as standard Type K thermocouples (TC) may introduce large measurement error. The error could have a negative effect on the thermal management of the SOFC systems and consequential reduction in efficiency. In order to study the factors affecting the accuracy of the temperature measurement system, a mathematical model of a TC inside a pipe was defined and numerically solved. The model calculated the difference between the actual and the measured gas temperature inside the pipe. A statistical Design of Experiment (DOE) approach was applied to the modelling data to compute the interaction effect between variables and investigate the significance of each variable on the measurement errors. In this study a full factorial DOE design with six variables (wall temperature, gas temperature, TC length, TC diameter and TC emissivity) at two levels was carried out. Four different scenarios, two sets of TC length (6 - 10.5 mm and 17 - 22 mm) and two different sets of temperature range (550 - 650 °C and 750 - 850 °C), were proposed. DOE analysis was done for each scenario and results were compared to identify key parameters affecting the accuracy of a particular temperature reading.

  10. On the nanostructuring and catalytic promotion of intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cell (IT-SOFC) cathodes

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    Serra, José M.; Buchkremer, Hans-Peter

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are highly efficient energy converters for both stationary and mobile purposes. However, their market introduction still demands the reduction of manufacture costs and one possible way to reach this goal is the decrease of the operating temperatures, which entails the improvement of the cathode electrocatalytic properties. An ideal cathode material may have mixed ionic and electronic conductivity as well as proper catalytic properties. Nanostructuring and catalytic promotion of mixed conducting perovskites (e.g. La 0.58Sr 0.4Fe 0.8Co 0.2O 3- δ) seem to be promising approaches to overcoming cathode polarization problems and are briefly illustrated here. The preparation of nanostructured cathodes with relatively high surface area and enough thermal stability enables to improve the oxygen exchange rate and therefore the overall SOFC performance. A similar effect was obtained by catalytic promoting the perovskite surface, allowing decoupling the catalytic and ionic-transport properties in the cathode design. Noble metal incorporation may improve the reversibility of the reduction cycles involved in the oxygen reduction. Under the cathode oxidizing conditions, Pd seems to be partially dissolved in the perovskite structure and as a result very well dispersed.

  11. Influence of Electrode Design and Contacting Layers on Performance of Electrolyte Supported SOFC/SOEC Single Cells

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    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available The solid oxide cell is a basis for highly efficient and reversible electrochemical energy conversion. A single cell based on a planar electrolyte substrate as support (ESC is often utilized for SOFC/SOEC stack manufacturing and fulfills necessary requirements for application in small, medium and large scale fuel cell and electrolysis systems. Thickness of the electrolyte substrate, and its ionic conductivity limits the power density of the ESC. To improve the performance of this cell type in SOFC/SOEC mode, alternative fuel electrodes, on the basis of Ni/CGO as well as electrolytes with reduced thickness, have been applied. Furthermore, different interlayers on the air side have been tested to avoid the electrode delamination and to reduce the cell degradation in electrolysis mode. Finally, the influence of the contacting layer on cell performance, especially for cells with an ultrathin electrolyte and thin electrode layers, has been investigated. It has been found that Ni/CGO outperform traditional Ni/8YSZ electrodes and the introduction of a ScSZ interlayer substantially reduces the degradation rate of ESC in electrolysis mode. Furthermore, it was demonstrated that, for thin electrodes, the application of contacting layers with good conductivity and adhesion to current collectors improves performance significantly.

  12. Modelling of pressurised hybrid systems based on integrated planar solid oxide fuel cell (IP-SOFC) technology

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    Magistri, L.; Traverso, A.; Massardo, A.F. [TPG-DIMSET, University of Genoa, Via Montallegro 1, 16145 Genova (Italy); Cerutti, F.; Costamagna, P. [TPG-DICHEP, University of Genoa, Via Opera Pia 15, 16145 Genova (Italy); Bozzolo, M. [Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems Ltd, PO Box 31, Derby DE24 8BJ (United Kingdom)

    2005-02-01

    This work describes different models, developed by the Thermochemical Power Group at the University of Genoa (Italy), for the simulation of solid oxide fuel cell and gas turbine hybrid systems. The paper focuses on both ''cores'' of the system: the fuel cell stack on the one hand and the turbomachinery and the auxiliaries on the other hand. Therefore, in the first part of the paper the models developed for the analysis of the Rolls-Royce Integrated Planar SOFC cells are presented; the results are compared to experimental data, and carefully analysed and discussed. In the second part of the paper, design and off design models of IP-SOFC pressurised hybrid systems in the range 250 kW-20 MW are presented; the hybrid performance results are presented and discussed, also taking ambient condition effects and a possible control strategy into account. Finally, using an in-house general purpose transient system analysis code (TRANSEO code), where chemical composition, heat transfer, and fluid dynamic influences vs. time are considered in detail, a preliminary time dependent investigation of a pressurised hybrid system behaviour is presented. (Abstract Copyright [2005], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  13. Direct reforming of biogas on Ni-based SOFC anodes: Modelling of heterogeneous reactions and validation with experiments

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    Santarelli, Massimo; Quesito, Francesco; Novaresio, Valerio; Guerra, Cosimo; Lanzini, Andrea; Beretta, Davide

    2013-11-01

    This work focuses on the heterogeneous reactions taking place in a tubular anode-supported solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) when the designated fuel is biogas from anaerobic digestion directly feeding the fuel cell. Operational maps of the fuel cell running on direct reforming of biogas were first obtained. Hence a mathematical model incorporating the kinetics of reforming reactions on Ni catalyst was used to predict the gas composition profile along the fuel channel. The model was validated against experimental data based on polarization curves. Also, the anode off-gas composition was collected and analyzed through a gas chromatograph. Finally, the model has been used to predict and analyze the gas composition change along the anode channel to evaluate effectiveness of the direct steam reforming when varying cell temperature, inlet fuel composition and the type of reforming process. The simulations results confirmed that thermodynamic-equilibrium conditions are not fully achieved inside the anode channel. It also outlines that a direct biogas utilization in an anode-supported SOFC is able to provide good performance and to ensure a good conversion of the methane even though when the cell temperature is far from the nominal value.

  14. Development of a Low Cost 10kW Tubular SOFC Power System

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    Bessette, Norman [Acumentrics Corporation, Westwood, MA (United States); Litka, Anthony [Acumentrics Corporation, Westwood, MA (United States); Rawson, Jolyon [Acumentrics Corporation, Westwood, MA (United States); Schmidt, Douglas [Acumentrics Corporation, Westwood, MA (United States)

    2013-06-06

    The DOE program funded from 2003 through early 2013 has brought the Acumentrics SOFC program from an early stage R&D program to an entry level commercial product offering. The development work started as one of the main core teams under the DOE Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA) program administered by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) of the DOE. During the first phase of the program, lasting approximately 3-4 years, a 5kW machine was designed, manufactured and tested against the specification developed by NETL. This unit was also shipped to NETL for independent verification testing which validated all of the results achieved while in the laboratory at Acumentrics. The Acumentrics unit passed all criteria established from operational stability, efficiency, and cost projections. Passing of the SECA Phase I test allowed the program to move into Phase II of the program. During this phase, the overall objective was to further refine the unit meeting a higher level of performance stability as well as further cost reductions. During the first year of this new phase, the NETL SECA program was refocused towards larger size units and operation on coal gasification due to the severe rise in natural gas prices and refocus on the US supply of indigenous coal. At this point, the program was shifted to the U.S. DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) division located in Golden, Colorado. With this shift, the focus remained on smaller power units operational on gaseous fuels for a variety of applications including micro combined heat and power (mCHP). To achieve this goal, further enhancements in power, life expectancy and reductions in cost were necessary. The past 5 years have achieved these goals with machines that can now achieve over 40% electrical efficiency and field units that have now operated for close to a year and a half with minimal maintenance. The following report details not only the first phase while under the SECA program

  15. High performance ceria-bismuth bilayer electrolyte low temperature solid oxide fuel cells (LT-SOFCs) fabricated by combining co-pressing with drop-coating

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    Hou, Jie

    2015-03-24

    The Sm0.075Nd0.075Ce0.85O2-δ-Er0.4Bi1.6O3 bilayer structure film, which showed an encouraging performance in LT-SOFCs, was successfully fabricated by a simple low cost technique combining one-step co-pressing with drop-coating.

  16. SrMo0.9Co0.1O3-δ: A potential anode for intermediate-temperature solid-oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFC)

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    Martínez-Coronado, R.; Alonso, J. A.; Fernández-Díaz, M. T.

    2014-07-01

    SrMo0.9Co0.1O3-δ oxide has been prepared, characterized and tested as anode material in single solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC), yielding output powers close to 800 mW cm-2 at 850 °C with pure H2 as a fuel. This excellent performance is accounted for the results of an "in-situ" neutron powder diffraction (NPD) experiment, at the working conditions of a SOFC, showing the presence of a sufficiently high oxygen deficiency, with large displacement factors for oxygen atoms that suggest a large lability and mobility, combined with a huge metal-like electronic conductivity, as high as 386 S cm-1 at T = 50 °C. Besides, the oxidation of the perovskite gives rise to a new oxygen deficient scheelite-like phase with formula SrMo0.9Co0.1O4-δ with Mo(VI), which has been studied by NPD and thermal analysis as far as crystal structure and composition are concerned. An adequate thermal expansion coefficient for both (oxidized and reduced) phases, an excellent reversibility upon cycling in oxidizing-reducing atmospheres and a good chemical compatibility with the electrolyte (La0.8Sr0.2Ga0.83Mg0.17O3-δ; LSGM) make this oxide a good candidate for anode in intermediate-temperature SOFC (IT-SOFCs).

  17. Use of Methanation for Optimization of a Hybrid Plant Combining Two-Stage Biomass Gasification, SOFCs and a Micro Gas Turbine

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    Bang-Møller, Christian; Rokni, Masoud; Elmegaard, Brian

    2011-01-01

    A hybrid plant producing combined heat and power (CHP) from biomass by use of the two-stage gasification concept, solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) and a micro gas turbine (MGT) was considered for optimization. The hybrid plant is a sustainable and efficient alternative to conventional decentralized...

  18. Nickel-ceria infiltrated Nb-doped SrTiO3 for low temperature SOFC anodes and analysis on gas diffusion impedance

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    Abdul Jabbar, Mohammed Hussain; Høgh, Jens Valdemar Thorvald; Jacobsen, Torben

    2012-01-01

    This report concentrates on high performance anodes appropriate for SOFCs operating at low temperatures (400–600 °C). Symmetrical cells were made by screen printing of Nb-doped SrTiO3 (STN) on both sides of a dense ScYSZ electrolyte. Backbones I (36% porosity) and II (47% porosity) were obtained ...

  19. FEEDSTOCK-FLEXIBLE REFORMER SYSTEM (FFRS) FOR SOLID OXIDE FUEL CELL (SOFC)- QUALITY SYNGAS

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    Jezierski, Kelly; Tadd, Andrew; Schwank, Johannes; Kibler, Roland; McLean, David; Samineni, Mahesh; Smith, Ryan; Parvathikar, Sameer; Mayne, Joe; Westrich, Tom; Mader, Jerry; Faubert, F. Michael

    2010-07-30

    The U.S. Department of Energy National Energy Technology Laboratory funded this research collaboration effort between NextEnergy and the University of Michigan, who successfully designed, built, and tested a reformer system, which produced highquality syngas for use in SOFC and other applications, and a novel reactor system, which allowed for facile illumination of photocatalysts. Carbon and raw biomass gasification, sulfur tolerance of non-Platinum Group Metals (PGM) based (Ni/CeZrO2) reforming catalysts, photocatalysis reactions based on TiO2, and mild pyrolysis of biomass in ionic liquids (ILs) were investigated at low and medium temperatures (primarily 450 to 850 C) in an attempt to retain some structural value of the starting biomass. Despite a wide range of processes and feedstock composition, a literature survey showed that, gasifier products had narrow variation in composition, a restriction used to develop operating schemes for syngas cleanup. Three distinct reaction conditions were investigated: equilibrium, autothermal reforming of hydrocarbons, and the addition of O2 and steam to match the final (C/H/O) composition. Initial results showed rapid and significant deactivation of Ni/CeZrO2 catalysts upon introduction of thiophene, but both stable and unstable performance in the presence of sulfur were obtained. The key linkage appeared to be the hydrodesulfurization activity of the Ni reforming catalysts. For feed stoichiometries where high H2 production was thermodynamically favored, stable, albeit lower, H2 and CO production were obtained; but lower thermodynamic H2 concentrations resulted in continued catalyst deactivation and eventual poisoning. High H2 levels resulted in thiophene converting to H2S and S surface desorption, leading to stable performance; low H2 levels resulted in unconverted S and loss in H2 and CO production, as well as loss in thiophene conversion. Bimetallic catalysts did not outperform Ni-only catalysts, and small Ni particles were

  20. Chemistry of SOFC Cathode Surfaces: Fundamental Investigation and Tailoring of Electronic Behavior

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    Yildiz, Bilge; Heski, Clemens

    2013-08-31

    1) Electron tunneling characteristics on La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (LSM) thin-film surfaces were studied up to 580oC in 10-3mbar oxygen pressure, using scanning tunneling microscopy/ spectroscopy (STM/STS). A threshold-like drop in the tunneling current was observed at positive bias in STS, which is interpreted as a unique indicator for the activation polarization in cation oxygen bonding on LSM cathodes. Sr-enrichment was found on the surface at high temperature using Auger electron spectroscopy, and was accompanied by a decrease in tunneling conductance in STS. This suggests that Sr-terminated surfaces are less active for electron transfer in oxygen reduction compared to Mn-terminated surfaces on LSM. 2) Effects of strain on the surface cation chemistry and the electronic structure are important to understand and control for attaining fast oxygen reduction kinetics on transition metal oxides. Here, we demonstrate and mechanistically interpret the strain coupling to Sr segregation, oxygen vacancy formation, and electronic structure on the surface of La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (LSM) thin films as a model system. Our experimental results from x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and scanning tunneling spectroscopy are discussed in light of our first principles-based calculations. A stronger Sr enrichment tendency and a more facile oxygen vacancy formation prevail for the tensile strained LSM surface. The electronic structure of the tensile strained LSM surface exhibits a larger band gap at room temperature, however, a higher tunneling conductance near the Fermi level than the compressively strained LSM at elevated temperatures in oxygen. Our findings suggest lattice strain as a key parameter to tune the reactivity of perovskite transition metal oxides with oxygen in solid oxide fuel cell cathodes. 3) Cation segregation on perovskite oxide surfaces affects vastly the oxygen reduction activity and stability of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) cathodes. A unified theory that explains the physical

  1. In-situ Raman spectroscopy analysis of the interfaces between Ni-based SOFC anodes and stabilized zirconia electrolyte

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    Agarkov, D A; Tsybrov, F M; Tartakovskii, I I; Kharton, V V; Bredikhin, S I

    2016-01-01

    A new experimental approach for in-situ Raman spectroscopy of the electrode | solid electrolyte interfaces in controlled atmospheres, based on the use of optically transparent single-crystal membranes of stabilized cubic zirconia, has been proposed and validated. This technique makes it possible to directly access the electrochemical reaction zone in SOFCs by passing the laser beam through single-crystal electrolyte onto the interface, in combination with simultaneous electrochemical measurements. The case study centered on the analysis of NiO reduction in standard cermet anodes under open-circuit conditions, demonstrated an excellent agreement between the observed kinetic parameters and literature data on nickel oxide. The porous cermet reduction kinetics at 400-600C in flowing H2-N2 gas mixture can be described by the classical Avrami model, suggesting that the reaction rate is determined by the metal nuclei growth limited by Ni diffusion. The advantages and limitations of the new experimental approach were...

  2. A versatile salt evaporation reactor system for SOFC operando studies on anode contamination and degradation with impedance spectroscopy

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    Nurk, Gunnar; Holtappels, Peter; Figi, Renato; Wochele, Jörg; Wellinger, Marco; Braun, Artur; Graule, Thomas

    2011-03-01

    The dependence of the degradation kinetics in Ni-CGO (cerium-gadolinium oxide) solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anodes upon salt evaporation is demonstrated operando with a custom built versatile reactor system. The system is based on evaporation and subsequent condensation of low concentration salt vapor aerosol mixtures representative of salt vapors typically present in biomass gasification processes. Fast changes in the charge transfer and ohmic resistance are observed in the anodes fuelled with a gas mixture containing a high KCl vapor concentration. Rapid condensation of salt vapors into the porous anode and partial delamination of the anode from the electrolyte surface because of salt deposits inside the porous anode is observed. The flexibility to produce vapor-aerosol mixtures with different concentrations and particle size distributions is proved, and suitability of these aerosols for anode testing in long term fuel cell test is evaluated.

  3. Solid-state synthesis and electrochemical properties of SmVO4 cathode materials for low temperature SOFCs

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    SUN Xueli; LI Song; SUN Juncai

    2006-01-01

    A new cathode material fabricated by solid state reaction method was reported. The SmVO4 powder was obtained by firing the mixture of Sm2O3 and V2O5 powders in the temperature range of 700-1200 ℃. Its structure was identified by X-ray diffraction method and the electrochemical properties of SmVO4 as cathodes for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) were investigated in single unit cell at the temperature ranged from 450-550 ℃. The results of the single fuel cell unit show that the maximum current densities are 641, 797, 688 mA·cm-2 and the maximum power output are 165, 268, 303 mW·cm-2 and the open circuit voltage are 1.04,0.96,0.92Vat 450, 500 and 550 ℃, respectively.

  4. A chemically stable electrolyte with a novel sandwiched structure for proton-conducting solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs)

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    Bi, Lei

    2013-11-01

    A chemically stable electrolyte structure was developed for proton-conducting SOFCs by using two layers of stable BaZr0.7Pr 0.1Y0.2O3 -δ to sandwich a highly-conductive but unstable BaCe0.8Y0.2O 3 -δ electrolyte layer. The sandwiched electrolyte structure showed good chemical stability in both CO2 and H2O atmosphere, indicating that the BZPY layers effectively protect the inner BCY electrolyte, while the BCY electrolyte alone decomposed completely under the same conditions. Fuel cell prototypes fabricated with the sandwiched electrolyte achieved a relatively high performance of 185 mW cm- 2 at 700 C, with a high electrolyte film conductivity of 4 × 10- 3 S cm- 1 at 600 C. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

  5. In situ X-ray spectromicroscopy investigation of the material stability of SOFC metal interconnects in operating electrochemical cells.

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    Bozzini, Benedetto; Tondo, Elisabetta; Prasciolu, Mauro; Amati, Matteo; Abyaneh, Majid Kazemian; Gregoratti, Luca; Kiskinova, Maya

    2011-08-22

    The present in situ study of electrochemically induced processes occurring in Cr/Ni bilayers in contact with a YSZ electrolyte aims at a molecular-level understanding of the fundamental aspects related to the durability of metallic interconnects in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). The results demonstrate the potential of scanning photoelectron microspectroscopy and imaging to follow in situ the evolution of the chemical states and lateral distributions of the constituent elements (Ni, Cr, Zr, and Y) as a function of applied cathodic potential in a cell working at 650 °C in 10(-6) mbar O(2) ambient conditions. The most interesting findings are the temperature-induced and potential-dependent diffusion of Ni and Cr, and the oxidation-reduction processes resulting in specific morphology-composition changes in the Ni, Cr, and YSZ areas.

  6. Effect of sintering temperature on the microstructure, roughness and electrochemical impedance of electrophoretically deposited YSZ electrolyte for SOFCs

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    Talebi, Tahereh; Haji, Mohsen; Raissi, Babak [Materials and Energy Research Center, P. Box 14155-4777, Karaj, Tehran (Iran)

    2010-09-15

    In the present work, the microstructures of YSZ electrolyte films, which were sintered at various temperatures in the range of 1300-1600 C, were investigated. First, a suitable and uniform film was deposited on the surface of NiO-YSZ composite by EPD. After the consequence sintering, the surfaces of deposited YSZ films were observed by SEM. In addition, other characteristics of the YSZ electrolyte films such as surface roughness and morphology of the sintered films were investigated by AFM. The ability of ionic transfer and permeability of the YSZ electrolyte was examined by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy at different temperatures. It seems that the YSZ electrolyte sintered at 1400 C was appropriate for SOFCs applications, because this film had the minimum impedance, minimum roughness and the maximum conductivity. Furthermore, the temperature of 1400 C was the minimum temperature in which a dense film of YSZ was formed uniformly on the surface of anode and coated it completely. (author)

  7. Hydrogen Fueled Hybrid Solid Oxide Fuel Cell-Gas Turbine (SOFC-GT) System for Long-Haul Rail Application

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    Chow, Justin Jeff

    Freight movement of goods is the artery for America's economic health. Long-haul rail is the premier mode of transport on a ton-mile basis. Concerns regarding greenhouse gas and criteria pollutant emissions, however, have motivated the creation of annually increasing locomotive emissions standards. Health issues from diesel particulate matter, especially near rail yards, have also been on the rise. These factors and the potential to raise conventional diesel-electric locomotive performance warrants the investigation of using future fuels in a more efficient system for locomotive application. This research evaluates the dynamic performance of a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell-Gas Turbine (SOFC-GT) Hybrid system operating on hydrogen fuel to power a locomotive over a rail path starting from the Port of Los Angeles and ending in the City of Barstow. Physical constraints, representative locomotive operation logic, and basic design are used from a previous feasibility study and simulations are performed in the MATLAB Simulink environment. In-house controls are adapted to and expanded upon. Results indicate high fuel-to-electricity efficiencies of at least 54% compared to a conventional diesel-electric locomotive efficiency of 35%. Incorporation of properly calibrated feedback and feed-forward controls enables substantial load following of difficult transients that result from train kinematics while maintaining turbomachinery operating requirements and suppressing thermal stresses in the fuel cell stack. The power split between the SOFC and gas turbine is deduced to be a deterministic factor in the balance between capital and operational costs. Using hydrogen results in no emissions if renewable and offers a potential of 24.2% fuel energy savings for the rail industry.

  8. Biomass-to-electricity: analysis and optimization of the complete pathway steam explosion--enzymatic hydrolysis--anaerobic digestion with ICE vs SOFC as biogas users.

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    Santarelli, M; Barra, S; Sagnelli, F; Zitella, P

    2012-11-01

    The paper deals with the energy analysis and optimization of a complete biomass-to-electricity energy pathway, starting from raw biomass towards the production of renewable electricity. The first step (biomass-to-biogas) is based on a real pilot plant located in Environment Park S.p.A. (Torino, Italy) with three main steps ((1) impregnation; (2) steam explosion; (3) enzymatic hydrolysis), completed by a two-step anaerobic fermentation. In the second step (biogas-to-electricity), the paper considers two technologies: internal combustion engines and a stack of solid oxide fuel cells. First, the complete pathway has been modeled and validated through experimental data. After, the model has been used for an analysis and optimization of the complete thermo-chemical and biological process, with the objective function of maximization of the energy balance at minimum consumption. The comparison between ICE and SOFC shows the better performance of the integrated plants based on SOFC.

  9. Structural analysis of PrBaMn2O5+δ under SOFC anode conditions by in-situ neutron powder diffraction

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    Tomkiewicz, Alex C.; Tamimi, Mazin A.; Huq, Ashfia; McIntosh, Steven

    2016-10-01

    The crystal structure and oxygen stoichiometry of the proposed double perovskite solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anode material PrBaMn2O5+δ were determined under SOFC anode conditions via in-situ neutron diffraction. Measurements were performed in reducing atmospheres between 692 K and 984 K. The structure was fit to a tetragonal (space group P4/mmm) layered double perovskite structure with alternating Pr and Ba A-site cation layers. Under all conditions examined, the oxygen sites in the Ba and Mn layers were fully occupied, while the sites in the Pr layer were close to completely vacant. The results of the neutron diffraction experiments are compared to previous thermogravimetric analysis experiments to verify the accuracy of both experiments. PrBaMn2O5+δ was shown to be stable over a wide range of reducing atmospheres similar to anode operating conditions in solid oxide fuel cells without significant structural changes.

  10. Fabricación de soportes anódicos metálicos para SOFC por vía pulvimetalúrgica

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    Arahuetes, E.

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available The commercialization of environmentally-friendly power production technologies as solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC implies the cost reduction of the materials initially used in their design. The employment of a porous metallic support that significantly reduces the amount of active ceramic material is an interesting option. In this work, the processing of four different alloys (two Fe-based and two Ni-based is evaluated for their possible use as porous metallic supports in SOFC. A binder system is proposed that, mixed with big-sized metallic powders, allows to obtain materials with the required porosity level (≥ 30%. Moreover, a stage of grinding prior to compaction of mixes binder-metallic powder allows the manufacturing of dimensionally stable components during binder removal, even although their high porosity.

    La comercialización de tecnologías de producción de energía medioambientalmente respetuosas, como las pilas de óxido sólido (SOFC, implica el abaratamiento de los materiales con que han sido, inicialmente, diseñadas. El empleo de un soporte metálico poroso que reduzca significativamente la cantidad de material cerámico activo es una opción muy interesante. En este trabajo se estudia el procesado de 4 aleaciones diferentes (dos base Fe y dos base Ni para su posible utilización como soportes metálicos porosos en SOFC. Se propone un sistema ligante que, mezclado con polvos metálicos de gran tamaño, permita obtener materiales con el nivel de porosidad requerida (≥ 30 %. Además, la realización de una etapa de granulado previa a la compactación de las mezclas de polvo metálico permite fabricar piezas que mantienen, pese a su elevada porosidad, la estabilidad dimensional durante el proceso de eliminación del ligante.

  11. Manufacturing of Tube Type and Flat Type SOFC%管式和板式固体氧化物燃料电池制备的研究

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    张蔓

    2010-01-01

    介绍了采用流延法制备板式固体氧化物燃料电池(SOFC)和化学沉浆法制备管式SOFC单电池的原料选择和制备工艺.通过试验测试,采用该工艺方法制备的两类单电池具有优良的性能.

  12. Investigations of the oxidation-induced service life of chromium steels for high temperature fuel cell application (SOFC); Untersuchungen zur oxidationsbedingten Lebensdauer von Chromstaehlen fuer die Anwendung in der Hochtemperaturbrennstoffzelle (SOFC)

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    Ertl, S.T.

    2006-08-17

    The increasing energy consumption of future automobiles should be covered by a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) used as an additional energy supply (auxiliary power unit). The application of a SOFC with about 5 kW power in cars requires small size, low weight and an economic fabrication. To achieve this goal the interconnector and the metallic anode substrate (depending on an alternative concept of construction) should be manufactured out of thin Crofer22APU, a high chromium ferritic steel. The scale formation mechanisms on Crofer22APU sheets, wires and powder metallurgical produced foils of different thicknesses were investigated in several atmospheres of water vapour/hydrogen at 800 and 900 C, simulating the anode conditions. For scale characterization a number of conventional analysis techniques such as optical metallography, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction were used in combination with deflection testing in monofacial oxidation and two-stage oxidation studies using {sup 18}O and H{sub 2} {sup 18}O tracer. With these results a theoretical model for the determination of lifetime was developed for Crofer22APU components in simulated anode gas. It was found that the lifetime at a given temperature depends not only on the surface-to-volume ratio, but also on the geometry of the component (e.g. sheet or wire). The critical Cr content required for breakaway oxidation depends on microcrack formation in the surface oxide scale, which occurs on ridges of a sheet during thermal cycling. The development of a metallic interconnector and a metallic anode substrate requires measures to avoid interdiffusion between the alloy and the bordering nickel-YSZ (yttrium stabilized zirconia) cermet of the anode, or depending on the conception of the stack, the bordering nickel-YSZ cermet of the anode functional layer. Therefore the suitability of preoxidation layers after different preoxidation conditions was tested. It was found that the inhibition of the interdiffusion

  13. 基于Zigbee协议的SOFC无线监控系统%Wireless Monitoring System of SOFC Based on Zigbee Protocol

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    胡刚; 汪鑫; 李曦

    2012-01-01

    固态氧化物燃料电池(Solid Oxide Fuel Cell,SOFC)因其高效率、零污染而被誉为21世纪最有潜力的发电技术之一.文章针对SOFC实际运行需要,研发了一种基于Zigbee无线传输协议的远程监控系统;介绍了基于Zigbee协议的XBee Pro RF模块的使用方法;利用PLC做数据采集,随后PLC和PC间通过串口通信得到采集到的数据,最终在两个PC机之间利用Zigbee无线传输进行通信,从而构建了SOFC的无线远程监控系统.%Solid Oxide Fuel Cell is known as the most promising power generation technologies in the 21st century because of its high efficiency and zero pollution. In this paper, a remote monitoring system is designed for the SOFC based on the zigbee transport protocol. The Xbee Pro RF module based on the zigbee protocol is introduced in this paper. Finally, a wireless remote monitoring system of SOFC is set up to realize the wireless communication between PC and PC.

  14. Oxides with polyatomic anions considered as new electrolyte materials for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs)

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    Bin Hassan, Oskar Hasdinor

    2010-10-21

    Materials with Polyatomic anions of [Al{sub 2}O{sub 7}]{sup -8}, [Ti{sub 2}O{sub 8}]{sup -8} and [P{sub 2}O{sub 7}]{sup -4} were investigated with respect to their ionic conductivity properties as well as its thermal expansion properties with the aim to use them as SOFCs electrolytes. The polyatomic anion groups selected from the oxy-cuspidine family of Gd{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9} and Gd{sub 4}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 10} as well as from pyrophosphate SnP{sub 2}O{sub 7}. The pure oxy-cuspidine Gd{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9}, the series of Gd{sub 4}Al{sub 2-x}Mg{sub x}O{sub 9-x/2} with x=0.10-1.0 and Gd{sub 4-x}M{sub x}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9-x/2} (M=Ca, Sr) with x = 0.05-0.5 were prepared successfully by the citrate complexation method. All samples showed the crystal structure of monoclinic oxycuspidine structure with space group of P2{sub 1/c} and Z=4. No solid solution was observed for Gd{sub 4}Al{sub 2-x}Mg{sub x}O{sub 9-x/2} where additional phases of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} and MgO were presence. XRD semiquantitative analysis together with SEM-EDX analysis revealed that Mg{sup 2+} was not able to substitute the Al{sup 3+} ions even at low Mg{sup 2+} concentration. The solid solution limit of Gd{sub 4-x}Ca{sub x}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9-x/2} and Gd{sub 4-x}Sr{sub x}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9-x/2} was determined between 0.05-0.10 and 0.01-0.05 mol for Ca and Sr, respectively. Beyond the substitution limit Gd{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9}, GdAlO{sub 3} and SrGd{sub 2}Al{sub 2}O{sub 7} appeared as additional phases. The highest electrical conductivity obtained at 900 C yielded {sigma}= 1.49 x 10{sup -4}Scm{sup -1} for Gd{sub 3.95}Ca{sub 0.05}Al{sub 2}O{sub 8.98}. In comparison, the conductivity of pure Gd{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9} was {sigma}= 1.73 x 10{sup -5} Scm{sup -1}. The conductivities determined were in a similar range as those of other cuspidine materials investigated previously. The thermal expansion coefficient of Gd{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9} at 1000 C was 7.4 x 10{sup -6}K{sup -1}. The earlier reported

  15. Oxides with polyatomic anions considered as new electrolyte materials for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs)

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    Bin Hassan, Oskar Hasdinor

    2010-10-21

    Materials with Polyatomic anions of [Al{sub 2}O{sub 7}]{sup -8}, [Ti{sub 2}O{sub 8}]{sup -8} and [P{sub 2}O{sub 7}]{sup -4} were investigated with respect to their ionic conductivity properties as well as its thermal expansion properties with the aim to use them as SOFCs electrolytes. The polyatomic anion groups selected from the oxy-cuspidine family of Gd{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9} and Gd{sub 4}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 10} as well as from pyrophosphate SnP{sub 2}O{sub 7}. The pure oxy-cuspidine Gd{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9}, the series of Gd{sub 4}Al{sub 2-x}Mg{sub x}O{sub 9-x/2} with x=0.10-1.0 and Gd{sub 4-x}M{sub x}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9-x/2} (M=Ca, Sr) with x = 0.05-0.5 were prepared successfully by the citrate complexation method. All samples showed the crystal structure of monoclinic oxycuspidine structure with space group of P2{sub 1/c} and Z=4. No solid solution was observed for Gd{sub 4}Al{sub 2-x}Mg{sub x}O{sub 9-x/2} where additional phases of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} and MgO were presence. XRD semiquantitative analysis together with SEM-EDX analysis revealed that Mg{sup 2+} was not able to substitute the Al{sup 3+} ions even at low Mg{sup 2+} concentration. The solid solution limit of Gd{sub 4-x}Ca{sub x}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9-x/2} and Gd{sub 4-x}Sr{sub x}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9-x/2} was determined between 0.05-0.10 and 0.01-0.05 mol for Ca and Sr, respectively. Beyond the substitution limit Gd{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9}, GdAlO{sub 3} and SrGd{sub 2}Al{sub 2}O{sub 7} appeared as additional phases. The highest electrical conductivity obtained at 900 C yielded {sigma}= 1.49 x 10{sup -4}Scm{sup -1} for Gd{sub 3.95}Ca{sub 0.05}Al{sub 2}O{sub 8.98}. In comparison, the conductivity of pure Gd{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9} was {sigma}= 1.73 x 10{sup -5} Scm{sup -1}. The conductivities determined were in a similar range as those of other cuspidine materials investigated previously. The thermal expansion coefficient of Gd{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9} at 1000 C was 7.4 x 10{sup -6}K{sup -1}. The earlier reported

  16. Study of perovskite oxides as the cathode for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC); Koon kotai denkaishitsu nenryo denchi (SOFC) yo seikyoku to shite no perovskite gata sankabutsu no kenkyu

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    Takeda, Y. [Mie University, Mie (Japan). Faculty of Engineering

    1999-03-15

    The perovskite type manganite systems, Ln{sub 1-x}A{sub x}MO{sub 3} (Ln=rare earth, A=Sr, Ca) were studied as the electrode materials for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). The highest cathodic activity was obtained for the La{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}CoO{sub 3} electrode. The reactivity tests of La{sub 1-x}A{sub x}MO{sub 3} with yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) showed that the formation of the pyrochlore Ln{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7} decreases the electrode activity. However, this was suppressed for the perovskites having smaller lanthanoids than La, for example, for the Gd{sub 1-x}A{sub x}MnO{sub 3} and GdCoO{sub 3} systems. No reaction product appeared between the Gd{sub 1-x} A{sub x}MnO{sub 3} perovskite and YSZ even at a high annealing temperature of 1,400degreeC. GdCoO{sub 3} did not react with YSZ even at 1,000degreeC. The adjustment of the thermal expansion rate to YSZ needed the formation of solid solution such as Ln{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}Mn{sub 1-y}Co{sub y}O{sub 3}, some of which showed the high cathodic activity and good compatibility. (author)

  17. Thermodynamical simulation for solid oxide (SOFC) type fuel cells with ethanol direct internal reforming; Simulacao termodinamica para celulas a combustivel do tipo SOFC com reforma interna direta do etanol

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    Silva, Aline Lima da; Malfatti, Celia de Fraga; Heck, Nestor Cezar [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Engenharia de Minas, Metalurgica e de Materiais (PPGEM)]. E-mail: als14br2000@yahoo.com.br; Mello, Celso Gustavo [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Engenharia Quimica (PPGEQ); Halmenschlager, Cibele Melo [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Engenharia de Minas, Metalurgica e de Materiais (PPGEM). Lab. de Materiais Ceramicos

    2008-07-01

    In SOFC, high operative temperature allows the direct conversion of ethanol into H{sub 2} to take place in the electrochemical cell. Direct internal reforming of ethanol, however, can produce undesirable products that diminish system efficiency and, in the case of carbon deposition over the anode, may occur the breakdown of the electrode. In this way, thermodynamic analysis is fundamental to predict the product distribution as well as the conditions favorable for carbon to precipitate inside the cell. Equilibrium determinations are performed by the Gibbs energy minimization method, using the GRG algorithm. Thermodynamic conditions for carbon deposition were analyzed, in order to establish temperature ranges and H{sub 2}O/ethanol ratios where carbon precipitation is not feasible. A mathematical relationship between Lagrange multipliers and carbon activity is presented, unveiling the carbon activity in atmosphere. The effect of the type of solid electrolyte (O{sup 2-} or H{sup +} conducting) on carbon formation is also investigated. The results of this work are in agreement with previous results reported in literature using the stoichiometric method. (author)

  18. Analysis of Zero CO2 Emission SOFC Hybrid Power System%CO2零排放的SOFC复合动力系统分析

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    张潇元; 段立强

    2011-01-01

    Based on the Aspen-plus soft, SOFC stack model is established. The SOFC hybrid power system without CO2 capture is designed. Then, the zero CO2 emission SOFC hybrid power system is proposed. The performances of these two systems are compared and analyzed. With the mode of pure oxygen combustion, the outlet gas of zero CO2 emission SOFC hybrid power system is composed of only CO2 and steam, so it is easy to get CO2 with higher concentration by means of condensation. Compared with the conventional power system with CO2 capture, the energy consumption of CO2 capture in the new system decreases a lot. This paper also analyzes the effects of the main parameters on the performance of the hybrid power system. Above research achievements will provide the useful guide for further study on zero CO2 emission SOFC hybrid power system.%基于Aspen-Plus软件建立了SOFC电池堆的模型,设计了不回收CO2的SOFC复合动力系统,针对系统特点,提出了CO2零排放的SOFC复合动力系统,对这两种系统的性能进行了详细的比较和分析.CO2零排放系统利用纯氧燃烧方式得到的燃烧产物只有CO2和水蒸气,通过冷凝得到高浓度的CO2.与带CO2脱除的常规电厂相比,极大地降低了回收CO2的能耗.通过对主要参数(燃料利用率、蒸汽/碳比、运行压力等)进行优化,详细分析了各主要参数对系统性能的影响.本文研究成果将为进一步研究高效的CO2零排放SOFC复合动力系统提供有益的参考.

  19. Recovery Act: Demonstration of a SOFC Generator Fueled by Propane to Provide Electrical Power to Real World Applications

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    Bessette, Norman [Acumentrics Corporation, Westwood, MA (United States)

    2016-08-01

    The objective of this project provided with funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was to demonstrate a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) generator capable of operation on propane fuel to improve efficiency and reduce emissions over commercially available portable generators. The key objectives can be summarized as: Development of two portable electrical generators in the 1-3kW range utilizing Solid Oxide Fuel Cells and propane fuel; The development and demonstration of a proof-of-concept electro-mechanical propane fuel interface that provides a user friendly capability for managing propane fuel; The deployment and use of the fuel cell portable generators to power media production equipment over the course of several months at multiple NASCAR automobile racing events; The deployment and use of the fuel cell portable generators at scheduled events by first responders (police, fire) of the City of Folsom California; and Capturing data with regard to the systems’ ability to meet Department of Energy (DOE) Technical Targets and evaluating the ease of use and potential barriers to further adoption of the systems.

  20. Anode- electrolyte- cathode sets of unitary SOFC with electro-catalysts deposited on previously sintered porous support

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    Carvalho, L.F.V.; Souza, F.M.B.; Fiuza, R.P.; Alencar, M.G.F.; Silva, M.A.; Boaventura, J.S. [Chemistry Inst., Salvador (Brazil). Dept. of Physical Chemistry

    2009-07-01

    The solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) can be used in a broad range of applications. YSZ (yttria stabilized zirconia) and GDC (gadolinia doped ceria) are components of the anode/electrolyte set and LSM (manganite of strontium and lanthanum) ink are components of the cathode. In this study, different combinations of sodium bicarbonate, graphite and citric acid were used to form the electrocatalyst on nickel and iron. After sintering, the set was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and surface area by BET. The pellets had good porosity and the anode-cathode-electrolyte interfaces had good inter-layer adherence. The catalyst was evenly dispersed on the support. The final porous structure did not have any surface area loss compared to the original powder. The mixed agents were found to be good pore formatting agents, with characteristics that were favourable for achieving good sets of anode-cathode-electrolytes. The final structure had good pore distribution and formation. The anode had good surface area and good tack from the interface anode/electrolyte.

  1. MnCo{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel chromium barrier coatings for SOFC interconnect by HVOF

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    Lagerbom, J.; Varis, T.; Pihlatie, M.; Himanen, O.; Saarinen, V.; Kiviaho, J.; Turunen, E. [VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo (Finland); Puranen, J. [Tampere Univ. of Technology (Finland). Inst. of Materials Science

    2010-07-01

    Chromia released from steel parts used for interconnect plates by evaporation and condensation can quickly degrade the cell (cathode) performance in solid oxide fuel cell SOFC. Coatings on top of the IC plate can work as a chromium evaporation barrier. The coating material should have good electrical conductivity, high temperature stability and nearly the same coefficient of thermal expansion as the cell materials. One candidate for the coating material is MnCo{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel because of its suitable properties. High velocity oxy fuel (HVOF) spraying was used for the coating application on Crofer 22 APU steel samples. Using commercial and self made spray dried powders together with an HV2000 spray gun it was possible to successfully manufacture, well adhering, dense and reasonably uniform coatings. The samples were tested in oxidation exposure tests in air followed by post analysis in SEM. Powders and coatings microstructures are presented here, both before and after exposure. It was found out that together with spraying parameters the powder characteristics used influence clearly to the coating quality. Especially as very thin coatings was aimed with dense structure fine powders was found to be essential. (orig.)

  2. Applications of nano-composite materials for improving the performance of anode-supported electrolytes of SOFCs

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    Lee, Jong-Jin; Moon, Hwan; Park, Hae-Gu; Yoon, Dae Il; Hyun, Sang-Hoon [School of Advanced Materials Science and Engineering, Yonsei Univ., Seoul 120-749 (Korea)

    2010-01-15

    In order to improve the performance of the anode-supported electrolyte of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), the anode electrode is modified by inserting an anode functional layer of nano-composite powders between a Ni-YSZ electrode and YSZ electrolyte. The NiO-YSZ nano-composite powders are fabricated by coating nano-sized Ni and YSZ particles on the YSZ core particle by the Pechini process. The reduction of the polarization resistance of a single cell that is applied to the anode functional layer is attributed to the increasing reaction of three-phase boundaries (TPBs) within the layer and the micro-structured uniformity in the electrode. Two methods were used, namely tape-casting/dip-coating and tape-casting/co-firing, for studying the performance. It can be concluded that the cell with an anode functional layer thickness (15-20 {mu}m) and a microstructure of NiO-YSZ nano-composite materials which was fabricated by the tape-casting/dip-coating method improved the output power (to 1.3 W cm{sup -2}) at 800 C using hydrogen as fuel and air as an oxidant. (author)

  3. Preparation and conductivity measurement of 7-8 mol % YSZ and 12 mol % CSZ for electrolyte SOFC

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    Budiana, B.; Fitriana, F.; Ayu, N.; Suasmoro, S.

    2016-08-01

    The study of 7YSZ (93% ZrO2-7%Y2O3), 8YSZ (92% ZrO2-8%Y2O3), and CSZ (88% ZrO2-12% CaO) as SOFC electrolytes have been carried out successfully. 7YSZ and 8YSZ powders were prepared by solid state reaction method of mixed Y2O3 and ZrO2 followed by calcination at 1350 °C for 1 hour, while CSZ was commercial products. Pellets of 7YSZ, 8YSZ, and CSZ were prepared by 1.2 gr, pressed at 40 MPa and sintered at 1550 °C for 4 hours. Rietveld refinement revealed that 7YSZ comprised 47.27% monoclinic, 52.65% cubic, and 0.008% Y2O3 cubic, while 8YSZ comprised 48.45% monoclinic, 49.32% cubic, 2.23% Y2O3 cubic and CSZ has 88% ZrO2 and 12% CaO. Ionic conductivity and activation energy were obtained from Cole- Cole Plot of impedance, the activation energy of 7YSZ=1.03eV, 8YSZ=0.96eV and CSZ=0.78eV.

  4. Three-Dimensional CFD Modeling of Transport Phenomena in a Cross-Flow Anode-Supported Planar SOFC

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    Zhonggang Zhang

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available In this study, a three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics (CFD model is developed for an anode-supported planar SOFC from the Chinese Academy of Science Ningbo Institute of Material Technology and Engineering (NIMTE. The simulation results of the developed model are in good agreement with the experimental data obtained under the same conditions. With the simulation results, the distribution of temperature, flow velocity and the gas concentrations through the cell components and gas channels is presented and discussed. Potential and current density distributions in the cell and overall fuel utilization are also presented. It is also found that the temperature gradients exist along the length of the cell, and the maximum value of the temperature for the cross-flow is at the outlet region of the cell. The distribution of the current density is uneven, and the maximum current density is located at the interfaces between the channels, ribs and the electrodes, the maximum current density result in a large over-potential and heat source in the electrodes, which is harmful to the overall performance and working lifespan of the fuel cells. A new type of flow structure should be developed to make the current flow be more evenly distributed and promote most of the TPB areas to take part in the electrochemical reactions.

  5. Synthesis of praseodymium doped cerium oxides by the polymerization-combustion method for application as anodic component in SOFC devices

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    Cruz Pacheco, A. F.; Gómez Cuaspud, J. A.; López, E. Vera

    2016-02-01

    This work reports the synthesis and the characterization of six oxides; it is based on Ce1-xPrxO2 (x=0.0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8 and 1.0) system, which is obtained by the polymerization- combustion technique for potential applications on design of advanced electrodic components, for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). Initially the solid precursors are characterized by infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and thermal analysis (TGA-DTA), allowing to determine the formation of prevalent citrate species and the optimal temperature for the consolidation of the desired crystalline phases. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) and the transmission electron microscopy analysis (TEM) are performed over calcined samples which provided information about the formation of a fluorite phase with grain distribution, surface, textural and morphological properties consistent with the nanometric obtaining crystallites (30nm), it is oriented along the (1 1 1) facet, with d spacings of 0.31nm for the main diffraction signal. These results indicate the effectiveness of the proposed synthesis method for potential applications in the design of advanced anodic materials for solid oxide fuel cells.

  6. Open- and closed-circuit study of an intermediate temperature SOFC directly fueled with simulated biogas mixtures

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    Yentekakis, Ioannis V.

    An intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) based on a gadolinia doped ceria (GDC) solid electrolyte, a Ni(Au)-GDC cermet anode and a La 0.54Sr 0.46MnO 3 perovskite cathode was tested at 600 and 640 °C on direct feed of simulated biogas mixtures. The catalytic (open-circuit) rate of the methane dry (CO 2)-reforming reaction over Ni(Au)-GDC anode was found to be maximized at about equimolar CH 4/CO 2 feed ratio. Cell power density up to 60 mW cm -2, at a cell voltage of 445 mV and a current density of 135 mA cm -2 at 640 °C, has been obtained under closed-circuit cell operation at this optimal feed ratio. Carbon deposition was found not to downgrade cell output characteristics under closed-circuit conditions at constant external loads for ∼120 h, preceded by open- or closed-circuit operation for ∼100 additional hours.

  7. Catalytic modification of conventional SOFC anodes with a view to reducing their activity for direct internal reforming of natural gas

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    Boder, M.; Dittmeyer, R. [Research Group Technical Chemistry, Karl-Winnacker-Institut, DECHEMA e.V., Theodor-Heuss-Allee 25, D-60486 Frankfurt (Germany)

    2006-04-18

    When using natural gas as fuel for the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC), direct internal reforming lowers the requirement for cell cooling and, theoretically, offers advantages with respect to capital cost and efficiency. The high metal content of a nickel/zirconia anode and the high temperature, however, cause the endothermic reforming reaction to take place very fast. The resulting drop of temperature at the inlet produces thermal stresses, which may lower the system efficiency and limit the stack lifetime. To reduce the reforming rate without lowering the electrochemical activity of the cell, a wet impregnation procedure for modifying conventional cermets by coverage with a less active metal was developed. As the coating material copper was chosen. Copper is affordable, catalytically inert for the reforming reaction and exhibits excellent electronic conductivity. The current density-voltage characteristics of the modified units showed that it is possible to maintain a good electrochemical performance of the cells despite the catalytic modification. A copper to nickel ratio of 1:3 resulted in a strong diminution of the catalytic reaction rate. This indicates that the modification could be a promising method to improve the performance of solid oxide fuel cells with direct internal reforming of hydrocarbons. (author)

  8. High performance of SDC and GDC core shell type composite electrolytes using methane as a fuel for low temperature SOFC

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    Muneeb Irshad

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Nanocomposites Samarium doped Ceria (SDC, Gadolinium doped Ceria (GDC, core shell SDC amorphous Na2CO3 (SDCC and GDC amorphous Na2CO3 (GDCC were synthesized using co-precipitation method and then compared to obtain better solid oxide electrolytes materials for low temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFCs. The comparison is done in terms of structure, crystallanity, thermal stability, conductivity and cell performance. In present work, XRD analysis confirmed proper doping of Sm and Gd in both single phase (SDC, GDC and dual phase core shell (SDCC, GDCC electrolyte materials. EDX analysis validated the presence of Sm and Gd in both single and dual phase electrolyte materials; also confirming the presence of amorphous Na2CO3 in SDCC and GDCC. From TGA analysis a steep weight loss is observed in case of SDCC and GDCC when temperature rises above 725 °C while SDC and GDC do not show any loss. The ionic conductivity and cell performance of single phase SDC and GDC nanocomposite were compared with core shell GDC/amorphous Na2CO3 and SDC/ amorphous Na2CO3 nanocomposites using methane fuel. It is observed that dual phase core shell electrolytes materials (SDCC, GDCC show better performance in low temperature range than their corresponding single phase electrolyte materials (SDC, GDC with methane fuel.

  9. High performance of SDC and GDC core shell type composite electrolytes using methane as a fuel for low temperature SOFC

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    Irshad, Muneeb; Siraj, Khurram, E-mail: razahussaini786@gmail.com, E-mail: khurram.uet@gmail.com; Javed, Fayyaz; Ahsan, Muhammad; Rafique, Muhammad Shahid [Department of Physics, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore (Pakistan); Raza, Rizwan, E-mail: razahussaini786@gmail.com, E-mail: khurram.uet@gmail.com [Department of Physics, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore (Pakistan); Shakir, Imran [Deanship of scientific research, College of Engineering, PO Box 800, King Saud University, Riyadh 11421 (Saudi Arabia)

    2016-02-15

    Nanocomposites Samarium doped Ceria (SDC), Gadolinium doped Ceria (GDC), core shell SDC amorphous Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3} (SDCC) and GDC amorphous Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3} (GDCC) were synthesized using co-precipitation method and then compared to obtain better solid oxide electrolytes materials for low temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFCs). The comparison is done in terms of structure, crystallanity, thermal stability, conductivity and cell performance. In present work, XRD analysis confirmed proper doping of Sm and Gd in both single phase (SDC, GDC) and dual phase core shell (SDCC, GDCC) electrolyte materials. EDX analysis validated the presence of Sm and Gd in both single and dual phase electrolyte materials; also confirming the presence of amorphous Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3} in SDCC and GDCC. From TGA analysis a steep weight loss is observed in case of SDCC and GDCC when temperature rises above 725 °C while SDC and GDC do not show any loss. The ionic conductivity and cell performance of single phase SDC and GDC nanocomposite were compared with core shell GDC/amorphous Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3} and SDC/ amorphous Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3} nanocomposites using methane fuel. It is observed that dual phase core shell electrolytes materials (SDCC, GDCC) show better performance in low temperature range than their corresponding single phase electrolyte materials (SDC, GDC) with methane fuel.

  10. Research progress in the cathode materials for H-SOFC%基于H-SOFC阴极材料的研究进展

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    2016-01-01

    围绕目前适用于质子导体作为电解质的固体氧化物燃料电池(H-SOFC)的阴极材料的研究进展,着重综述钙钛矿结构、LnBaCo2 O5+δ系列及非钴基阴极材料在各种质子导体电解质上的电导率、热膨胀性能和电化学性能.

  11. 平板式SOFC封接材料的研究进展%RESEARCH PROGRESS OF SEALING MATERIALS FOR PLANAR SOFC

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    程丹; 罗凌虹; 吴也凡; 程亮; 石纪军

    2012-01-01

    The recent progress of sealing materials used for planar solid oxide fuel cell(pSOFC) was reviewed in this paper.The basic requirements of sealing materials and the sealing technique for SOFC were pointed.At last the glass sealing materials were presented in detail.%本文对平板式SOFC封接材料的最新研究进展进行了介绍:封接材料的基本要求和SOFC的封接方式。并对玻璃、玻璃-陶瓷封接材料进行了详细的阐述。

  12. Análisis de materiales catódicos de estructura perovskita para celdas de combustible de oxido sólido, sofcs

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    J. Alvarado-Flores; J. Espino-Valencia; L. Ávalos-Rodríguez

    2015-01-01

    Las celdas de combustible convierten directa y eficientemente la energ´a qu´mica de un combustible en energ´a electrica. De los diversos ´ tipos de celdas de combustible, las de oxido s ´ olido (SOFC), combinan las ventajas en generaci ´ on de energ ´ ´a ambientalmente benigna con la flexibilidad del combustible. Sin embargo, la necesidad de elevadas temperaturas de funcionamiento (800-1000C) se ha traducido en altos costos y grandes retos en relacion a la compatibilidad para los materiales c...

  13. Obtaining of ceria - samaria - gadolinia ceramics for application as solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) electrolyte; Obtencao de ceramicas de ceria - samaria - gadolinia para aplicacao como eletrolito em celulas a combustivel de oxido solido (SOFC)

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    Arakaki, Alexander Rodrigo

    2010-07-01

    Cerium oxide (CeO{sub 2}) when doped with rare earth oxides has its ionic conductivity enhanced, enabling its use as electrolyte for Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (IT-SOFC), which is operated in temperatures between 500 e 700 degree C. The most effective additives or dopants for ionic conductivity improvement are (samarium oxide - Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3}) and gadolinia (gadolinium oxide - Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}), fixing the concentration between 10 and 20 molar%. In this work, Ce{sub 0,8}(SmGd){sub 0,2}O{sub 1,9} powders have been synthesized by hydroxide, carbonate and oxalate coprecipitation routes. The hydrothermal treatment has been studied for powders precipitated with ammonium hydroxide. A concentrate of rare earths containing 90wt% of CeO{sub 2} and other containing 51% of Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} and 30% of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}, both prepared from monazite processing, were used as starting materials. These concentrates were used due the lower cost compared to pure commercial materials and the chemical similarity of others rare earth elements. Initially, the coprecipitation and calcination conditions were defined. The process efficiency was verified by ceramic sinterability evaluation. The results showed that powders calcined in the range of 450 and 800 degree C presented high specific surface area (90 - 150 m{sup 2}.g{sup -1}) and fluorite cubic structure, indicating the solid solution formation. It was observed, by scanning electron microscopy, that morphology of particles and agglomerates is a function of precipitant agent. The dilatometric analysis indicated the higher rate of shrinkage at temperatures around 1300-1350 degree C. High densification values (>95% TD) was obtained at temperatures above 1400 degree C. Synthesis by hydroxides coprecipitation followed by hydrothermal treatment demonstrated to be a promising route for crystallization of ceria nano powders at low temperatures (200 degree C). High values of specific surface area were reached with the

  14. Development of anode material based on La-substituted SrTiO{sub 3} perovskites doped with manganese and/or gallium for SOFC

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    Escudero, M.J. [Dpto Energia, CIEMAT, Av. Complutense 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain); School of Chemistry, Purdie Building, University of St Andrews, St Andres, Fife KY16 9ST (United Kingdom); Irvine, J.T.S. [School of Chemistry, Purdie Building, University of St Andrews, St Andres, Fife KY16 9ST (United Kingdom); Daza, L. [Dpto Energia, CIEMAT, Av. Complutense 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquimica (CSIC), Campus Cantoblanco, C/Marie Curie 2, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2009-07-01

    Materials based on La-substituted SrTiO{sub 3} perovskites doped with manganese and/or gallium for SOFC have been studied as novel anodes for solid oxide fuel cell. La{sub 4}Sr{sub 8}Ti{sub 11}Mn{sub 1-x}Ga{sub x}O{sub 38-{delta}} (0 {<=} x {<=} 1) oxides were synthesized by solid state reaction and the influences of the manganese and/or gallium content on the structure, morphology, thermal properties and electrical conductivity of these materials has been investigated. All compounds show cubic structure with a space group Pm-3m. These compounds presented high electrical conductivity values under reducing atmosphere between 7.9 and 6.8 S cm{sup -1} at 900 C. For the composition x {>=} 0.5, the thermal expansion coefficient in both reducing and oxidizing atmosphere are close to that of SOFC electrolytes (8YSZ, CGD). In general, the substitution of Ga by Mn causes a slight reduction in each of the following, lattice parameter, degree of oxygen loss on reduction, thermal expansion coefficient, and electrical conductivity. (author)

  15. Analysis of the Material Factors in the Degradation of SOFC Performance%浅析SOFC性能衰减的材料因素

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    高克卿; 刘晓天; 赵二庆; 樊丽权; 熊岳平

    2013-01-01

    Based on the cell operating conditions, the material factors which influence the cell performance of SOFC including the chemical stability of materials at solid-gas interface in redox atmosphere, the diffusion and reaction between the interface of solid-solid materials, and degradation caused by the external chemical substances brought into the cells at triple phase boundary are mainly analyzed. Given that under the current state of the research it is urgent to explore the material factors on degradation of cell performance to meet demands in SOFC applications.%从SOFC工作状态出发,分析了材料在氧化还原气氛中的固-气界面化学稳定性、材料间固-固界面的扩散与相互反应的特性,以及外部化学物质的介入对三相界面反应的干扰等三方面因素对电池性能可能产生的影响.作者认为,注重探究实用的SOFC电池性能衰减材料因素有助于我国SOFC电堆的研制.

  16. Control of Co content and SOFC cathode performance in Y1-ySr2+yCu3-xCoxO7+δ

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    Šimo, F.; Payne, J. L.; Demont, A.; Sayers, R.; Li, Ming; Collins, C. M.; Pitcher, M. J.; Claridge, J. B.; Rosseinsky, M. J.

    2014-11-01

    The electrochemical performance of the layered perovskite YSr2Cu3-xCoxO7+δ, a potential solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) cathode, is improved by increasing the Co content from x = 1.00 to a maximum of x = 1.30. Single phase samples with x > 1.00 are obtained by tuning the Y/Sr ratio, yielding the composition Y1-ySr2+yCu3-xCoxO7+δ (where y ≤ 0.05). The high temperature structure of Y0.95Sr2.05Cu1.7Co1.3O7+δ at 740 °C is characterised by powder neutron diffraction and the potential of this Co-enriched material as a SOFC cathode is investigated by combining AC impedance spectroscopy, four-probe DC conductivity and powder XRD measurements to determine its electrochemical properties along with its thermal stability and compatibility with a range of commercially available electrolytes. The material is shown to be compatible with doped ceria electrolytes at 900 °C.

  17. Development of Ca-doped LaCr03 feed material and its plasma coating for SOFC applications

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    Purohit, R. D.; Nair, Sathi R.; Prakash, Deep; Sinha, P. K.; Sharma, B. P.; Sreekumar, K. P.; Ananthapadmanabhan, P. V.; Das, A. K.; Gantayet, L. M.

    2010-02-01

    In order to realize SOFC as power generating devices, multiple cells are connected in series through an interconnect material to accumulate the voltage output. The interconnect should have very low permeability for the gases used. A novel solution combustion process has been developed for producing the phase pure, well-sinterable powders of Ca-doped LaCrO3 interconnect material. A process has been developed to produce the coarse granules as a feed material using combustion-synthesized powder for plasma spray through (a) preparation of granules through cold iso-static pressing followed by breaking and sieving (b) sintering of the green granules followed by sieving. The flow ability and deposition efficiency studies on +45-75 and 75-125 μm powders suggested that +45-75 powder is more suitable for the plasma spray coating. The plasma process parameters; plasma power, flow rate of carrier gases and distance between substrate and plasma gun have been optimized to achieve required coating characteristics. The as-produced coating using 20 kW power plasma gun on the porous Sr-doped LaMnO3 cathode substrates has been examined by SEM. An adherent coating of about 100 μm has been observed in the micrographs. No large cracks were observed throughout the coating. However, the coating was not found to be impervious in nature. Also the micrographs showed incomplete melting of the plasma-coated material. The similar experiments were performed using a higher power (approx 60 Kw) plasma gun. The coated coupons were tested for leakage by checking water penetration. It was found that water did not penetrate for quite a long time. Therefore, the coupon was further tested for leakage by keeping it over a port connected to vacuum pump. The vacuum attained was 7×10-3 mbar and it was maintained for four consecutive days. The SEM studies on the coated sample showed a quite dense coating along with a very few small local pores.

  18. Study on the characteristics of SOFC operating in constant fuel flow and constant fuel utilization%定燃料流量和定燃料利用率时SOFC发电系统特性研究

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    周念成; 李春艳; 王强钢; 邓浩

    2011-01-01

    The Solid Oxide Fuel Cell generation system model is established ,which operated in constant fuel flow and constant fuel utilization. The steady-state (V-I and P-I) characteristics of the SOFC stack model has been studied, and the effect of fuel flow on the characteristics of SOFC steady-state in constant fuel flow mode has been obtained. Then SOFC stack operated in two different typical modes are applied in the simulation of SOFC-based distributed generation system aiming at changing load and fault condition. By comparing the simulation results, the applicable application sphere of two operation mode are given.%在定燃料输入流量和定燃料利用率两种典型控制方式下,建立了固体氧化物燃料电池(SOFC)发电系统模型.研究了两种控制方式下的固体氧化物燃料电池堆的稳态特性,采用定燃料流量控制方式时考虑了燃料流量对SOFC稳态特性的影响.针对出现负荷改变和故障的情况,分别在两种典型控制模式下对SOFC发电系统进行了仿真,通过对仿真结果的比较,给出了两种控制方式的适用范围.

  19. Fuel cell: new electrocatalysts for SOFC (Solid Oxide Fuel Cells) anodes and regulation between cell performance and catalytic activity; Celula a combustivel: novos eletrocatalisadores para anodos de SOFC (Celulas a Combustivel de Oxido Solido) e correlacao entre desempenho da celula e atividade catalitica

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    Boaventura, Jaime S.; Aguiar, Aurinete B.; Brandao, Soraia T. [Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA), Salvador, BA (Brazil); Frank, Maria Helena Troise; Campos, Michel F. [PETROBRAS, Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2004-07-01

    Electro-catalysts were prepared using new routes. Chemical Ultrasound Deposition (CUD) method: aqueous solution of nickel nitrate and citric acid was ultrasound vaporized and deposited on heated Ytria-stabilized Zirconia (YSZ). Resin impregnation (IPR) method: nickel oxide and YSZ were mixed, added to phenolic resins, precipitated in acidic water and milled. Wet impregnation method (IMP) was used for comparison: YSZ and an aqueous solution of nickel nitrate and citric acid were mixed, followed by evaporation, drying and calcination. The catalysts were evaluated for methane steam reforming in a quartz reactor. The reactions were conducted for one hour with no significant catalytic activity loss. In reactions with 100 mg of catalyst and a mixture consisting of methane and steam (3:1), IPR catalyst showed activity higher and better stability than those by IMP. On other tests, the reform was conducted with 100 mg of catalyst and methane to steam of 10. The IPR catalyst activity was so high that the reaction approached equilibrium conditions. Anode/electrolyte/cathode units (A/E/C) were prepared with the above catalysts as follows: the anode was a catalyst porous layer; the electrolyte an YSZ dense layer; and the cathode an LSM porous layer; graphite powder formed the material porosity. The two first layers, in powder form, were put in a stainless steel cast, pressed to 4000 bars and sinterized. The cathode layer was subsequently added using tape-casting techniques followed by sintering. A/E/C units showed 40% linear contraction and porosity higher than 20%. For fuel cell tests, A/E/C was mounted in alumina plates with platinum current collectors. Unitary SOF cells were loaded with hydrogen diluted in nitrogen showing opened circuit voltage from circa 700 mV, for the CUD anode, to 350 mV, for the IPR anode. The unitary SOFC was loaded with methane for 15 minutes or longer, with no noticeable voltage loss. At 1300 K the SOFC made with IPR or IMP catalysts showed opened

  20. Sealing of ceramic SOFC-components with glass seals; Fuegen von keramischen Komponenten der Hochtemperatur-Brennstoffzellen mittels Glas- und Glaskeramikloten

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    Schillig, Cora

    2012-07-10

    The solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) converts chemical energy of a fuel directly into electrical energy. However, for the implementation of SOFC-technology in competition to conventional power plants costs have to be reduced. The use of an alternative tubular cell design without closed end would allow reducing costs during cell manufacturing. However, this change in design makes a gastight sealing inside the generator near the gas inlet necessary. Different ceramic materials with varying coefficients of thermal expansion have to be sealed gastight and electrical insulating at temperatures between 850 C and 1000 C to prevent the gases from mixing and an electrical shortcut between the cells. This work comprises analysis of commercially available glass and glass-ceramic systems manufactured by Schott Electronic Packaging, Areva T and D and Ferro Corporation. Additionally new developed sealing glass and glass-ceramic systems were investigated and all systems were characterized fundamentally for the use as sealing material in SOFC generators. Therefore different test assemblies and series were conducted. Essential characteristics of a suitable sealing system are a thermal expansion coefficient between 9,5 and 12 . 10{sup -6}K{sup -1}, a viscosity in the range between 10{sup 4} to 10{sup 6} dPa{sup *}s and a wetting angle smaller than 90 during the sealing process. Also unwanted chemical side reactions between the sealing partners must be prevented, because a change in the phase composition or the creation of new phases in the sealing material could endanger the stability of the seal. Heat cycles, particularly those during generator operation, cause deterioration of the sealing material and subsequent reduction in its ability to prevent mixing of the gases. Sealant leaks can drastically impact efficiency of the generator. In order to ensure optimum operation low leak rates around 2,3 . 10{sup -4} mbar l/sec/cm{sup 2} must be maintained. Especially glass and glass

  1. Performance and life-time behaviour of NiCu-CGO anodes for the direct electro-oxidation of methane in IT-SOFCs

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    Sin, A.; Kopnin, E.; Dubitsky, Y.; Zaopo, A.; Aricò, A. S.; La Rosa, D.; Gullo, L. R.; Antonucci, V.

    An anodic cermet of NiCu alloy and gadolinia doped ceria has been investigated for CH 4 electro-oxidation in IT-SOFCs. Polarization curves have been recorded in the temperature range from 650 to 800 °C. A maximum power density of 320 mW cm -2 at 800 °C has been obtained in the presence of dry methane in an electrolyte-supported cell. The electrochemical behaviour during 1300 h operation in dry methane and in the presence of redox-cycles has been investigated at 750 °C; variation of the electrochemical properties during these experiments have been interpreted in terms of anode morphology modifications. The methane cracking process at the anode catalyst has been investigated by analysing the oxidative stripping of deposited carbon species.

  2. Performance and life-time behaviour of NiCu-CGO anodes for the direct electro-oxidation of methane in IT-SOFCs

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    Sin, A.; Kopnin, E.; Dubitsky, Y.; Zaopo, A. [Pirelli Labs S.p.A., Viale Sarca 222, I-20126 Milan (Italy); Arico, A.S.; La Rosa, D.; Gullo, L.R.; Antonucci, V. [CNR-ITAE, Via Salita Santa Lucia Sopra Contesse 5, I-98125 Messina (Italy)

    2007-01-10

    An anodic cermet of NiCu alloy and gadolinia doped ceria has been investigated for CH{sub 4} electro-oxidation in IT-SOFCs. Polarization curves have been recorded in the temperature range from 650 to 800{sup o}C. A maximum power density of 320mWcm{sup -2} at 800{sup o}C has been obtained in the presence of dry methane in an electrolyte-supported cell. The electrochemical behaviour during 1300h operation in dry methane and in the presence of redox-cycles has been investigated at 750{sup o}C; variation of the electrochemical properties during these experiments have been interpreted in terms of anode morphology modifications. The methane cracking process at the anode catalyst has been investigated by analysing the oxidative stripping of deposited carbon species. (author)

  3. Bonding characteristics of glass seal/metallic interconnect for SOFC applications: Comparative study on chemical and mechanical properties of the interface

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    Abdoli, Hamid; Alizadeh, Parvin; Boccaccini, Dino;

    Glass and glass–ceramics have been extensively used as seal material in planar solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stack. The main objective of the present work was to investigate the joining properties of a silicate based glass-ceramic as seal material with two different ferritic stainless alloys...... as interconnect, i.e. SS430 and Crofer 22APU. For a straight-forward approach to evaluate sealing materials, sandwiched samples will allow interfacial strength measurements and macroscopic overview on the interfacial situation of a glass–ceramic material. A convenient method for determining the interfacial...... fracture energies is double cantilever beam (DCB) test. The method allows to measure the crack-growth resistance of these materials to be able to use fracture mechanics design methods. Stable crack growth is necessary to get reliable and unambiguous fracture toughness data. If the fracture toughness values...

  4. On the stability of Sr-doped La{sub 2}CuO{sub 4} against different electrolytes for IT-SOFCs

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    Ruiz-Bustos, R.; Santos-Garcia, A.J. dos; Sanchez-Bautista, C. [Instituto de Energias Renovables, Parque Cientifico y Tecnologico de Albacete, Paseo de la Investigacion 1, 02006 Albacete (Spain); Cantos-Gomez, A.; Duijn, J. van [Instituto de Energias Renovables, Universidad de Castilla La Mancha, Paseo de la Investigacion 1, 02006 Albacete (Spain)

    2011-02-15

    The thermal stability of the cathode material against an electrolyte at the operating temperature plays an important role in the fuel cell's performance. As such, compatibility tests of the most common used electrolytes with La{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} have been performed. The chemical reaction between these two materials in the temperature ranging from 800 to 1,000 C was examined by X-ray diffraction analyses. The results show that in all the cases there is reaction above 925 C, making conventional cell fabrication non-appropriate. However, we demonstrate that infiltration is a useful technique for obtaining cuprate cermets for use as cathode materials in IT-SOFCs. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  5. SOFC建模与控制策略的研究现状与发展%Research status and development of modeling and controlling for SOFC

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    霍海波; 朱新坚; 曹广益

    2007-01-01

    简单介绍了固体氧化物燃料电池(SOFC)的单体结构类型和工作原理;然后详细介绍SOFC的电极、单电池、电堆、系统四个层次的建模以及SOFC控制的研究现状,并指出现有模型的不足;接着讨论SOFC电池数学建模的发展方向;最后,针对SOFC系统的非线性、大时滞、多输入多输出和随机干扰等特征,提出了几种适宜的控制方案.

  6. Bi2O3-Based Solid Electrolyte for SOFC%固体氧化物燃料电池氧化铋基电解质

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    王明媚; 唐安江

    2013-01-01

    固体氧化物燃料电池(SOFC)是一种高效、环保的发电装置,中低温化是SOFC研究的趋势,而中低温条件下高性能的电解质又是SOFC发展的关键.本文综述了SOFC中Bi2O3基电解质的概况,概述了Bi2O3的应用领域及作为中低温电解质所具有的特殊性质,简要介绍了Bi2O3单掺杂的二元体系和双掺杂的三元体系的研究成果,并提出现阶段存在的问题.

  7. 以SOFC为发电设备的热泵型BCCHP系统%HEAT PUMP TYPE BCCHP SYSTEM BASED ON SOFC

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    赵玺灵; 付林; 张世钢

    2009-01-01

    针对目前建筑冷热电联供系统发电设备效率低和余热利用方式不当造成能耗偏高的现状,提出了一种以固体氧化物燃料电池为发电设备的热泵型BCCHP系统,介绍了该系统的运行原理及结构配置特点,通过对系统组件的建模、模拟与集成,以一个80kW电力需求的用户为例进行实例研究,实例表明:在设计工况下,热泵型SOFC-BCCHP系统冬季的发电效率、供热效率分别为46.3%、51.9%,夏季系统的发电效率、供冷效率分别为46.3%、32.5%,系统的综合效率均较传统系统有明显提高,是高效的能源转换方式与高效的能源利用方式的综合,具有一定的推广价值.%Nowadays, the energy consumption of the Building Combined Cooling, Heating and Power system( BCCHP) is higher comparatively because that the lower efficiency of the power generation device or the inappropriate use of waste heat. A heat pump type Solid Oxide Fuel Cell(SOFC) Building Combined Cooling, Heating and Power system was put forward aimed at the situation, which uses the SOFC as power generation device and uses the absorption heat pump to recover the latent heat of waste heat. The system's operation principle and schematic configuration was introduced, and the system' s performance is studied through the modelling and simulation of different facilities in the system. A case study is done based on a 80kW consumer, and it is shown that, the electric efficiency and thermal efficiency could be 46.3% and 51.9% in winter and the electric efficiency and cooling efficiency could be 46.3% and 51.9% in summer on the design condition, that is, the comprehensive efficiency of heat pump type SOFC-BCCHP system is improved com-pared with conventional BCCHP system. The system makes up the deficiency of conventional system, and it is the inte-gration of high efficiency energy conversion type with high efficiency energy utilization method. The research work has the significance of energy

  8. On the Predictions of Carbon Deposition on the Nickel Anode of a SOFC and Its Impact on Open-Circuit Conditions

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    Lee, W. Y.

    2012-12-04

    Previous thermodynamic analyses of carbon formation in SOFCs assumed that graphite could be used to represent the properties of carbon formed in the anode. It is generally observed, however, that catalytically grown carbon nanofibers (CNF) are more likely to form in the SOFC anode with nickel catalysts. The energetic and entropic properties of CNF are different from those of graphite.We compare equilibrium results based on thermochemical properties for graphite, to new results based on a previously reported value of an empirically determined Gibbs free energy for carbon fibers grown on a nickel support (with fitted values of H°CNF = 54.46 kJ/mol and S°CNF = 68.90 J/mol/K for a nickel crystal size of 5.4 nm). There is little difference in predictions of carbon formation under open-circuit conditions between the two carbon types for methane mixtures, with graphite predicted to form at lower temperatures than CNF. There is a much bigger difference in predictions for methanol mixtures, especially at low steam-carbon ratios. The differences for propane are even more pronounced, and the improved predictions assuming CNF are in closer agreement with past observations.We show a strong dependence of CNF formation and "coking threshold" on nickel crystallite size, supporting previous reports that the nickel particle size is a dominating parameter for controlling filament growth. If both carbon types are included in the calculations, only the thermodynamically favored form (i.e., the type having the lowest formation energy) exists. Predicted Nernst potentials are more-or-less independent of the carbon type and in agreement with measured open-circuit voltages. © 2012 The Electrochemical Society.

  9. Analysis of equilibrium and kinetic models of internal reforming on solid oxide fuel cell anodes: Effect on voltage, current and temperature distribution

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    Ahmed, Khaliq; Fӧger, Karl

    2017-03-01

    The SOFC is well-established as a high-efficiency energy conversion technology with demonstrations of micro-CHP systems delivering 60% net electrical efficiency [1]. However, there are key challenges in the path to commercialization. Foremost among them is stack durability. Operating at high temperatures, the SOFC invariably suffers from thermally induced material degradation. This is compounded by thermal stresses within the SOFC stack which are generated from a number of interacting factors. Modelling is used as a tool for predicting undesirable temperature and current density gradients. For an internal reforming SOFC, fidelity of the model is strongly linked to the representation of the fuel reforming reactions, which dictate species concentrations and net heat release. It is critical for simulation of these profiles that the set of reaction rate expressions applicable for the particular anode catalyst are chosen in the model. A relatively wide spectrum of kinetic correlations has been reported in the literature. This work presents a comparative analysis of the internal distribution of temperature, current, voltage and compositions on a SOFC anode, using various combinations of reaction kinetics and equilibrium expressions for the reactions. The results highlight the significance of the fuel reforming chemistry and kinetics in the prediction of cell performance.

  10. Effect of samarium doped ceria nanoparticles impregnation on the performance of anode supported SOFC with(Pr_(0.7)Ca_(0.3))_(0.9)MnO_(3-δ) cathode

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    熊麟; 王绍荣; 王振荣; 温珽琏

    2010-01-01

    Solid oxide fuel cell(SOFC) electrodes,after a high temperature sintering,may be impregnated to deposit nanoparticles within their pores to enhance the catalytic function.Samarium doped CeO2(SDC) nanoparticles were infiltrated into(Pr0.7Ca0.3)0.9MnO3-δ(PCM) cathode of anode supported SOFC cells.The cell with 2.6 mg/cm2 SDC impregnated in cathode showed the maximum power density of 580 mW/cm2 compared with 310 mW/cm2 of the cell without impregnation at 850 °C.The cells were also characterized with the impeda...

  11. Development of the SOFC Power Generation of the Distributed Power Supply and the Waste Heat Supply Unit%分散电源的SOFC发电及废热供暖装置的开发

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    王春云

    2001-01-01

    @@ SOFC(Solid Oxide Fuel Cell)是以固体氧化物氧化锆为电解质的固体氧化物燃料电池.工作温度约1000℃,毋须燃料改质装置,且可有效利用高温排热,是理想的发电及放热供暖装置.

  12. Singler-chamber SOFCs based on gadolinia doped ceria operated on methane and propane; Pilas de combustible de una sola camara, basadas en electrolitos de ceria dopada con gadolinia y operadas con metano y propano

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    Morales, M.; Roa, J. J.; Capdevila, X. G.; Segarra, M.; Pinol, S.

    2010-07-01

    The main advantages of single-chamber solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) respect to dual-chamber SOFCs, are to simplify the device design and to operate in mixtures of hydrocarbon (methane, propane...) and air, with no separation between fuel and oxidant. However, this design requires the use of selective electrodes for the fuel oxidation and the oxidant reduction. In this work, electrolyte-supported SOFCs were fabricated using gadolinia doped ceria (GDC) as the electrolyte, Ni + GDC as the anode and LSC(La{sub 0}.5Sr{sub 0}.5CoO{sub 3}-{delta})-GDC-Ag{sub 2}O as the cathode. The electrical properties of the cell were determined in mixtures of methane + air and propane + air. The influence of temperature, gas composition and total flow rate on the fuel cell performance was investigated. As a result, the power density was strongly increased with increasing temperature, total flow rate and hydrocarbon composition. Under optimized gas compositions and total flow conditions, power densities of 70 and 320 mW/cm{sup 2} operating on propane at a temperature of 600 degree centigrade and methane (795 degree centigrade) were obtained, respectively. (Author)

  13. A redox-stable direct-methane solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) with Sr2FeNb0.2Mo0.8O6-δ double perovskite as anode material

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    Ding, Hanping; Tao, Zetian; Liu, Shun; Yang, Yating

    2016-09-01

    Development of high-performing and redox-stable ceramic oxide electrode materials is a crucial technical step for direct hydrocarbon solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) operating at intermediate temperatures (550-700 °C). Here we report a nickel-free double perovskite, Sr2FeNb0.2Mo0.8O6-δ (SFNM20), for SOFC anode, and this anode shows outstanding performances with high resistance against carbon build-up and redox cycling in hydrocarbon fuels. At 800 °C, the SFNM20 anode shows electrical conductivity of 5.3 S cm-1 in 5% H2 and peak power densities of 520 and 380 mW cm-2 using H2 and CH4 as the fuel, respectively. The cell exhibits a very stable performance under different constant current loads in H2 and CH4 at 700 °C and high redox stability against the gas environment changes in the anode chamber. In addition, the electrode is structurally stable in various fuels, suggesting that it is a feasible material candidate for the electrode of high-performing SOFCs.

  14. Mathematical model of a plate fin heat exchanger operating under solid oxide fuel cell working conditions

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    Kaniowski, Robert; Poniewski, Mieczysław

    2013-12-01

    Heat exchangers of different types find application in power systems based on solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). Compact plate fin heat exchangers are typically found to perfectly fit systems with power output under 5 kWel. Micro-combined heat and power (micro-CHP) units with solid oxide fuel cells can exhibit high electrical and overall efficiencies, exceeding 85%, respectively. These values can be achieved only when high thermal integration of a system is assured. Selection and sizing of heat exchangers play a crucial role and should be done with caution. Moreover, performance of heat exchangers under variable operating conditions can strongly influence efficiency of the complete system. For that reason, it becomes important to develop high fidelity mathematical models allowing evaluation of heat exchangers under modified operating conditions, in high temperature regimes. Prediction of pressure and temperatures drops at the exit of cold and hot sides are important for system-level studies. Paper presents dedicated mathematical model used for evaluation of a plate fin heat exchanger, operating as a part of micro-CHP unit with solid oxide fuel cells.

  15. Synthesis and characterization of Ce{sub 1-x}SmXO{sub 2-(x/2)} as solid electrolyte for application in IT-SOFCs; Sintese e caracterizacao de Ce{sub 1-x}SmXO{sub 2-(x/2)} como eletrolito solido para aplicacao em IT-SOFCs

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    Nicodemo, J.P.; Martinelli, A.E.; Nascimento, R.M. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (DECM/UFRN), Natal, RN (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia de Materiais], e-mail: juli_pivotto@yahoo.com.br; Melo, D.M.A. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (DQ/UFRN), Natal, RN (Brazil). Dept. de Quimica; Cela, B. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (PPGCEM/UFRN), Natal, RN (Brazil). Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Ciencia e Engenharia de Materiais; Macedo, D.A. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (PPGEM/UFRN), Natal, RN (Brazil). Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Engenharia Mecanica

    2008-07-01

    Mixed rare earth doped CeO{sub 2} oxide-based have been extensively studied for use in solid electrolytes for fuel cells. Ceramics-based CeO{sub 2} have high ionic conductivity and enable the operation of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) in intermediate temperatures, in the range of 500 to 750 deg C. In this work, was investigated the Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} doped CeO{sub 2} by Pechini method to obtain Ce{sub 0,9}Sm{sub 0,1}O{sub 1,95}. The resulting powders were characterized by the chemical composition (EDS) and crystallographic (XRD), thermal analysis (TG/ATD and DTG), and particles morphology (SEM). After calcinations of 500 and 700 deg C for 2 hours were obtained nanosized powders with crystalline structure of cubic phase type fluorite fully formed. (author)

  16. Analysis of the impact of Heat-to-Power Ratio for a SOFC-based mCHP system for residential application under different climate regions in Europe

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    Liso, Vincenzo; Zhao, Yingru; Brandon, Nigel;

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, the ability of a micro combined heat and power (mCHP) system to cover the heat and electricity demand of a single-family residence is investigated. A solid oxide fuel cell based mCHP system coupled with a hot water storage tank is analyzed. The energy profiles of single-family hous......In this paper, the ability of a micro combined heat and power (mCHP) system to cover the heat and electricity demand of a single-family residence is investigated. A solid oxide fuel cell based mCHP system coupled with a hot water storage tank is analyzed. The energy profiles of single......-family households in different European countries are evaluated. The range of Heat-to-Power Ratio for the SOFC based mCHP System of 0.5 to 1.5 shows good agreement with the hot water, space heating and electricity demand during the warm seasons across Europe. This suggests that the fuel cell system should be sized...... according to the summer energy demand. The winter energy demand shows a Heat-to-Power Ratio which cannot be covered by the mCHP unit alone. To ensure that the mCHP system meets both the thermal and electrical energy demand over the entire year, an auxiliary boiler and a hot water storage tank need...

  17. Internal reforming over nickel/zirconia anodes in SOFCS operating on methane: influence of anode formulation, pre-treatment and operating conditions

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    Finnerty, C.M.; Ormerod, R.M. [Birchall Centre of Inorganic Chemistry and Materials Science, Department of Chemistry, Keele Univ. (United Kingdom)

    2000-03-01

    Internal methane reforming over nickel/zirconia cermet anodes has been studied in detail using a thin-walled extruded zirconia tubular SOFC reactor. The influence of anode formulation, anode pre-treatment, operating temperature and methane/steam ratio on the reforming characteristics, resistance to carbon deposition and durability of the anode have been investigated under actual operating conditions. Post-reaction TPO has been used to determine the amount of carbon deposition and its strength of interaction with the anode. A 90-vol.% nickel/zirconia anode shows higher activity than a 50-vol.% Ni anode at higher reforming temperatures, and shows very good durability. Pre-reducing the anodes in H{sub 2} at 1173 K leads to a more active reforming catalyst. Carbon is removed from the anodes in two processes during TPO, suggesting two types of carbon species. As the reforming temperature increases both carbon types are removed at higher temperature, and there is an increase in the relative population of the more strongly bound form of carbon. (orig.)

  18. Fabrication and performance of La0.8Sr0.2MnO3/YSZ graded composite cathodes for SOFC

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    SUN Kening; PIAO Jinhua; ZHANG Naiqing; CHEN Xinbing; XU Shen; ZHOU Derui

    2008-01-01

    The performance of multi-layer (1-x)La0.8Sr0.2MnO3/xYSZ graded composite cathodes was studied as electrode materials for intermediate solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). The thermal expansion coefficient, electrical conductivity, and electrochemical performance of multi-layer composite cathodes were investigated. The thermal expansion coefficient and electrical conductivity decreased with the increase in YSZ content. The (1-x)La0.8Sr0.2MnO3/xYSZ composite cathode greatly increased the length of the active triple phase boundary line (TPBL) among electrode, electrolyte, and gas phase, leading to a decrease in polarization resistance and an increase in polarization current density. The polarization current density of the triple-layer graded composite cathode (0.77 A/cm2) was the highest and that of the monolayer cathode (0.13 A/cm2) was the lowest. The polarization resistance (Rp) of the triple-layer graded composite cathode was only 0.182Ω·cm2 and that of the monolayer composite cathode was 0.323Ω·cm2. The power density of the triple-layer graded composite cathode was the highest and that of the monolayer composite cathode was the lowest. The triple-layer graded composite cathode had superior performance.

  19. Modeling for electric characteristic of SOFC based on LS-SVM%基于最小二乘支持向量机的SOFC电特性建模

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    霍海波; 朱新坚; 曹广益

    2007-01-01

    针对现有的固体氧化物燃料电池(SOFC)模型过于复杂的弊端,提出了一种基于最小二乘支持向量机(LS-SVM)的建模方法,用具有径向基函数(RBF)核函数的LS-SVM建立了SOFC电堆的非线性模型.应用仿真对建模的有效性和精度进行了检验,并与径向基函数神经网络(RBFNN)模型的辨识效果进行了比较.仿真结果证明,与RBFNN模型相比,LS-SVM模型具有较高的预测精度,这表明用LS-SVM对SOFC电堆进行建模是可行的.该LS-SVM模型的建立,对SOFC系统控制策略的研究具有一定的实用价值.

  20. Effects of La0.8 Sr0.2 Mn (Fe) O3- δ Protective Coatings on SOFC Metallic Interconnects

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    2006-01-01

    SUS430 (16% ~ 17% (mass fraction) Cr) can be used as interconnects for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) that operate at lower temperatures ( < 800 ℃ ). However, oxidation of steel can occur readily at elevated temperatures leading to the formation of Cr2O3 and spinel (Fe3O4) and thus greatly degrades the performance of the fuel cell. The aim of this work was to reduce oxide growth, in particular, the Cr2O3 phase, through the application of Lao.8Sr0.2MnO3-δ(L SM20) and La0.8Sr0.2FeO3- δ (LSF20) coatings by atmospheric plasma spraying technology (APS). Oxide growth was characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with an energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analyzer. During oxidation of fifty 20 h cycles at 800 ℃ in air, the samples with coatings remained very stable,whereas significant spallation and weight loss were observed for the uncoated steel. LSF20 presents apparently advantages in reducing oxidation growth, interface resistance and inhibition of diffusion of chromium. After exposure in air at 800 ℃for 1000 h, the interfacial resistance of LSF20-coated alloy is lowered by more than 23 times to that of LSM20-coated layer.

  1. Effect of PEG additive on anode microstructure and cell performance of anode-supported MT-SOFCs fabricated by phase inversion method

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    Ren, Cong; Liu, Tong; Maturavongsadit, Panita; Luckanagul, Jittima Amie; Chen, Fanglin

    2015-04-01

    Anode-supported micro-tubular solid oxide fuel cells (MT-SOFCs) have been fabricated by phase inversion method. For the anode support preparation, N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP), polyethersulfone (PESf) and poly ethylene glycol (PEG) were applied as solvent, polymer binder and additive, respectively. The effect of molecular weight and amount of PEG additive on the thermodynamics of the casting solutions was characterized by measuring the coagulation value. Viscosity of the casting slurries was also measured and the influence of PEG additive on viscosity was studied and discussed. The presence of PEG in the casting slurry can significantly influence the final anode support microstructure. Based on the microstructure result and the measured gas permeation value, two anode supports were selected for cell fabrication. For cell with the anode support fabricated using slurry with PEG additive, a maximum cell power density of 704 mW cm-2 is obtained at 750 °C with humidified hydrogen as fuel and ambient air as oxidant; cell fabricated without any PEG additive shows the peak cell power density of 331 mW cm-2. The relationship between anode microstructure and cell performance was discussed.

  2. Análise termodinâmica de um ciclo de potência com célula a combustível sofc e turbina a vapor - DOI: 10.4025/actascitechnol.v28i1.1287

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    Alexandre Sordi

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste artigo foi realizar a análise termodinâmica de um sistema híbrido, SOFC / ST (célula a combustível tipo SOFC e turbina a vapor ST. O combustível considerado para a análise foi o gás metano (biogás produzido por meio da digestão anaeróbica de resíduos orgânicos. A metodologia utilizada foi o balanço de energia do sistema SOFC / ST, considerando a reforma interna do metano na célula a combustível, de forma a obter a sua eficiência elétrica. O resultado foi comparado a um ciclo combinado convencional de turbina a gás e turbina a vapor (GT / ST para potências entre 10 MW e 30 MW. A eficiência do sistema híbrido SOFC / ST variou de 61% a 66% em relação ao poder calorífico do metano; e a eficiência do ciclo combinado GT / ST variou de 41% a 55% para o mesmo intervalo de potência. Para geração distribuída a célula a combustível SOFC é a tecnologia mais eficiente.

  3. Synergistic effects of Ni 1- xCo x-YSZ and Ni 1- xCu x-YSZ alloyed cermet SOFC anodes for oxidation of hydrogen and methane fuels containing H 2S

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    Grgicak, Catherine M.; Pakulska, Malgosia M.; O'Brien, Julie S.; Giorgi, Javier B.

    Preparation and performance of bimetallic Ni (1- x)Co x-YSZ and Ni (1- x)Cu x-YSZ anodes were tested to overcome common deficiencies of carbon and sulfur poisoning in SOFCs. Ni 1- xCo xO-YSZ and Ni (1- x)Cu xO-YSZ precursors were synthesized via co-precipitation of their respective chlorides. Single cell solid oxide fuel cells of these bimetallic anodes were tested in H 2, CH 4, and H 2S/CH 4 fuel mixtures. Addition of Cu 2+ into the NiO lattice resulted in large metal particle sizes and decreased SOFC performance. Addition of Co 2+ into the NiO lattice to form Ni 0.92Co 0.08O-YSZ anode precursor produced a cermet with a large BET surface area and active metal surface area, thus increasing the rate of hydrogen oxidation for this sample. The performance of both bimetallics was found to quickly degrade in dry CH 4 due to carbon deposition and lifting of the anode from the electrolyte. However, Ni 0.69Co 0.31-YSZ showed superior activity in a 10% (v/v) H 2S/CH 4 fuel mixture, surpassing performance with H 2 fuel, thereby demonstrating the exciting prospect of using sulfidated Ni (1- x)Co x-YSZ as SOFC anodes in sulfur containing methane streams. The active anode becomes a sulfidated alloy (Ni-Co-S) under operating conditions. This anode showed enhanced performance, which surpassed those of sulfidated Ni and Co anodes, thereby suggesting a synergistic behaviour in the Ni-Co-S anode.

  4. The influence of a-site-deficiency on the performance of strontium doped lanthanum-manganate perovskite type SOFC-cathodes

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    Weber, A.; Ivers-Tiffee, E. [Univ. Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe (Germany); Waser, R. [RWTH Aachen Univ. of Technology, Aachen (Germany); Maenner, R.; Jobst, B.; Schiele, M.; Cerva, H. [Siemens AG, Munich (Germany)

    1996-11-01

    SOFC-cathodes of composition La{sub 80.8-x})Sr{sub 0.2}MnO{sub 3} (LMS) with different La-deficiency X (X=0; 0,05; 0.075 and 0.1) were investigated. The LSM-powders and the sintered cathode layers were analysed by several analytical methods (XRD, SEM, TEM, ICP-OES, ICP-MS, EDX/TEM, HREM and EPMA). The electrical properties of the cathodes were determined by electrical DC-measurements and AC-impedance-spectroscopy during single cell tests at realistic working conditions. All the cathodes showed a significant decrease of the cathode resistance during the first electrical loading of the cell. With increasing La-deficiency X both the initial cathode resistance and the extent of the reduction decreased. After an operation time of some days, the different cells showed nearly the same cathode-performance. A maximum current density of about 1 A/cm{sup 2} at 0.7 V cell voltage at an operation temperature of 950 deg. C using O{sub 2} as the oxidant and H{sub 2} as the fuel (20 % fuel utilisation) was achieved. The microstructure analysis of the cathode layers before and after operation showed, that the decrease of the cathode resistance was attributed to an alternation process occurring at the cathode/electrolyte interface. In case of the cathode without La-deficiency, a decomposition of a lanthanum-zirconate- (La{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7}) layer between cathode and electrolyte, which emerged during sintering, was observed. (au)

  5. Modelling of a CHP SOFC system fed with biogas from anaerobic digestion of municipal waste integrated with solar collectors and storage unit

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    Domenico Borello

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The paradigm of the sustainable energy community is recognized as the future energy approach due to its economical, technical and environmental benefits. Future systems should integrate renewable energy systems applying a “community-scale” approach to maximize energy performances, while minimizing environmental impacts. Efforts have to be directed toward the promotion of integrated technical systems needed to expand the use of renewable energy resources, to build sustainable local and national energy networks, to guarantee distribution systems for urban facilities and to reduce pollution. In this framework poly-generation is a promising design perspective, for building and district scale applications, in particular where different types of energy demand are simultaneously present and when sufficient energy intensity justifies investments in smart grids and district heating networks. In situ anaerobic digestion of biomass and organic waste has the potential to provide sustainable distributed generation of electric power together with a viable solution for the disposal of municipal solid wastes. A thermal recovery system can provide the heat required for district-heating. The system analysed is a waste-to-energy combined heat and power (CHP generation plant that perfectly fits in the sustainable energy community paradigm. The power system is divided in the following sections: a a mesophilic - single phase anaerobic digestion of Organic Fraction of Municipal Solid Waste for biogas production; b a fuel treatment section with desulphurizer and pre-reformer units; c a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC for CHP production; d a solar collector integrated system(integrated storage system - ISS. An integrated TRNSYS/ASPEN Plus model for simulating the power system behaviour during a typical reference period (day or year was developed and presented. The proposed ISS consists of a solar collector integrated with storage systems system designed to

  6. Electrochemical properties of La0.8Sr0.2FeO3-δbased composite cathode for intermediate temperature SOFC

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    ZHANG Naiqing; SUN Kening; JIA Dechang; ZHOU Derui

    2006-01-01

    La0.8Sr0.2FeO3-δ is a new kind of cathode material for intermediate SOFC, but its electrochemical activity is relative poor for the lanthanum gallate based solid oxide fuel cell. In this paper, a novel composite cathode of La0.8Sr0.2FeO3-δ/La0.9 Sr0.1Ga0.8Mg0.2O3-δ was prepared on the LSGM electrolyte substrate by screen-printing method. The results of cathodic polarization measurements show that the overpotential decreases significantly when the composite cathode is used instead of the La0.8Sr0.2FeO3-δ single layer cathode. The cathodic overpotential of the composite La0.8Sr0.2FeO3-δ/La0.9Sr0.1Ga0.8 Mg0.2O3-δ cathode is 150 mV at the current density of 0.2 A·m-2 at 800 ℃, while the cathodic overpotential of the La0.8 Sr0.2 FeO3-δ single layer cathode is higher thaN260 mV at the same condition. The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy was employed to investigate the polarization resistance of the cathode. The polarization resistance of the composite cathode is 1.20 Ω·m2 in open circuit condition, while the value of the single La0.8 Sr0.2 FeO3-δ cathode is 1.235 Ω·m2.

  7. Fabricación y caracterización eléctrica de pilas de combustible de óxido sólido (SOFCs) de geometría microtubular basadas en electrolitos de ceria dopada

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    Cabezas Ibars, David

    2014-01-01

    Las pilas de combustible de óxido sólido (SOFC) se han convertido en una prometedora alternativa a los sistemas de producción de electricidad actuales, ya que consiguen eficiencias relativamente elevadas, así como bajas emisiones contaminantes, tóxicas y acústicas. En los últimos años, se han planteado diversos retos tales como la reducción de la temperatura de operación, de los gradientes térmicos y la mejora del sellado de las cámaras, lo cual hace posible el uso de interconectores más econ...

  8. Discussion on the degradation of SOFC and its fast judgement%固体氧化物燃料电池失效快速判断机理探讨

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    谢德明

    2006-01-01

    在简单综述了导致固体氧化物燃料电池(Solid Oxide Fuel Cell,SOFC)失效的主要原因的基础上,探讨了采用实验室模拟加速的实验研究和材料损伤演化动力学与计算机模拟的理论研究来对SOFC的失效进行快速判断的可行性.

  9. B-Site Metal (Pd, Pt, Ag, Cu, Zn, Ni) Promoted La1−xSrxCo1−yFeyO3–δ Perovskite Oxides as Cathodes for IT-SOFCs

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    Shaoli Guo; Hongjing Wu; Fabrizio Puleo; Leonarda F. Liotta

    2015-01-01

    Perovskite oxides La1−xSrxCo1−yFeyO3–δ (LSCF) have been extensively investigated and developed as cathode materials for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs) due to mixed ionic–electronic conductivity and high electrooxygen reduction activity for oxygen reduction. Recent literature investigations show that cathode performances can be improved by metal surface modification or B-site substitution on LSCF. Although the specific reaction mechanism needs to be further investi...

  10. Electrochemical characterization of La0.6Ca0.4Fe0.8Ni0.2O3 cathode on Ce0.8Gd0.2O1.9 electrolyte for IT-SOFC

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    Ortiz-Vitoriano, N.; Bernuy-Lopez, C.; Hauch, Anne;

    2014-01-01

    has shown potential as an intermediate temperature SOFC cathode. An equivalent circuit describing the cathode polarization resistances was constructed from analyzing impedance spectra recorded at different temperatures in oxygen. A competitive electrode polarization resistance is reported...... for this oxygen electrode using a Ce0.8Gd0.2O1.9 electrolyte, determined by impedance spectroscopy studies of symmetrical cells sintered at 800 _C and 1000 _C. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) studies of the symmetrical cells revealed the absence of any reaction layer between cathode and electrolyte...

  11. Fuel cells: new technology of natural gas for energetical building; Pilas de combustible: nueva tecnologia de gas natural para edificios energeticamente autoabastecidos

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    Gutierrez, A. M.

    2000-07-01

    Fuel Cells have emerged in the last decade as one of the most promising new and sustainable natural gas technologies for meeting the energy needs of all the economy sectors into the 21st century. Fuel Cells are an environmentally clean, quiet, and highly efficient method for generating electricity and heat from natural gas. A fuel cell is an electrochemical device that converts the chemical energy of a fuel directly to usable energy (electricity and heat) without combustion. For this reason, the application and use of the fuel cell technology may be the most important technological advancement of the next century. At the beginning of the 2000 year Sociedad de Gas de Euskadi, s. a. started a demonstration project in favour of the high-temperature planar solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) for domestic micro-CHP utilization. This type is certainly most exacting from the materials standpoint, and it offers the advantage of uncomplicated fuel pretreatment. (Author)

  12. Policy schemes, operational strategies and system integration of residential co-generation fuel cells

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    Hansen, Lise-Lotte Pade; Schröder, Sascha Thorsten; Münster, Marie;

    2013-01-01

    a heat-driven strategy, with and without time-differentiated tariffs, and an electricity price driven strategy for the operation as a virtual power plant. The corresponding support schemes identified cover feed-in tariffs, net metering and feed-in premiums. Additionally, the interplay of the micro......This study presents a holistic approach for the commercialisation of fuel cells for stationary applications. We focus our analyses on microCHP based on SOFC units fired with natural gas. We analyse the interaction of operational strategies under different ownership arrangements, required support...... levels and system integration aspects. The operational strategies, support mechanisms and ownership arrangements have been identified through actor analysis involving experts from Denmark, France and Portugal. With regard to operational strategies, the actor analyses led us to distinguishing between...

  13. Modeling and Simulation of SOFC-UC Hybrid Power System%燃料电池—超级电容联合发电系统的建模与仿真

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    黄捷; 柷得治; 李想; 邓忠华; 李曦

    2012-01-01

    The research of hybrid generation system of the SOFC (solid oxide fuel cell)-UC (ultra-capacitor) is indispensable to generation system operation and practical application. This paper analyzes the structure and functions of the hybrid system. Based on the load tracking issues, it designs model predictive control (MPC)-bascd power management system and establishes the Matlab/Simulink model of the whole hybrid power system. The simulation result verifies that the SOFC-UC hybrid system is practical and effective.%研究固体氧化物燃料电池一超级电容联合发电系统是实现发电系统良好运行、成功应用于实际不可或缺的环节,在分析联合发电系统作用及结构的基础上,针对系统负载跟踪问题设计了以模型预测控制算法为基础的电管理系统,在Matlab/Simulink环境下搭建相应模型并进行测试验证.结果表明,该设计有效、可靠.

  14. Influence of Cr deficiency on sintering, thermal expansion and electrical properties of La0.75Sr0.25Cr1-xO3-δ as a SOFC interconnect material

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    Ren, Yi; Ma, Wen; Li, Xiaoying; Wang, Jun; Bai, Yu; Dong, Hongying

    2016-04-01

    The SOFC interconnect materials La0.75Sr0.25Cr1-xO3-δ (x = 0-0.04) were prepared using an auto-ignition process. The influences of Cr deficiency on their sintering, thermal expansion and electrical properties were investigated. All the samples were pure perovskite phase after sintering at 1400∘C for 4 h. The cell volume of La0.75Sr0.25Cr1-xO3-δ decreased with increasing Cr deficient content. The relative density of the sintered bulk samples increased from 93.2% (x = 0) to a maximum value of 94.7% (x = 0.02) and then decreased to 87.7% (x = 0.04). The thermal expansion coefficients of the sintered bulk samples were in the range of 10.60-10.98 × 10-6K-1 (30-1000∘C), which are compatible with that of YSZ. Among the investigated samples, the sample with 0.02 Cr deficiency had a maximum conductivity of 40.4 Scm-1 and the lowest Seebeck coefficient of 154.8 μVK-1 at 850∘C in pure He. The experimental results indicate that La0.75Sr0.25Cr0.98O3-δ has the best properties and is much suitable for SOFC interconnect material application.

  15. 基于改进的GRNN的固体氧化物燃料电池辨识模型研究%Identification model for SOFC based on improved GRNN

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    吴大中; 吴丽华

    2013-01-01

    固体氧化物燃料电池(SOFC)作为一种新的能源形式,日益受到重视.针对SOFC系统过于复杂,现有的理论电压模型存在明显不足的特点,绕开了SOFC的内部复杂性,利用经过粒子群算法(PSO)优化的广义回归神经网络(GRNN)对SOFC系统进行辨识建模.以氢气流速为神经网络辨识模型的输入量,电流/电压为输出量,建立SOFC在不同氢气流速下的电池电流/电压动态响应模型.仿真结果表明所建模型能基本表示出SOFC系统的电流/电压的动态响应,说明利用GRNN建模的有效性,所建模型精度也较高.

  16. Structural and electrochemical characterization of BaCe0.7Zr0.2Y0.05Zn0.05O3 as an electrolyte for SOFC-H

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    Afif, Ahmed; Radenahmad, Nikdalila; Lim, Chee Ming; Cheok, Quintin; Islam, Aminul; Habibur Rahman, Seikh Mohammad; Kalam Azad, Abul

    2016-03-01

    As a potential electrolyte for proton-conducting solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC-Hs) and to get better protonic conductivity and stability, zinc doped BCZY material has been found to be promising. In this study, we report a new composition of proton conductors BaCe0.7Zr0.2Y0.05Zn0.05O3 (BCZYZn5) which was investigated using XRD, SEM and conductivity measurements. Rietveld refinement of the XRD data revel a cubic perovskite structure with Pm-3m space group. BaCe0.7Zr0.2Y0.05Zn0.05O3 shows cell parameter a = 4.3452(9) Å. Scanning electron microscopy images shows that the grain sizes are large and compact which gives the sample high density and good protonic conductivity. The total conductivity in wet atmosphere is significantly higher than that of dry condition and the conductivity was found to be 0.276 × 10-3 Scm-1 and 0.204 × 10-3 Scm-1 at 600°C in wet and dry Ar, respectively. This study indicated that perovskite electrolyte BCZYZn5 is a promising material for the next generation intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs).

  17. Performance of IT-SOFC Borate Sealing Glass%IT-SOFC硼酸盐封接玻璃的相关性能研究

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    陈虎; 吴也凡

    2012-01-01

    以传统的玻璃制备方法熔融法制备出适用于固体氧化物燃料电池封接用的B2O3-CaO-BaO-Al2O3-SiO2-La2O3体系微晶玻璃封接材料.球磨5h的时间可以满足对封接材料粉体的制备要求,对应的粒径分别在0.61μm和2.9μm附近,在相应的累积曲线中99%以上小于9μm;微晶玻璃ACl的SEM照片显示片状的六方钡长石晶体从表面向外生长着并在整个微晶玻璃中错乱生长,还夹杂着一些不规则晶粒;在650-800℃之间,封接材料的电阻随温度升高而减小,阻抗值均在104-105Ω.cm2范围内,说明封接材料玻璃粉具有相当好的绝缘性能,符合IT-SOFC对封接材料的绝缘性要求.分别对微晶玻璃ACl和多孔的阳极薄片及微晶玻璃ACl和致密的电解质薄片的界面进行了扫描电镜(SEM)测试.测试表明,在800℃热处理100h后,ACl封接材料与阳极材料及电解质材料之间的结合面非常紧密,没有发生明显的化学反应,ACl封接材料具有好的气密性和热化学稳定性.%BaO-A12O3-B2O3-SiO2 glass-ceramic sealing material suitable for solid fuel cells was prepared by traditional melting method. The preparation requirements of sealing material can be met after milling 5h, the corresponding particle size is around 0.61 urn and 2.9pm, 99% of the particle size is below 9um in the corresponding cumulative curve; the SEM of glass-ceramic AC1 shows that flaky hexagonal celsian crystals growing from surface to outside, sprawl in the whole glass-ceramic, with a few irregular grains; the resistance of glass-ceramic is reduced with the temperature increasing in the range between 650-800t and the impedance value is 104-105Ω·cm2, indicating the glass-ceramic has quite good insulating property and meets the insulating requirements of IT-SOFC. The interface between AC1 and porous anode slice and the interface between AC1 and dense electrolyte slice were tested by SEM. The result indicates that the joint surfaces between AC1 and

  18. Study of LnBaCo{sub 2}O{sub 6-d}elta (Ln = Pr, Nd, Sm and Gd) double perovskites as new cathode material for IT-SOFC

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    Chavez, E; Mueller, M; Mogni, L; Caneiro, A, E-mail: mogni@cab.cnea.gov.a [Centro Atomico Bariloche-CNEA, Instituto Balseiro. Av. Bustillo 9500, S. C. de Bariloche 8400 (Argentina)

    2009-05-01

    Oxides with double perovskites structures of general composition LnBaCo{sub 2}O{sub 6-d}elta (Ln = Pr, Nd, Sm and Gd) were synthesized by solid state reaction with the purpose to evaluate new materials to be used as cathodes in intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cell (IT-SOFC). A preliminary study about electrochemical properties was performed by impedance spectroscopy between 500 and 800 deg. C under atmosphere of pure O{sub 2}. Symmetrical cells were obtained by spray deposition of LnBaCo{sub 2}O{sub 6-d}elta (Ln = Pr, Nd, Sm and Gd) at both sides of a dense ceramic electrolyte. The impedance spectroscopy measurements as a function of temperatures show a hysteresis loop which could be associated to a tetragonal/orthorhombic phase transition. The existence of this transition was corroborated by high temperature X-Ray diffraction and Differential Scanning Calorimetry measurements.

  19. 国内固体氧化物燃料电池主要研究团体及发展现状%Development status of SOFC stacks and systems and domestic main research groups

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    蔡浩; 魏涛; 高庆宇

    2015-01-01

    固体氧化物燃料电池(SOFC)作为第四代发电方式,由于其高效、环保等优势和在分布式发电、交通、运输等领域的广泛用途而成为世界各国的研究重点.针对国内SOFC发展现状,着重介绍了国内比较领先的几个SOFC研究团体及其成果和目前国内正在进行的几个大型SOFC项目.并指出与国际SOFC先进技术相比,我国仍有很长一段艰难的路需要我们的政府、科研团体和商业化公司去走.

  20. Microstructural evolution of nanosized Ce0.8Gd0.2O1.9/Ni infiltrate in a Zr0.84Y0.16O1.92-Sr0.94Ti0.9Nb0.1O3-δ based SOFC anode under electrochemical evaluation

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    Zhang, Wei; Kuhn, Luise Theil; Ramos, Tania

    in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) [2,3]. How stable is the structure of infiltrated nano-sized electrocatalysts under electrochemical operation? This issue is usually addressed by evaluating electrode performance without detailed structural investigations. However, the behavior of electrocatalysts...... are of paramount importance for performance and performance stability. Therefore an accurate understanding of the microstructure evolution during electrochemical operation will facilitate evaluating performances of SOFC anodes, and in turn optimize its design. Here we report a wealth of microstructural...

  1. Study of synthesis routes and processing of NiO-YSZ ceramic composite for use as anode in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC); Estudo de rotas de sintese e processamento ceramico do composito NiO-YSZ para aplicacao como anodo em celulas a combustivel do tipo oxido solido (SOFC)

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    Yoshito, Walter Kenji

    2011-07-01

    This study aim the definition of synthesis and ceramic processing conditions of the anodic component suitable for operation of SOFC, i.e, homogeneous distribution of NiO in YSZ matrix and porosity after reduction above 30%. The selected synthesis routes included the co-precipitation in ammonia media, mechanical mixing of powders and combustion reaction from nitrate salts. The characterization techniques of powders included the X-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, laser diffraction, nitrogen gas adsorption technique (BET) and Helium pycnometry. The obtained results indicated that the loss of Ni{sup 2+} in co-precipitation process, due to the formation of complex [Ni(NH{sub 3}){sub n}]{sup 2+}, can be minimized by controlling the pH around 9.3, keeping the concentration of nickel cation in the solution to be precipitated around 0.1M. In the mechanical mixing method the best condition of powder dispersion, without differential sedimentation, was obtained for zeta potential values at pH around 8.0, fixing the dispersant concentration at 0.8%. For the combustion synthesis it was observed that when stoichiometric and twofold stoichiometric urea was used, amorphous phase was formed and a higher surface area was attained in the final products. Employing the fuel-rich solution condition, crystallization of the powder was observed and the relative intensity of reflections of XRD patterns increased with excess of fuel, due to increasing the reaction temperature. Sinterability studies of pellets prepared from powder synthesized by the three routes described above showed the temperature around 1300 deg C for maximum rate densification and porosity between 6.0 and 14%. Reduction results of the composites confirmed that the reduction kinetics occurs in two steps. The first one with a linear behavior and controlled by chemical reaction on the surface. The second reduction step is the reduction that is controlled by gas diffusion in micro pores

  2. Structure, electronic conductivity and electrochemical properties of Ln{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}Co{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 0.8}O{sub 3-{delta}} (Ln=La, Pr) as cathodes for IT-SOFC

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    Yin, Z.T.Y.M.; Xiong, M.W.; Yang, N.T.; Ma, Z.F. [Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ., Shanghai (China). Dept. of Chemical Engineering

    2010-07-01

    The mixed electronic-ionic conductive perovskite oxides Ln{sub 1-x}Sr{sub x}Co{sub 1-y}Fe{sub y}O{sub 3} have been considered for use as intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cell (IT-SOFC) cathode materials. This paper discussed the synthesis of Ln{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}Co{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 0.8}O{sub 3} using the EDTA-citric acid sol-gel method. The crystal structure, thermal expansion coefficient, electrical conductivity and electrochemical properties of the two oxides were compared in relation to their potential use as IT-SOFC cathodes. A single perovskite phase was identified for the perovskite oxide powders calcined above 800 degrees Celsius. It was concluded that the area specific resistance improved significantly at the testing temperature range of 500 to 800 degrees Celsius. 1 ref.

  3. 无CO2排放型乙烷质子陶瓷膜燃料电池的研究%Ethane protonic ceramic membrane SOFCs without CO2 emission

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    林洁媛; 符显珠; 骆静利; Karl T.CHUANG; 池汝安

    2012-01-01

    Y and Nd co-doped barium cerate (BCYN) proton conductor was synthesized by citric-nitrate combustion method. Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) were fabricated using porous Pt electrodes and BCYN membrane electrolyte for co-generation of electricity and ethylene from ethane. Porous Pt electrodes had good catalytic activity toward to ethane dehydrogenation and oxygen reduction. BCYN proton conducting membrane could separate hydrocarbon in anode chamber and oxygen in cathode chamber thus could avoid ethane deep oxidation to CO2 emission and improve the ethylene selectivity. At 650 t, the maximum power density was 146 mW/cm2, the ethane conversion was 18.6%, the ethylene selectivity was 96.7%, and the main by-production was methane.%采用柠檬酸-硝酸盐燃烧法合成了Y和Nd共掺杂的铈酸钡BaCe0.8Y0.15Nd0.05O3- δ(BCYN)质子导体,并将其与多孔Pt电极组装了乙烷制乙烯共发电固体氧化物燃料电池(SOFC).多孔Pt电极对乙烷脱氢和氧还原均具有很好的催化活性.BCYN质子陶瓷电解质膜则能够将阳极的碳氢化合物气体与阴极的氧隔开,从而避免乙烷的深度氧化而排放出CO2温室气体并且提高乙烯产物的选择性.在650℃时,电池的最大功率密度为146 mW/cm2,乙烷的转化率为18.6%,选择性为96.7%,主要副产物为甲烷.

  4. Dip-coating and Co-sintering of Ceramic Interconnect for Tubular SOFC%管式SOFC陶瓷连接体的浸渍法制备与共烧

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    魏涛; 周新萍; 钟巍; 高庆宇; 吕小丽; 王绍荣

    2014-01-01

    A cost-effective method was developed to fabricate dense La0.8Sr0.2Cr0.5Fe0.5O3-δ(LSCrF) interconnect membrane on NiO-YSZ anode substrate for tubular solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) applications by one-step dip-coating, and co-sintering of the ceramic interconnect with the anode. The LSCrF powder was synthesized with citric acid assisted sol-gel method, the phase structure was characterized by an XRD, and the particle size distribution of the ball-milled powder was analyzed by a Mastersizer 2000 analyzer. It can be concluded that with the powder calcined at 700℃and ball-milled for 12 h, LSCrF iflm can be successfully prepared on the anode support of NiO-YSZ by a dip-coating process. After being co-sintered at 1400℃, a dense LSCrF interconnect membrane can be obtained.%讨论了采用一步浸渍法在管式固体氧化物燃料电池(SOFC)的NiO-YSZ阳极上制作致密La0.8Sr0.2Cr0.5Fe0.5O3-δ(LSCrF)陶瓷连接体薄膜的可行性;实现了阳极素坯与连接体的共烧,可简化燃料电池的制作过程并降低成本。采用柠檬酸盐法合成LSCrF粉体,利用XRD对合成粉体的物相进行分析,采用马尔文Mastersizer 2000-激光粒度仪对球磨后粉体的粒度分布进行测试。实验结果表明,经700℃煅烧的粉体,再经过12 h球磨之后,可以成功地用浸渍法沉积到NiO-YSZ支撑阳极,在1400℃下共烧结而得到致密的连接体薄膜。

  5. Dynamic Octahedral Breathing in Oxygen-Deficient Ba(0.9)Co(0.7)Fe(0.2)Nb(0.1)O(3-δ) Perovskite Performing as a Cathode in Intermediate-Temperature SOFC.

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    Gong, Yudong; Sun, Chunwen; Huang, Qiu-an; Alonso, Jose Antonio; Fernández-Díaz, Maria Teresa; Chen, Liquan

    2016-03-21

    Ba(0.9)Co(0.7)Fe(0.2)Nb(0.1)O(3-δ) outperforms as a cathode in solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC), at temperatures as low as 700-750 °C. The microscopical reason for this performance was investigated by temperature-dependent neutron powder diffraction (NPD) experiments. In the temperature range of 25-800 °C, Ba(0.9)Co(0.7)Fe(0.2)Nb(0.1)O(3-δ) shows a perfectly cubic structure (a = a0), with a significant oxygen deficiency in a single oxygen site, that substantially increases at the working temperatures of a SOFC. The anisotropic thermal motion of oxygen atoms considerably rises with T, reaching B(eq) ≈ 5 Å(2) at 800 °C, with prolate cigar-shaped, anisotropic vibration ellipsoids that suggest a dynamic breathing of the octahedra as oxygen ions diffuse across the structure by a vacancies mechanism, thus implying a significant ionic mobility that could be described as a molten oxygen sublattice. The test cell with a La(0.8)Sr(0.2)Ga(0.83)Mg(0.17)O(3-δ) electrolyte (∼300 μm in thickness)-supported configuration yields a peak power density of 0.20 and 0.40 W cm(-2) at temperatures of 700 and 750 °C, respectively, with pure H2 as fuel and ambient air as oxidant. The electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS) evolution with time of the symmetric cathode fuel cell measured at 750 °C shows that the Ba(0.9)Co(0.7)Fe(0.2)Nb(0.1)O(3-δ) cathode possesses a superior ORR catalytic activity and long-term stability. The mixed electronic-ionic conduction properties of Ba(0.9)Co(0.7)Fe(0.2)Nb(0.1)O(3-δ) account for its good performance as an oxygen-reduction catalyst.

  6. Fabrication and Performance Study of Anode-Supported Planar Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs)%阳极支撑的平板固体氧化物燃料电池的制备及其性能研究

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    肖进; 陈磊; 袁洪春; 熊超; 赵宇; 杜文汉; 马金祥

    2015-01-01

    通过相转换流延结合浆料涂覆的方法制备了基于YSZ(氧化钇稳定的氧化锆)电解质的阳极支撑的平板固体氧化物燃料电池,电池阳极具有良好的非对称结构,包括较厚的指状大孔层和较薄的海绵状小孔层。以La0.8Sr0.2MnO3-δ-YSZ为阴极,电解质厚度为19μm的单电池获得了良好的性能输出,在600oC,650oC和700oC的最大功率密度分别为52MW/cm2,116MW/cm2和204MW/cm2,对应的开路电压分别为1.04V,1.02V和1.0V。结果表明:相转换流延结合浆料涂覆技术是一种非常有前景的阳极支撑的平板状SOFC制备方法。%Anode-supported planar solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) based on yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electro⁃lytes were prepared using phase inversion tape-casting and slurry coating techniques. The anodes of the cells have a good asymmetrical structure consisting of a thick layer with finger-like pores and a thin layer with small sponge-like pores. With La0.8Sr0.2MnO3-δ-YSZ (LSM-YSZ) as a cathode, the maximum power densities of the cell with a 19-μm-thick YSZ electrolyte film reached 52MW/cm2, 116MW/cm2, 206MW/cm2 at 600, 650℃ and 700℃ respectively with a good performance output, and the corresponding open-circuit voltages (OCVs) were 1.04V, 1.02V and 1 V. The results indicate that phase inversion tape-casing combined with slurry coating technique can be considered as a quite promising approach for cost-effective fabrication of anode-supported planar SOFCs.

  7. Chemical synthesis and properties of La1.9Ba0.1Mo1.9Mn0.1O9 as electrolyte for IT-SOFCs

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    田长安; 尹奇异; 谢劲松; 阳杰; 孙虹; 季必发; 鲍魏涛

    2014-01-01

    The highly phase-pure electrolyte materials with composition La1.9Ba0.1Mo1.9Mn0.1O9 (LBMMO) was prepared by the sol-gel auto-combustion method for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs). The details of gel’s auto-combustion, phase evolution, sintering, thermal expansion and electrochemical performance of LBMMO were investigated by means of thermo-gravimetry (TG), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron spectroscopy (TEM), thermal expansion curve (TEC) and complex impedance spectra. The results showed that the highly phase-pure electrolyte LBMMO could be obtained after calcining at 600 °C. The sample sintered at 900 °C for 4 h in air exhibited a better sinterability, and the relative density of LBMMO was higher than 96%. The electrical conductivities of the sample were 6.7×10-3 and 25.9×10-3 S/cm at 700 and 800 °C in air, respectively. Results also showed that LBMMO had moderate thermal expansion (α=16.3×10-6 K-1, between room temperature and 800 °C) and an electrical activation energy equal to 1.32 eV).

  8. Preparation and performance of Pr-doped Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ cathode for IT-SOFCs

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    ZHU Chengjun; YI Cuishan; CHAO Luomeng

    2011-01-01

    (Ba0.5Sr0.5)1-xPrxCo0.8Fe0.2O3-δ (BSPCFx;x=0.00-0.30) oxides were synthesized by a sol-gel thermolysis process using combination of PVA and urea,and were also investigated as cathode material for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells(IT-SOFCs).X-ray diffraction (XRD) results showed that all the samples formed a single phase cubic pervoskite-type structure after being calcined at 950 ℃ for 5 h and the lattice constant decreased with the Pr content increasing.The electrical conductivity of Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ(BSCF) was greatly enhanced by Pr- doping.The thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) of BSPCFx was increased with the content of Pr increasing,and all the thermal expansion curves had an inflection at about 250-400 ℃ due to the thermal-induced lattice oxygen loss and the reaction of Co and Fe ion.Ac impedance analysis indicated that BSPCFx possessed better electrochemical performance.The polarization resistance of the sample with x=0.2 was only ~0.948 Ω cm2 at 500 ℃,significantly lower than that of BSCF (~2.488 Ω cm2).

  9. Research on Voltage Model of SOFC Based on Generalized Regression Neural Networks%基于广义回归神经网络的SOFC电压模型研究靠

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    霍海波; 朱新坚; 曹广益

    2007-01-01

    首先介绍并分析了固体氧化物燃料电池(SOFC)的工作原理和理论电压模型.然后,针对SOFC系统过于复杂,理论电压模型存在明显不足的特点,试图绕开SOFC的内部复杂性,利用广义回归神经网络(GRNN)对SOFC系统进行辨识建模.模型以电池工作温度为神经网络辨识模型的输入量,电池电压/电流密度为输出量,利用750组实验数据作为训练样本,建立了SOFC在不同工作温度下的电池电压/电流密度动态响应模型.仿真结果表明了该方法的有效性,所建模型精度也较高.

  10. Development of Ni-based catalyst for anode of SOFC and its prospects%SOFC阳极Ni催化剂的发展历程与应用前景

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    范世鸽; 陈昌国

    2013-01-01

    燃料电池是一种能量利用率高、基本不污染空气、原料充足的能源装置.目前,燃料电池主要分为碱性燃料电池(AFC)、磷酸型燃料电池(PAFC)、质子交换膜燃料电池(PEMFC)、熔融碳酸盐燃料电池(MCFC)和固体氧化物燃料电池(SOFC)这五种基本类型.着重介绍了SOFC中Ni-ZrO2(Y2O3)金属陶瓷阳极和H2S毒化机理,综述了阳极催化剂的有关性质和存在的主要问题,展望了SOFC的应用前景,并探讨了我国SOFC发展的技术路线.

  11. Influence of electrospraying parameters on the microstructure of La 0.6Sr 0.4Co 0.2F 0.8O 3-δ films for SOFCs

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    Marinha, Daniel; Rossignol, Cécile; Djurado, Elisabeth

    2009-07-01

    Ceramics can play a remarkable role in the engineering of intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs) capable of meeting the ambitious targets of reduced cost and improved lifetime. While mixed ionic-electronic conductors such as La xSr 1-xCo yFe 1-yO 3-δ are being used as volumic cathodes to increase the catalytic performance of these components, adequate microstructures are also an important requirement for optimal performance, particularly at lower operating temperatures. This work is devoted to the fabrication of La 0.6Sr 0.4Co 0.2Fe 0.8O 3-δ films on Ce 0.9Gd 0.1O 2-δ substrates by electrostatic spray deposition (ESD) and to the characterization of the microstructural dependence on the deposition conditions. A wide variety of microstructures ranging from dense to porous, with particular features such as reticulation and micro-porosity, were obtained by varying the ESD deposition parameters: nozzle-to-substrate distance (15, 30, 43, 45, and 58 mm), solution flow rate (0.34 and 1.5 mL/h), and substrate temperature (300, 350, 400 and 450 °C). The correlation between deposition parameters and resulting microstructures was systematically studied and put into evidence.

  12. Cr doping effect in B-site of La0.75Sr0.25MnO3 on its phase stability and performance as an SOFC anode

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    ZHENG Yao; RAN Ran; SHAO Zongping

    2009-01-01

    La0.75Sr0.25CryMn1-yO3(LSCM) (y=0.0-0.6) composite oxides were synthesized by a complexing process of combining ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) and citrate. X-ray diffraction (XRD), temperamre-programmed reduction, electrical conductivity, I-V polarization, and impedance spectroscopy were conducted to investigate the Cr doping effect of La0.75Sr0.25MnO3 on its phase stability and electrochemical performance as a solid-oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anode. The chemical and structural stabilities of the oxides increased steadily with increasing Cr doping concentration, while the electrical conductivity decreased on the contrary. At y ≥ 0.4, the basic perovskite structure under the an-ode operating condition was sustained. A cell with 0.5-mm-thick scandia-stabilized zirconia electrolyte and La0.75Sr0.25CryMn1-yO3 anode de-livered a power density of~15 mW.cm-2 at 850℃.

  13. Symmetry breaking and electrical conductivity of La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}Cr{sub 0.4}Mn{sub 0.6}O{sub 3-{delta}} perovskite as SOFC anode material

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    Reyes-Rojas, A., E-mail: armando.reyes@cimav.edu.mx [Centro de investigacion en Materiales Avanzados S.C. (CIMAV), Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnologia, Miguel de Cervantes 120, Complejo Industrial Chihuahua, Cd. de Chihuahua, Chihuahua (Mexico); Alvarado-Flores, J.; Esparza-Ponce, H.; Esneider-Alcala, M. [Centro de investigacion en Materiales Avanzados S.C. (CIMAV), Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnologia, Miguel de Cervantes 120, Complejo Industrial Chihuahua, Cd. de Chihuahua, Chihuahua (Mexico); Espitia-Cabrera, I. [Facultad de Ingenieria Quimica, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo, Zodiaco no. 81, Fraccionamiento Cosmos, Morelia, Michoacan CP 58040 (Mexico); Torres-Moye, E. [Centro de investigacion en Materiales Avanzados S.C. (CIMAV), Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnologia, Miguel de Cervantes 120, Complejo Industrial Chihuahua, Cd. de Chihuahua, Chihuahua (Mexico)

    2011-04-15

    Research highlights: {yields} Perovskite-type La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}Cr{sub 0.4}Mn{sub 0.6}O{sub 3-{delta}}-NiO nucleation kinetics. Symmetry-breaking by introducing Ni{sup 2+} cations at 1050 deg. C. Phase transition from high temperature aristotype R3-bar c to hettotype I4/mmm. At low Ni concentration {rho} resistivity decreases when increasing the temperature. For Ni concentration higher than 25% {rho} resistivity increases. - Abstract: This work is focused on nanocrystalline solid oxide fuel cell synthesis and characterization (SOFC) anodes of La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}Cr{sub 0.4}Mn{sub 0.6}O{sub 3-{delta}} (perovskite-type) with Nickel. Perovskite-type oxide chemical reactivity, nucleation kinetics and phase composition related with La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}Cr{sub 0.4}Mn{sub 0.6}O{sub 3-{delta}}-NiO to La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}Cr{sub 0.4}Mn{sub 0.6}O{sub 3-{delta}}-Ni transformation have been analyzed. SOFC anode powders were obtained by sol-gel synthesis, using polyvinyl alcohol as an organic precursor to get a porous cermet electrode after sintering at 1365 deg. C and oxide reduction by hydrogen at 800 deg. C/1050 deg. C for 8 h in a horizontal tubular reactor furnace under 10% H{sub 2}/N{sub 2} atmosphere. Composite powders were compressed into 10-mm diameter discs with 25-75 wt% Ni. Electrical and structural characterization by four-point probe method for conductivity, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and Rietveld method were carried out. Symmetry-breaking by phase transition from high temperature aristotype R3-bar c to hettotype I4/mmm has been identified and confirmed by XRD and Rietveld method which can be produced by introducing Ni{sup 2+} cations in the perovskite solid solution. Rietveld analysis suggests that Ni contents are directly proportional to La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}Cr{sub 0.4}Mn{sub 0.6}NiO{sub 3.95} tetragonal structure cell volume and inversely proportional to Ni cubic structure

  14. Evaluation of the La{sub 2}Ni{sub 1} {sub -} {sub x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 4} {sub +} {sub {delta}} system as SOFC cathode material with 8YSZ and LSGM as electrolytes

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    Aguadero, A.; Escudero, M.J. [Centro de Investigaciones Energeticas Mediambientales y Tecnologicas (CIEMAT), Av. Complutense 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Alonso, J.A. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (CSIC),C/Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz 3, Campus Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Daza, L. [Centro de Investigaciones Energeticas Mediambientales y Tecnologicas (CIEMAT), Av. Complutense 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquimica,(CSIC), C/Marie Curie 2, Campus Cantoblanco, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2008-05-31

    Materials formulated as La{sub 2}Ni{sub 1} {sub -} {sub x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 4} {sub +} {sub {delta}} (0 {<=} x {<=} 1) have been synthesised to be evaluated as possible cathode materials in SOFCs. Their crystal structures have been investigated by high-resolution neutron powder diffraction at RT so as to map out the phase diagram. The thermal expansion coefficients have been determined to be in the range of 10.8-13.0 x 10{sup -} {sup 6} K{sup -} {sup 1}. Total conductivity values are as good as 87 S cm{sup -} {sup 1} at 580 C for x = 0.4. In order to assess the performance of each oxide as cathode material, ac impedance measurements were carried out on La{sub 2}Ni{sub 1} {sub -} {sub x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 4} {sub +} {sub {delta}}/electrolyte/La{sub 2}Ni{sub 1} {sub -} {sub x}Cu{sub x}O{sub 4} {sub +} {sub {delta}} symmetrical cells with either LSGM or 8YSZ as electrolyte material. For all the electrode compositions studied, the best specific resistance (ASR) values were obtained with LSGM as electrolyte. The better performance of x = 0.4 and 0.6 (ASR {proportional_to} 1 and ohm; cm{sup 2} at 850 C) compositions has been associated with the magnitude of the total conductivity and the matching of the TEC values of the cathodes with those of the electrolytes. (author)

  15. In situ study of electrochemical activation and surface segregation of the SOFC electrode material La0.75Sr0.25Cr0.5Mn0.5O(3±δ).

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    Huber, Anne-Katrin; Falk, Mareike; Rohnke, Marcus; Luerssen, Bjoern; Gregoratti, Luca; Amati, Matteo; Janek, Jürgen

    2012-01-14

    Mixed-conducting perovskite-type electrodes which are used as cathodes in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) exhibit pronounced performance improvement after cathodic polarization. The current in situ study addresses the mechanism of this activation process which is still unknown. We chose the new perovskite-type material La(0.75)Sr(0.25)Cr(0.5)Mn(0.5)O(3±δ) which is a potential candidate for use in symmetrical solid oxide fuel cells (SFCs). We prepared La(0.75)Sr(0.25)Cr(0.5)Mn(0.5)O(3±δ) thin film model electrodes on YSZ (111) single crystals by pulsed laser deposition (PLD). Impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements show that the kinetics of these electrodes can be drastically improved by applying a cathodic potential. To understand the origin of the enhanced electrocatalytic activity the surfaces of operating LSCrM electrodes were studied in situ (at low pressure) with spatially resolving X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (μ-ESCA, SPEM) and quasi static secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) after applying different electrical potentials in the SIMS chamber. We observed that the electrode surfaces which were annealed at 600 °C are enriched significantly in strontium. Subsequent cathodic polarization decreases the strontium surface concentration while anodic polarization increases the strontium accumulation at the electrode surface. We propose a mechanism based on the reversible incorporation of a passivating SrO surface phase into the LSCrM lattice to explain the observed activation/deactivation process.

  16. B-Site Metal (Pd, Pt, Ag, Cu, Zn, Ni Promoted La1−xSrxCo1−yFeyO3–δ Perovskite Oxides as Cathodes for IT-SOFCs

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Perovskite oxides La1−xSrxCo1−yFeyO3–δ (LSCF have been extensively investigated and developed as cathode materials for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs due to mixed ionic–electronic conductivity and high electrooxygen reduction activity for oxygen reduction. Recent literature investigations show that cathode performances can be improved by metal surface modification or B-site substitution on LSCF. Although the specific reaction mechanism needs to be further investigated, the promoting effect of metal species in enhancing oxygen surface exchange and oxygen bulk diffusion is well recognized. To our knowledge, no previous reviews dealing with the effect of metal promotion on the cathodic performances of LSCF materials have been reported. In the present review, recent progresses on metal (Pd, Pt, Ag, Cu, Zn, Ni promotion of LSCF are discussed focusing on two main aspects, the different synthesis approaches used (infiltration, deposition, solid state reaction, one pot citrate method and the effects of metal promotion on structural properties, oxygen vacancies content and cathodic performances. The novelty of the work lies in the fact that the metal promotion at the B-site is discussed in detail, pointing at the effects produced by two different approaches, the LSCF surface modification by the metal or the metal ion substitution at the B-site of the perovskite. Moreover, for the first time in a review article, the importance of the combined effects of oxygen dissociation rate and interfacial oxygen transfer rate between the metal phase and the cathode phase is addressed for metal-promoted LSCF and compared with the un-promoted oxides. Perspectives on new research directions are shortly given in the conclusion.

  17. Síntese e caracterização de cátodos de perovskitas 'La IND.0,6''Sr IND.0,4''Fe IND.y''Co IND.1-y''O IND.3-'delta'', para células a combustível de eletrólito sólido (SOFC) operando em temperaturas intermediárias

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    Pereira, Tiago José

    2007-01-01

    O objetivo deste trabalho foi preparar, pelo método de precursor polimérico, condutores mistos (eletrônico e iônico) de perovskita de 'La IND.0,6''Sr IND.0,4''Fe IND.y''Co IND.1-y''O IND.3-'delta'', para serem utilizados como cátodo em SOFC. Os materiais foram desenvolvidos para que os eletrodos constituídos promovessem a reação de redução de oxigênio (RRO) mesmo em temperaturas reduzidas para possibilitar a operação das SOFCs em temperatura moderada. A caracterização física dos materiais obt...

  18. Synthesis and characterization of the double perovskite BaSrCoFe{sub 1}-{sub x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 5.5} like cathode for solid oxide fuel cells; Sintesis y caracterizacion de la doble perovskita BaSrCoFe{sub 1}-{sub x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 5.5} como catodo para celdas SOFC

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    Alvarado F, J.; Avalos R, L.; Viramontes G, G. [Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo, Facultad de Ingenieria Electrica, Santiago Tapia 403, Morelia 58030, Michoacan (Mexico); Reyes R, A. [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados, Laboratorio Nacional de Nanotecnologia, Miguel de Cervantes 120, Complejo Industrial Chihuahua, Chihuahua 31109, Chihuahua (Mexico)

    2013-08-01

    Have been synthesized via sol-gel method and characterized by X-ray diffraction, electrical conductivity and thermal expansion coefficient, new material composites BaSrCoFe{sub 1{sub x}}Ni{sub x}O{sub 5.5} (double perovskite type) with the addition of Ni in solid solution Ni{sub x} (x = 0.025, 0.05, 0.075, 0.1 and 0.2), as alternative cathodes for solid oxide fuel cells of intermediate temperature (Sofc-It). X-ray diffraction confirmed the formation of the tetragonal structure perovskite phase BaSrCoFe{sub 1}-{sub x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 5.5}, with the presence of small peaks identified in 2{theta} values below 30 degrees as BaCO{sub 3} and CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. The electrical conductivity increases with the temperature between 350-470 degrees C and then decreases due to the loss of oxygen in the net, which causes differences in conductivity. Semiconductor behavior was obtained in all compositions. Thermal expansion coefficient determination, showed a linear dependence inversely proportional to the concentration of Ni. Our results of electrical conductivity and thermal expansion coefficient, reach to the conclusion that the cathodes between 0.1 and 0.2 Ni, have the greatest possibility for application in Sofc-It. (Author)

  19. Electrophoretic deposition of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-stabilized ZrO{sub 2} on the porous La{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}MnO{sub 3} cathode substrate for SOFC

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    Ishihara, Tatsumi; Shimose, Kuninobu; Takita, Yusaku [Oita Univ. (Japan); Shiomitsu, Toru [NKK Corp., Kawasaki, Kanagawa (Japan). Engineering Research Center

    1995-12-31

    Preparation of YSZ film on La{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}MnO{sub 3} porous substrate was investigated using electrophoretic deposition (EPD) method. Since the electrical conductivity of La{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}MnO{sub 3} substrate is satisfactorily high at room temperature, YSZ powders were deposited electrophoretically on La{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}MnO{sub 3} substrate without any treatment such as metal coating. Open circuit voltage of SOFC where YSZ film prepared by EPD was applied, increased by repeating the deposition and calcination cycles. 6 or more times in repetitions were required to obtain YSZ film without gas leakage. A planar type SOFC fabricated by using Ni as anode, attained an open circuit voltage and maximum power density of 1.0 V and 1.5 W/cm{sup 2}, respectively. It became evident that YSZ films without gas leakage can be prepared by the EPD method on LaMnO{sub 3} cathode substrates.

  20. Synthesis of LaNi{sub 0,6}Fe{sub 0.4}O{sub 3-δ}; Sintese pelo metodo Pechini de LaNi{sub 0,6}Fe{sub 0,4}O{sub 3-δ}(LNF64) para uso como catodo em SOFC'S

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    Ramos, K.; Wendler, L.P.; Chinelatto, A.S.; Chinelatto, A.L., E-mail: kethlinn@terra.com.br [Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa (UEPG), PR (Brazil)

    2012-07-01

    The solid oxide fuel cell are an alternative of production clean and efficient energy, because converts chemical energy in electrical energy. An fuel cell is formed basically by an electrolyte, a cathode and an anode.The main electrolyte used for SOFC manufacturing is the ZrO{sub 2}-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The materials for electrode manufacturing must possess thermal expansion characteristics close to electrolyte and have high electrical conductivity in operating temperature.Recently, the perovskite LaNi{sub 0,6}Fe{sub 0,4}O{sub 3-δ}, has attracted interest for application as cathode in SOFC's. This work aimed to LaNi{sub 0,6}Fe{sub 0,4}O{sub 3-δ} obtained by Pechini method. The powders were characterized by x-ray diffraction, ray-x fluorescence, heliumpicnometry and scanning electron microscopy. The results showed powders obtained with perovskite formation when calcined 600°C during 2 hours. (author)

  1. On policy instruments for support of micro combined heat and power

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    Hawkes, A.D. [Centre for Energy Policy and Technology, Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom); Leach, M.A. [Centre for Environmental Strategy, Faculty of Engineering, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH (United Kingdom)

    2008-08-15

    The performance of residential micro combined heat and power (micro-CHP) - a technology to provide heat and some electricity to individual dwellings - is generally dependent on the magnitude of household thermal energy demand. Dwellings with larger and more consistent thermal consumption perform well economically and achieve greater greenhouse gas emissions savings. Consequently, the performance of micro-CHP is dependent on the level of thermal insulation in a dwelling. Therefore, emerging policy approaches regarding energy use in the residential sector, which generally support both energy efficiency measures such as thermal insulation and adoption of micro-CHP, may inadvertently incentivise micro-CHP installation where CO{sub 2} reductions are meagre or not cost-effective. This article examines this issue in terms of the changes in economic and environmental performance that occur for three micro-CHP technologies under changing patterns of residential thermal insulation in the United Kingdom. The results of this analysis are used to comment on the structure of policy instruments that support micro-CHP. It is found that simultaneous support for energy efficiency measures and micro-CHP can be justified, but care must be taken to ensure that the heat-to-power ratio and capacity of the micro-CHP system are appropriate for the expected thermal demand of the target dwelling. (author)

  2. Detailed Electrochemical Characterisation of Large SOFC Stacks

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    Mosbæk, Rasmus Rode; Hjelm, Johan; Barfod, R.

    2012-01-01

    application of advanced methods for detailed electrochemical characterisation during operation. An operating stack is subject to steep compositional gradients in the gaseous reactant streams, and significant temperature gradients across each cell and across the stack, which makes it a complex system...... Fuel Cell A/S was characterised in detail using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. An investigation of the optimal geometrical placement of the current probes and voltage probes was carried out in order to minimise measurement errors caused by stray impedances. Unwanted stray impedances...... are particularly problematic at high frequencies. Stray impedances may be caused by mutual inductance and stray capacitance in the geometrical set-up and do not describe the fuel cell. Three different stack geometries were investigated by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Impedance measurements were carried...

  3. Compliant Glass Seals for SOFC Stacks

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    Chou, Y. S.; Choi, Jung-Pyung; Xu, Wei; Stephens, Elizabeth V.; Koeppel, Brian J.; Stevenson, Jeffry W.; Lara-Curzio, Edgar

    2014-04-01

    This report summarizes results from experimental and modeling studies performed by participants in the Solid-State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA) Core Technology Program, which indicate that compliant glass-based seals offer a number of potential advantages over conventional seals based on de-vitrifying glasses, including reduced stresses during stack operation and thermal cycling, and the ability to heal micro-damage induced during thermal cycling. The properties and composition of glasses developed and/or investigated in these studies are reported, along with results from long-term (up to 5,800h) evaluations of seals based on a compliant glass containing ceramic particles or ceramic fibers.

  4. Viscous Glass Sealants for SOFC Applications

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    Scott Misture

    2012-09-30

    Two series of silicate glasses that contain gallium as the primary critical component have been identified and optimized for viscous sealing of solid oxide fuel cells operating from 650 to 850°C. Both series of glass sealants crystallize partially upon heat treatment and yield multiphase microstructures that allow viscous flow at temperatures as low as 650°C. A fully amorphous sealant was also developed by isolating, synthesizing and testing a silicate glass of the same composition as the remnant glassy phase in one of the two glass series. Of ~40 glasses tested for longer than 500 hours, a set of 5 glasses has been further tested for up to 1000h in air, wet hydrogen, and against both yttria-stabilized zirconia and aluminized stainless steel. In some cases the testing times reached 2000h. The reactivity testing has provided new insight into the effects of Y, Zr, and Al on bulk and surface crystallization in boro-gallio-silicate glasses, and demonstrated that at least 5 of the newly-developed glasses are viable viscous sealants.

  5. SOLID STATE ENERGY CONVERSION ALLIANCE DELPHI SOFC

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    Steven Shaffer; Sean Kelly; Subhasish Mukerjee; David Schumann; H. Skip Mieney

    2003-06-09

    The objective of Phase I under this project is to develop a 5 kW Solid Oxide Fuel Cell power system for a range of fuels and applications. During Phase I, the following will be accomplished: Develop and demonstrate technology transfer efforts on a 5 kW stationary distributed power generation system that incorporates steam reforming of natural gas with piped-in water (Demonstration System A); and Initiate development of a 5 kW system for later mass-market automotive auxiliary power unit application, which will incorporate Catalytic Partial Oxidation (CPO) reforming of gasoline, with anode exhaust gas injected into an ultra-lean burn internal combustion engine. This technical progress report covers work performed by Delphi from July through December 2002 under Department of Energy Cooperative Agreement DE-FC-02NT41246 for the 5 kW mass-market automotive (gasoline) auxiliary power unit. This report highlights technical results of the work performed under the following tasks for the automotive 5 kW system: Task 1--System Design and Integration; Task 2--Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Stack Developments; Task 3--Reformer Developments; Task 4--Development of Balance of Plant (BOP) Components; Task 5--Manufacturing Development (Privately Funded); Task 6--System Fabrication; and Task 7--System Testing.

  6. Pattern Electrodes for Studying SOFC Electrochemistry

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    Patel, H.C.; Biradar, N.; Venkataraman, V.; Aravind, P.V.

    2013-01-01

    Pattern anodes can be used to localize reactions and study individual processes like charge transfer, adsorption, diffusion etc. Ceria and Nickel (Ni) pattern anodes were fabricated with the same dimensions with Triple phase boundary (TPB) lengths of 0.2707 m/cm2. Electrochemical Impedance Spectrosc

  7. Compliant Glass Seals for SOFC Stacks

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    Chou, Yeong -Shyung [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Choi, Jung-Pyung [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Xu, Wei [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Stephens, Elizabeth V. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Koeppel, Brian J. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Stevenson, Jeffry W. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Lara-Curzio, Edgar [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2014-04-30

    This report summarizes results from experimental and modeling studies performed by participants in the Solid-State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA) Core Technology Program, which indicate that compliant glass-based seals offer a number of potential advantages over conventional seals based on de-vitrifying glasses, including reduced stresses during stack operation and thermal cycling, and the ability to heal micro-damage induced during thermal cycling. The properties and composition of glasses developed and/or investigated in these studies are reported, along with results from long-term (up to 5,800h) evaluations of seals based on a compliant glass containing ceramic particles or ceramic fibers.

  8. Electrochemical Impedance Studies of SOFC Cathodes

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    Hjelm, Johan; Søgaard, Martin; Wandel, Marie

    2007-01-01

    impedance of the cathode at intermediate operating temperatures. The perovskite is of the La-Sr-Co-Fe type. The EIS response of symmetrical cells with a thick (similar to 200 mu m) gadolinia doped ceria electrolyte was compared with the impedance contribution of the cathode of a full anode supported cell....... The full cells had a Ni-YSZ anode and anode support, a thin YSZ electrolyte, and a CGO barrier layer. The symmetric and full cell cathode responses were compared at open-circuit voltage. Humidified hydrogen was used as the fuel in the full cell measurements. Differential analysis of the impedance data...

  9. Flexible ceramic gasket for SOFC generator

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    Zafred, Paolo; Prevish, Thomas

    2009-02-03

    A solid oxide fuel cell generator (10) contains stacks of hollow axially elongated fuel cells (36) having an open top end (37), an oxidant inlet plenum (52), a feed fuel plenum (11), a combustion chamber (94) for combusting reacted oxidant/spent fuel; and, optionally, a fuel recirculation chamber (106) below the combustion chamber (94), where the fuel recirculation chamber (94) is in part defined by semi-porous fuel cell positioning gasket (108), all within an outer generator enclosure (8), wherein the fuel cell gasket (108) has a laminate structure comprising at least a compliant fibrous mat support layer and a strong, yet flexible woven layer, which may contain catalytic particles facing the combustion chamber, where the catalyst, if used, is effective to further oxidize exhaust fuel and protect the open top end (37) of the fuel cells.

  10. Liquid fuel utilization in SOFC hybrid systems

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    Santin, Marco; Traverso, Alberto; Magistri, Loredana [TPG-DIMSET, University of Genoa, Via Montallegro 1, 16145 Genoa (Italy)

    2009-10-15

    The interest in solid oxide fuel cell systems comes from their capability of converting the chemical energy of traditional fuels into electricity, with high efficiency and low pollutant emissions. In this paper, a study of the design space of solid oxide fuel cell and gas turbine hybrids fed by methanol and kerosene is presented for stationary power generation in isolated areas (or transportation). A 500 kW class hybrid system was analysed using WTEMP original software developed by the Thermochemical Power Group of the University of Genoa. The choice of fuel-processing strategy and the influence of the main design parameters on the thermoeconomic characteristics of hybrid systems were investigated. The low capital and fuel cost of methanol systems make them the most attractive solutions among those investigated here. (author)

  11. Application of impedance spectroscopy to SOFC research

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    Hsieh, G.; Mason, T.O. [Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States); Pederson, L.R. [Pacific Northwest National Lab., Richland, WA (United States)

    1996-12-31

    With the resurgence of interest in solid oxide fuel cells and other solid state electrochemical devices, techniques originally developed for characterizing aqueous systems are being adapted and applied to solid state systems. One of these techniques, three-electrode impedance spectroscopy, is particularly powerful as it allows characterization of subcomponent and interfacial properties. Obtaining accurate impedance spectra, however, is difficult as reference electrode impedance is usually non-negligible and solid electrolytes typically have much lower conductance than aqueous solutions. Faidi et al and Chechirlian et al have both identified problems associated with low conductivity media. Other sources of error are still being uncovered. Ford et al identified resistive contacts with large time constants as a possibility, while Me et al showed that the small contact capacitance of the reference electrode was at fault. Still others show that instrument limitations play a role. Using the voltage divider concept, a simplified model that demonstrates the interplay of these various factors, predicts the form of possible distortions, and offers means to minimize errors is presented.

  12. SOFC seal and cell thermal management

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    Potnis, Shailesh Vijay; Rehg, Timothy Joseph

    2011-05-17

    The solid oxide fuel cell module includes a manifold, a plate, a cathode electrode, a fuel cell and an anode electrode. The manifold includes an air or oxygen inlet in communication with divergent passages above the periphery of the cell which combine to flow the air or oxygen radially or inwardly for reception in the center of the cathode flow field. The latter has interconnects providing circuitous cooling passages in a generally radial outward direction cooling the fuel cell and which interconnects are formed of different thermal conductivity materials for a preferential cooling.

  13. Nuevas cromitas de composición La1-xMxCr0.9Ni0.1O3(M=Sr, ND, Ca; x<0.3) con tamaño de A y desorden fijados, para su uso como ánodos de pilas SOFCs

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    Ortega San Martín, Luis; Vidal García, Karmele; Larrañaga Varga, Aitor; Laguna-Bercero, Miguel Angel; Arriortua Marcaida, María Isabel

    2016-01-01

    Póster presentado en el XIV Congreso Nacional de Materiales (CNMAT) en Gijón (España), del 8 al 10 de Junio de 2016 El desarrollo de nuevos materiales y la optimización de las técnicas de fabricación son claves para conseguir reducir la temperatura de operación, y con ello, el coste, de sistemas de generación de energía como las pilas de combustible de óxido sólido, SOFC [1]. Los métodos de combustión, se proponen como la vía de síntesis para la preparación de materiales a emplear ...

  14. The study of portable direct-flame solid oxide fuel cell (DF-SOFC) stack with butane fuel%以丁烷为燃料的便携直接火焰固体氧化物燃料电池堆的研究

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    王宇光; 孙良良; 罗凌虹; 吴也凡; 刘丽丽; 石纪军

    2014-01-01

    In this study, a portable direct-flame solid oxide fuel cell ( DF-SOFC ) stack has been demonstrta ed using the conventional butane gas as fuel.The stack is oc nstructed yb bundles of the 3 sni gle cells in a series with conventional Ni/YSZ anode.The fuel cell structure and performance are characterized by scanning electron microscopy ( SEM) and elecrt ochemical workstation, respectively.The er sults show that the stack presents an open cicr uit voltage ( OCV) of about 2.1 V and ano utput power of 0.24 W, which powers an USB fan in 4 h.The cell voltage is quite stable for 4 h, moreover, no cra bno ed positino is found in the anode lya er.This indicates that the DF-SOFC stack can be used for portable applications.%以丁烷液化气为燃料,以固体氧化物燃料电池为电源,可以进行全天候的充电,是未来理想的充电模式。研究了以丁烷为燃料的可以便携的直接火焰燃料电池堆。该电池结构和电性能分别用扫描电子显微镜SEM和电化学工作站进行了表征。该电池堆由3片以Ni/YSZ为阳极支撑形的单电池构成。该电池堆操作开路电压为21.V,最大输出功率为0.24 W,可带动小风扇连续运行超过4h。运行4h后电池阳极没有积炭发生,说明该电池可以连续运行多个小时,可用作便携充电电源。

  15. Real-SOFC - A Joint European Effort to Improve SOFC Durability

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    Steinberger-Wilckens, Robert; Bucheli, Olivier; De Haart, L.G.J.

    2009-01-01

    hours of operation. This is an essential requirement in gaining access to the market for stationary applications. The underlying idea was to improve materials and materials processing on the basis of extensive test results identifying degradation mechanisms, and then to supply industrial components...

  16. Determination of the mechanical properties and fracture mechanisms of YSZ and GDC for electrolyte-supported SOFCs by instrumented indentation test; Determinacion de las propiedades mecanicas y mecanismos de fractura de electrolitos soportados de YSZ y GDC mediante ensayos de indentacion instrumentada

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    Roa, J. J.; Morales, M.; Capdevila, X. G.; Segarra, M.

    2010-07-01

    The main purpose of this work is to evaluate the different mechanical properties and the different fracture mechanisms activated during the instrumented indentation process of the electrolytes based on Yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) and gadolinia doped ceria (GDC), for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). Both materials, with a thickness of 200 {mu}m, were shaped by uniaxial pressing at 500 MPa, and sintered at 1400 degree centigrade. Mechanical properties such as hardness (H) and Young's modulus (E) have been studied at different penetration depths using the Oliver and Pharr equations. The different fracture mechanisms activated during the instrumented indentation process have been studied at constant penetration depth of 500 nm, performed with a diamond Berkovich tip indenter. The residual indentation imprints have been observed with atomic force microscopy (AFM). The hardness and Young's modulus for YSZ electrolytes are higher than for GDC materials, due to the different fracture mechanism activated during the indentation process. As a result, the electrolytes of YSZ presented trans- and intergranular fracture mechanisms, depending on the place of the residual indentation imprint (in the grain boundary or in the middle of the grain, respectively). However, the GDC electrolyte revealed radical cracks at the corners of the residual nano indentation imprints, thus producing a phenomenon known as chipping. (Author)

  17. Electrochemical performance of BaZr0.1Ce0.7Y0.1Yb0.1O3-δ electrolyte based proton-conducting SOFC with layered perovskite PrBaCo2O5+δ cathode”,

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    Ding, Hanping [Univ. of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (United States); Xue, Xingjian [Univ. of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (United States); Xue, X. [Univ. of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (United States)

    2010-11-03

    BaZr0.1Ce0.7Y0.1Yb0.1O3-δ (BZCYYb) exhibits adequate protonic conductivity as well as sufficient chemical and thermal stability over a wide range of SOFC operating conditions, while layered perovskite PrBaCo2O5+δ (PBCO) has advanced electrochemical properties. This research fully takes advantage of these advanced properties and develops a novel protonic ceramic membrane fuel cell (PCMFC) of Ni–BZCYYb|BZCYYb|PBCO. The performance of the button cell was tested under intermediate-temperature range from 600 to 700 °C with humified H2 (~3% H2O) as fuel and ambient air as oxidant. The results show that the open circuit potential of 0.983 V and the maximal power density of 490 mW cm-2 were achieved at 700 °C. By co-doping barium zirconate–cerate with Y and Yb, the conductivity of electrolyte was significantly improved. The polarization processes of the button cell were characterized using the complicated electrochemical impedance spectroscopy technique. The results indicate that the polarization resistances contributed from both charge migration processes and mass transfer processes increase with decreasing cell voltage loads. However the polarization resistance induced by mass transfer processes is negligible in the studied button cell.

  18. Influence of Metal Sulfides as Anode Catalysts on Performance of H2S SOFC%金属硫化物作为阳极材料对H2S固体氧化物燃料电池性能研究

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    2003-01-01

    Two anode catalysts with Pt, MoS2 and composite metal sulfides (MoS2+NiS), are investigated forelectrochemical oxidation of hydrogen sulfide in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) at temperatures 750-850℃. Thecatalysts comprising MoS2 and MoS2+NiS exhibited good electrical conductivity and catalytic activity. MoS2 andcomposite catalysts were found to be more active than Pt, a widely used catalyst for high temperature H2S/O2fuel cell at 750-850℃. However, MoS2 itself sublimes above 450℃. In contrast, composite catalysts containingboth Mo and transition metal (Ni) are shown to be stable and effective in promoting the oxidation of H2S in SOFCup to 850℃. However, electric contact is poor between the platinum current collecting layer and the compositemetal sulfide layer, so that the cell performance becomes worse. This problem is overcome by adding conductiveAg powder into the anode layer (forming MoS2+NiS+Ag anode material) to increase anode electrical conductanceinstead of applying a thin layer of platinum on the top of anode.

  19. Effect of concentration of Sm2O3 and Yb2O3 and synthesizing temperature on electrical and crystal structure of (Bi2O3)1-x-y(Sm2O3)x(Yb2O3)y electrolytes fabricated for IT-SOFCs

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    Kayalı, Refik; Özen, Mürivet Kaşıkcı; Bezir, Nalan Çiçek; Evcin, Atilla

    2016-05-01

    For intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs), (Bi2O3)1-x-y(Sm2O3)x(Yb2O3)y ternary systems (x=0.01 and y= 0.11), (x=0.05 and y= 0.07), (x=0.07 and y=0.05), and (x=0.11 and y=0.01) as electrolytes have been fabricated at different temperatures (700, 750, and 800 °C) by solid state ceramic technique (SST). The characterization of the samples has been performed by X-ray powder diffractometer (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), four point-probe method (FPPM), X-ray energy diffraction spectroscopy (EDX), and differential thermal analysis (DTA). XRD measurements have shown that only the samples (Bi2O3)1-x-y(Sm2O3)x(Yb2O3)y (x=0.01, y=0.11 synthesized at 700, 750, and 800 °C) and (x=0.05, y=0.07 synthesized at 800 °C) have stable fluorite type face centered cubic (FCC) δ-phase. SEM images have shown the morphology of the stable samples. The conductivity and the operation temperature region of the samples have been determined from Arrhenius curves obtained from the FPPM measurements data and they vary from 1.83 to 9.95×10-1 S cm-1. Moreover, activation energy of the samples have been calculated by means of Arrhenius curves of the samples and relationships between them and the conductivity of the samples have been investigated in detail. The results obtained from XRD and FPPM measurements were confirmed by the DTA measurements.

  20. 稳定的ZrO2基SOFC中CeO2夹层的制备方法和作用机制%Preparation and Mechanism of CeO2 Interlayer in Stabilized ZrO2-Based SOFC

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    朱晓东; 孙克宁; 周德瑞

    2007-01-01

    Sm、Gd和Y掺杂的CeO2夹层是解决固体氧化物燃料电池(SOFC)的电极和电解质间物理化学性质不相容问题的最佳材料,现已展示出广泛的应用前景.本文介绍了CeO2粉体的各种合成方法以及对粉体性能的影响.综述了制备CeO2夹层薄膜的各种方法,其中包括直流反应磁控溅射(reactively direct current magnetron sputtering)物理方法;火焰辅助气相沉积(flame assisted vapor deposition,FAVD)和溶胶-凝胶法(so1-gel等化学方法;电泳沉积法(electrophoretic deposition,EPD)、丝网印刷法(screen printing)和浸渍涂布法(dippjng deposition)等陶瓷成型方法,评述了这些方法的优缺点.详细介绍了近年来采用上述方法制备的CeO2夹层薄膜的性能以及对电池性能的改进,论述了CeO2夹层提高电池性能的作用机制.综合分析了这些制备方法的异同和特点,指出了该领域的发展前景.

  1. Micro-Combined Heat and Power Device Test Facility

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    Federal Laboratory Consortium — NIST has developed a test facility for micro-combined heat and power (micro-CHP) devices to measure their performance over a range of different operating strategies...

  2. SOFC anode reduction studied by in situ TEM

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    Simonsen, Søren Bredmose; Wagner, Jakob Birkedal; Hansen, Thomas Willum;

    active Ni surface before operating the fuel cells. The reduction process was followed in the TEM while exposing a NiO/YSZ (YSZ = Y2O3-stabilized ZrO2) model anode to H2 at T = 250-1000⁰C. Pure NiO was used in reference experiments. Previous studies have shown that the reduction of pure NiO...... is a relatively rapid autocatalytic process. On the contrary, the reduction of NiO/YSZ is significantly slower, which indicates that the presence of YSZ inhibits the reduction of NiO. This study aims to obtain fundamental insight into this reduction mechanism and to explain the inhibitive influence of YSZ...

  3. Improved SOFC performance with continuously graded anode functional layer

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    Wang, Zhenhua; Xu, Ping [Department of Chemistry, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Zhang, Naiqing; Sun, Kening [Academy of Fundamental and Interdisciplinary Sciences, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, Heilongjiang 150001 (China); Qiao, Jinshuo [Academy of Fundamental and Interdisciplinary Sciences, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, Heilongjiang 150001 (China); Post-doctoral Research Center of Civil Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, Heilongjiang 150001 (China)

    2009-06-15

    Continuously graded anode functional layers (CG-AFLs) were fabricated on the Ni-YSZ anode substrates by electrophoretic co-deposition (EPD) technique. The microstructure and composition of the CG-AFLs were investigated. The result showed that uniform and graded structure in AFL was obtained. The single cells were constructed on the basis of CG-AFLs, with a maximum output power density greater than 1.10 W cm{sup -2} obtained at 800 C for the cell with 9.8 {mu}m-thick CG-AFL. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) indicated that the excellent cell performance was contributed to the enlargement of triple phase boundary (TPB) by adding the CG-AFL. (author)

  4. Magnetron-Sputtered YSZ and CGO Electrolytes for SOFC

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    Solovyev, A. A.; Shipilova, A. V.; Ionov, I. V.; Kovalchuk, A. N.; Rabotkin, S. V.; Oskirko, V. O.

    2016-08-01

    Reactive magnetron sputtering has been used for deposition of yttria-stabilized ZrO2 (YSZ) and gadolinium-doped CeO2 (CGO) layers on NiO-YSZ commercial anodes for solid oxide fuel cells. To increase the deposition rate and improve the quality of the sputtered thin oxide films, asymmetric bipolar pulse magnetron sputtering was applied. Three types of anode-supported cells, with single-layer YSZ or CGO and YSZ/CGO bilayer electrolyte, were prepared and investigated. Optimal thickness of oxide layers was determined experimentally. Based on the electrochemical characteristics of the cells, it is shown that, at lower operating temperatures of 650°C to 700°C, the cells with single-layer CGO electrolyte are most effective. The power density of these fuel cells exceeds that of the cell based on YSZ single-layer electrolyte at the same temperature. Power densities of 650 mW cm-2 and 500 mW cm-2 at 700°C were demonstrated by cells with single-layer YSZ and CGO electrolyte, respectively. Significantly enhanced maximum power density was achieved in a bilayer-electrolyte single cell, as compared with cells with a single electrolyte layer. Maximum power density of 1.25 W cm-2 at 800°C and 1 W cm-2 at 750°C under voltage of 0.7 V were achieved for the YSZ/CGO bilayer electrolyte cell with YSZ and CGO thickness of about 4 μm and 1.5 μm, respectively. This signifies that the YSZ thin film serves as a blocking layer to prevent electrical current leakage in the CGO layer, leading to the overall enhanced performance. This performance is comparable to the state of the art for cells based on YSZ/CGO bilayer electrolyte.

  5. An Integrated Approach to Modeling and Mitigating SOFC Failure

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    Jianmin Qu; Andrei Fedorov; Comas Haynes

    2006-05-15

    The specific objectives of this project were: (1) To develop and demonstrate the feasibility of an integrated predictive computer-based tool for fuel cell design and reliability/durability analysis, (2) To generate new scientific and engineering knowledge to better enable SECA Industry Teams to develop reliable, low-cost solid-oxide fuel cell power generation systems, (3) To create technology breakthroughs to address technical risks and barriers that currently limit achievement of the SECA performance and cost goals for solidoxide fuel cell systems, and (4) To transfer new science and technology developed in the project to the SECA Industry Teams. Through this three-year project, the Georgia Tech's team has demonstrated the feasibility of the solution proposed and the merits of the scientific path of inquiry, and has developed the technology to a sufficient level such that it can be utilized by the SECA Industry Teams. This report summarizes the project's results and achievements.

  6. Relationships between structures and performance of SOFC anodes

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    Klemensø, Trine; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg; Jacobsen, Torben

    analysis), bulk measurements (porosity, dilatometry, mechanical properties), measurements of the electrical performance (direct current conductivity, impedance spectroscopy), measurements of the redox kinetics (thermo gravimetric analysis, synchrotron), and application of simple models of the layered...... expansion of the cermet structure upon oxidation. The bulk expansion promoted cracking of the electrolyte. The redistribution of the reduced nickel phase was observed to occur as rounding of the particles, and nickel sintering. The degree of sintering depended on the temperature, the composition...

  7. Sulphur poisoning of the active materials used in SOFCs

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    Cunningham, R.H.; Fowles, M. [Synetix Ltd. (United Kingdom); Ormerod, R.M.; Staniforth, J. [Keele Univ. (United Kingdom)

    2004-07-01

    This report summarises the work done and main results of a project examining the Rolls-Royce Integrated Planar Solid Oxide Fuel Cell in order to determine the impact of sulphur poisoning of the anode, and sulphur and carbon poisoning of the reforming catalyst. The reversibility/irreversibility of the damage caused by sulphur was examined along with the development of a strategy involving changing operating conditions, catalysts, and processing of the natural gas feed to protect the fuel cell, and methods to minimise the deposition of carbon. The deactivation of the reforming catalyst brought about by hydrogen sulphide addition to the methane/steam mixtures, the rate of the deactivation of anodes resulting from the addition of hydrogen sulphide, problems due to cell leakage, and the module porous support are discussed. Recommendation presented cover safe concentrations of sulphur, the desulphurisation of the fuel, and the prevention of carbon deposition on the support material.

  8. Feasibility of a Stack Integrated SOFC Optical Chemical Sensor

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    Michael A. Carpenter

    2007-09-30

    The DOE-NETL Innovative Concepts (IC) phase II program investigated the feasibility of harsh environment compatible chemical sensors based on monitoring the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) bands of metal nanoparticle doped YSZ nano-cermets, as a function of fuel concentrations, impurities e.g. CO and temperature(500-900 C). In particular, Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) exhibit a strong surface plasmon resonance (SPR) band whose shape and spectral position is not only highly dependent on the refractive index of the host medium but also on chemical reactions at the interface between the metal and the surrounding environment. Studies have been completed on the oxygen and temperature dependence of the SPR band of the AuNPs, CO sensing studies, oxygen/hydrogen titration experiments, ethanol sensing studies and finally NO{sub 2} sensing studies. Reversible changes in the SPR band are observed for all chemical exposure studies with the sensing mechanism being determined by the oxidative or reductive properties of the exposure gases. Reactions which remove charge from the AuNPs was observed to cause a redshift in the SPR band, while charge donation to the AuNPs causes a blue shift in the SPR band. CO, hydrogen and ethanol in air mixtures were all reductive in nature as they reacted with the YSZ bound oxygen anions forming CO{sub 2} or H{sub 2}O thus ultimately inducing charge donation to the AuNPs and a blue shift in the SPR band. While NO{sub 2} and oxygen were oxidative and induced the production of YSZ bound oxygen anions, charge removal from the AuNPs and a redshift in the SPR band.

  9. Break down of losses in thin electrolyte SOFCs

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    Barfod, Rasmus; Hagen, Anke; Ramousse, S.

    2006-01-01

    The contributions of the individual components of the cell (anode, cathode, and electrolyte) to the cell resistance were determined experimentally, directly from impedance spectra obtained from a full cell. It was an anode supported thin electrolyte cell, consisting of a YSZ electrolyte, a Ni....../YSZ cermet anode, and a LSM composite cathode. Additional, qualitative information was obtained using symmetric cells with LSM composite electrodes. The investigations were carried out in the temperature interval from 700 to 850 degrees C. The electrolyte and anode activation energies obtained were 0.9 and 1...

  10. Performance and Electrochemical Characterisation of Thin Electrolyte SOFCs

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    Ramos, Tania; Hjelm, Johan; Wandel, Marie Emilie

    2008-01-01

    The performance and electrochemical behavior of two anode-supported thin electrolyte cells, with different manufacturing parameters, is determined by polarization measurements and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). In addition to characterization, a previously suggested equivalent...... circuit consisting of a series resistance (Rs) and five arcs to describe the polarization resistance of the cell is tested. The aim is to breakdown and assign the losses to each individual cell component around open circuit voltage at selected temperatures. As will be seen, the proposed in...

  11. Modified strontium titanates: From defect chemistry to SOFC anodes

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    Verbraeken, M.C.; Ramos, Tania; Agersted, Karsten

    2015-01-01

    and amount of substituent, but also perovskite defect chemistry, distinguishing between A-site deficiency (A1-xBO3) and cation-stoichiometry (ABO3+δ). Literature suggests distinct differences in the materials properties between the latter two compositional approaches. After discussing the defect chemistry...... of modified strontium titanates, this paper reviews three different A-site deficient donor (La, Y, Nb) substituted strontium titanates for their electrical behaviour and fuel cell performance. Promising performances in both electrolyte as well as anode supported cell designs have been obtained, when using...

  12. Preparation of Porosity-Graded SOFC Anode Substrates

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    Holtappels, P.; Sorof, C.; Verbraeken, M.C.; Rambert, S.; Vogt, U.

    2006-01-01

    Porosity graded anode substrates for solid oxide fuel cells are considered to optimise the gas transport through the substrate by maintaining a high electrochemical activity for fuel oxidation at the anode/solid electrolyte interface. In this work, the fabrication of porosity graded anode substrates

  13. Titanium doped LSCM anode for hydrocarbon fuelled SOFCs

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    Azad, Abul K.; Hakem, Afizul; Petra, Pg. M. Iskandar [Faculty of Integrated Technologies, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Gadong BE 1410 (Brunei Darussalam)

    2015-05-15

    La{sub 0.75}Sr{sub 0.25}Cr{sub 0.5-x}Mn{sub 0.5}Ti{sub x}O{sub 3} (x = 0.1, 0.2) has been synthesized in solid state reaction method and tested as a potential anode material for solid oxide fuel cells. Rietveld refinement of X-ray powder diffraction data using Fullprof software shows that the materials crystallize in the rhombohedral symmetry in the R-3C space group. The cell parameters are: a = b = 5.5286 (4) Å, c = 13.408(1) Å, α = β = 90°, γ = 120°. Particle size distribution measurements show that the average particle size for x = 0.1 and 0.2 was 232.66 nm and 176.63 nm, respectively. The potential on particles were found to be −22.86 mV and −27.73 mV, for x = 0.1 and x = 0.2, respectively. Thermal expansion measurement using thermo-mechanical analyzer shows that the thermal expansion coefficient is 13.96 × 10{sup −6}/°C which is close to the thermal expansion of the state-of–the art YSZ electrolyte. Microstructure has been observed from scanning electron microscopy which shows a porous structure. Energy dispersive X-ray shows that the percentage of the different cations and anions in the structure are close to the chemical occupancies.

  14. 10 kW SOFC POWER SYSTEM COMMERCIALIZATION

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    Dan Norrick; Brad Palmer; Todd Romine; Charles Vesely; Eric Barringer; Cris DeBellis; Rich Goettler; Kurt Kneidel; Milind Kantak; Steve Kung; Greg Rush

    2003-08-01

    The program is organized into three developmental periods. In Phase 1 the team will develop and demonstrate a proof-of-concept prototype design and develop a manufacturing plan to substantiate potential producibility at a target cost level of $800/kW factory manufacturing cost. Phase 2 will further develop the design and reduce the manufacturing cost to a level of $600 kW. Depending on an assessment of the maturity of the technology at the end of Phase 1, Phase 2 may be structured and supplemented to provide a limited production capability. Finally, in Phase 3, a full Value Package Introduction (VPI) Program will be integrated into the SECA program to develop a mass-producible design at a factory cost of $400/kW with full cross-functional support for unrestricted commercial sales. The path to market for new technology products in the Cummins system involves two processes. The first is called Product Preceding Technology, or PPT. The PPT process provides a methodology for exploring potentially attractive technologies and developing them to the point that they can be reliably scheduled into a new product development program with a manageable risk to the product introduction schedule or product quality. Once a technology has passed the PPT gate, it is available to be incorporated into a Value Package Introduction (VPI) Program. VPI is the process that coordinates the cross-functional development of a fully supported product. The VPI Program is designed to synchronize efforts in engineering, supply, manufacturing, marketing, finance, and product support areas in such a way that the product, when introduced to the market, represents the maximum value to the customer.

  15. Continued SOFC cell and stack technology and improved production methods

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    Wandel, M.; Brodersen, K.; Phair, J. (and others)

    2009-05-15

    Within this project significant results are obtained on a number of very diverse areas ranging from development of cell production, metallic creep in interconnect to assembling and test of stacks with foot print larger than 500 cm2. Out of 38 milestones 28 have been fulfilled and 10 have been partly fulfilled. This project has focused on three main areas: 1) The continued cell development and optimization of manufacturing processes aiming at production of large foot-print cells, improving cell performance and development environmentally more benign production methods. 2) Stack technology - especially stacks with large foot print and improving the stack design with respect to flow geometry and gas leakages. 3) Development of stack components with emphasis on sealing (for 2G as well as 3G), interconnect (coat, architecture and creep) and test development. Production of cells with a foot print larger than 500 cm2 is very difficult due to the brittleness of the cells and great effort has been put into this topic. Eight cells were successfully produced making it possible to assemble and test a real stack thereby giving valuable results on the prospects of stacks with large foot print. However, the yield rate is very low and a significant development to increase this yield lies ahead. Several lessons were learned on the stack level regarding 'large foot print' stacks. Modelling studies showed that the width of the cell primarily is limited by production and handling of the cell whereas the length (in the flow direction) is limited by e.g. pressure drop and necessary manifolding. The optimal cell size in the flow direction was calculated to be between approx20 cm and < 30 cm. From an economical point of view the production yield is crucial and stacks with large foot print cell area are only feasible if the cell production yield is significantly enhanced. Co-casting has been pursued as a production technique due to the possibilities in large scale production. Different types of co-casting were tried and the results are very promising. The results indicate that upon proper development production price can be significantly lowered and better control on thickness and microstructure may be obtained. Lamination as a technique to produce half cells has been developed within this project and results showed that the technique gives good control over the various layers. The enhanced control on thickness made it possible to develop cells with even thinner anode support and thereby decreasing the material consumption and still maintain small cell curvature and low electrolyte leak-rate. New cathodes based on LSCF were screen printed onto standard half-cells and tested in a stack. The ASR of the cells was lowered compared to standard 2G production cells and also the degradation was improved. A 10 cell stack was assembled and is still operated - more than 3000 hr has now been reached. An improvement in ASR was also obtained for half-cells produced without MEK and DBP in the paste thereby combining a more environmentally production with improved performance. (LN)

  16. Study of variables for accelerating lifetime testing of SOFCs

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    Ploner, Alexandra; Hagen, Anke; Hauch, Anne

    at a generally accepted result. First accelerated testing approaches were performed under non-steady operation conditions (current cycling,temperature cycling) by different researchers [1, 2]. However, cycling conditions seemed to have no significant impact on degradation mechanisms. Furthermore, tests done...

  17. Development of cathode materials for low temperature SOFC

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    Christie, G.M.; Van Heuveln, F.H.; Van Berkel, F.P.F.

    1996-06-01

    Electrochemical techniques have been used to evaluate the performance of porous La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}Co{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 0.8}O{sub 3-{delta}} electrodes when used in conjunction with Ce{sub 0.9}Gd{sub 0.1}O{sub 1.}9{sub 5} electrolytes at 700C in air. Two very distinct regimes of behavior have been identified. At low electrode overpotential a poor performance was observed, and at higher electrode overpotential a transition to a very significantly higher performance regime occurred. Variations in electrode microstructure had the most significant effect on electrode performance in the high performance regime, where the electrodes with the smallest particles exhibited the lowest resistances. Impregnation of the oxide electrode with microcrystalline particles of platinum significantly enhanced the electrode performance. A qualitative interpretation of the results suggest that the onset of the high performance regime at high overpotentials is due to enhanced oxygen transport through the bulk of the electrode. 5 figs., 1 tab., 7 refs.

  18. Fuel flow distribution in SOFC stacks revealed by impedance spectroscopy

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    Mosbæk, Rasmus Rode; Hjelm, Johan; Barfod, Rasmus

    2014-01-01

    Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS). The stack measurement geometry was optimized for EIS by careful selection of the placement of current feeds and voltage probes in order to minimize measurement errors. It was demonstrated that with the improved placement of current feeds and voltage probes it is possible...... to separate the loss contributions in an ohmic and a polarization part and that the low frequency response is useful in detecting mass transfer limitations. This methodology can be used to detect possible minor changes in the supply of gas to the individual cells, which is important when going to high fuel...

  19. Metal-Supported SOFC with Ceramic-Based Anode

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    Blennow Tullmar, Peter; Klemensø, Trine; Persson, Åsa Helen;

    2011-01-01

    materials are infiltrated after sintering. Initial area specific resistance as low as 0.3 cm2 at 700 ºC has been obtained with power densities > 1 Wcm-2. The initial results on the chemical compatibility, electrochemical performance, and galvanostatic durability of a ceramic based (Nb-doped SrTiO3...... the metal-supported cell concept can be combined with ceramic-based anode materials, such as Nb-doped SrTiO3. The paper shows that a metal-supported cell can have excellent performance by only having electronically conducting phases in the anode backbone structure, into which electrocatalytically active...

  20. High Performance Infiltrated Backbones for Cathode-Supported SOFC's

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    Gil, Vanesa; Kammer Hansen, Kent

    2014-01-01

    A four-step infiltration method has been developed to infiltrate La0.75Sr0.25MnO3+δ (LSM25) nanoparticles into porous structures (YSZ or LSM-YSZ backbones). The pore size distribution in the backbones is obtained either by using PMMA and/or graphites as pore formers or by leaching treatment of sa...... of samples with Ni remained in the YSZ structure at high temperatures. All impregnated backbones, presented Rs comparable to a standard screen printed cathode, which proves that LSM nanoparticles forms a pathway for electron conduction....