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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; Zhao, Yingru; Liso, Vincenzo;

    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 SOFC micro-CHP system for small households located in five different climate zones in China. The ability...... 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...

  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; Liso, Vincenzo; Zhao, Yingru

    2013-01-01

    and operation of CHP system are greatly dependent upon the seasonal atmospheric conditions, which determine directly the thermal and electrical demands of residents, it is important to evaluate the performance of the CHP system under difference climate conditions to ensure that it matches well with the local...... 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...... for sizing the system components of the micro-CHP are addressed specifically. The developed methodology can be applied to different types of residence with different load profiles....

  4. Distributed power generation using biogas fuelled microturbines

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    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. 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.

  6. A case study analysis of system efficiency, viability and energy values of SOFC based fuel cell Micro-CHP for office buildings

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    Tesfai, Alem; Mylona, A.; Connor, Paul Alexander; Cassidy, Mark; Irvine, John Thomas Sirr

    2015-01-01

    The built environment is a large contributor to the greenhouse gas emissions. The first step in tackling environmental impact and fuel cost reduction is the minimization of energy losses through introduction of new and more efficient energy conversion technologies. In this study, the potential application of fuel cell micro-CHP in a typical office building is investigated. A 1.5 kWel fuel cell micro-CHP has been installed in an office building at CIBSE headquarters (HQ). The unit converts nat...

  7. 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...

  8. Measurements on and simulations of a biogas-fuelled bus

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    Mathematical models for torque/fuel consumption and emissions have been studied for a biogas-fuelled bus used in urban traffic in Linkoeping, Sweden. It is noted that the cycle ECE R-49 is not representative for city buses, but that the Braunschweig cycle gives rather good agreement. 2 refs, 37 figs

  9. 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 generation technology is a microcombined heat and power system (micro-CHP). Micro-CHP is an energy-efficient technology that simultaneously provides heat and electricity to households. In this paper, we ...

  10. 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.

  11. Micro CHP: implications for energy companies

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    Harrison, Jeremy [EA Technology (United Kingdom); Kolin, Simon; Hestevik, Svein [Sigma Elektroteknisk A/S (Norway)

    2000-08-01

    This article explains how micro combined heat and power (CHP) technology may help UK energy businesses to maintain their customer base in the current climate of liberalisation and competition in the energy market The need for energy companies to adopt new technologies and adapt to changes in the current aggressive environment, the impact of privatisation, and the switching of energy suppliers by customers are discussed. Three potential routes to success for energy companies are identified, namely, price reductions, branding and affinity marketing, and added value services. Details are given of the implementation of schemes to encourage energy efficiency, the impact of the emissions targets set at Kyoto, the advantages of micro CHP generation, business opportunities for CHP, business threats from existing energy companies and others entering the field, and the commercial viability of micro CHP.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Sustainable energy supply to very low-energy buildings by means of Micro-CHP technologies and solar thermal energy

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    Sicre, Benoit Ghislain

    2005-01-01

    Description and assessment of technology-related concepts aiming at improving the energy conservation in residential buildings. Explanation of the method and discussion of the whole-year simulation results for SOFC micro-CHP systems and Stirling engines in relation with single-family houses of different thermal insulation standards. Benchmark with conventional energy supply systems. Computation of allowable investment costs Beschreibung und Beurteilung unter technischen, ökonom...

  16. 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

    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 elec......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...

  17. 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.

  18. Expanders for micro-CHP systems with organic Rankine cycle

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    The continual increases in global energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions call for more and more utilisation of sustainable energy sources, such as solar energy, biomass energy, and waste heat. Solar thermal energy, the heat of biomass combustion and waste heat may be used to drive a combined heat and power (CHP) system. In recent years, several micro-CHP systems with organic Rankine cycle (ORC) suitable for domestic applications (1-10 kWe) driven by solar thermal, biomass-fired boilers and waste heat resources have been investigated. These ORC-based micro-CHP systems have lower operation pressures and temperatures compared to conventional steam-Rankine cycle CHP systems and hence safer for household applications. However, the lack of commercially available expanders applicable to ORC-based micro-CHP systems has hindered the development of these novel CHP systems. This paper summarizes the findings of the market research for the expanders and discusses the selection and choices of the expanders for ORC-based micro-CHP systems. The working principles and the characteristics of several kinds of expanders, including turbine expanders (i.e., turboexpander), screw expanders, scroll expanders and vane expanders, are introduced and evaluated. - Highlights: → Expanders are vital to ORC-based micro-CHP but not yet commercially available. → Selection and choices of the expanders for 1-10 kWe micro-CHP are discussed. → Vane expanders modified from vane-type air motors have been applied by the authors. → Scroll expanders and vane expanders are likely the good choices for 1-10 kWe micro-CHP.

  19. Expanders for micro-CHP systems with organic Rankine cycle

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    Qiu, Guoquan; Liu, Hao; Riffat, Saffa

    2011-01-01

    Abstract The continual increases in global energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions call for more and more utilisation of sustainable energy sources, such as solar energy, biomass energy, and waste heat. Solar thermal energy, the heat of biomass combustion and waste heat may be used to drive a combined heat and power (CHP) system. In recent years, several micro-CHP systems with organic Rankine cycle (ORC) suitable for domestic applications (1-10kWe) driven by solar thermal, bioma...

  20. 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

    As micro-combined heat and power (micro-CHP) systems move towards mass deployment together with other kinds of distributed energy resources (DER), an increasing emphasis has been placed on how to coordinate such a large diversified DER portfolio in an efficient way by the Virtual Power Plant (VPP...... three different micro-CHP systems to investigate the feasibility of being controlled by price. Such analysis is relevant for both controller designs for micro-CHP systems and VPP related operations. The results indicate that controlling the micro-CHP systems by price is feasible but could result in...

  1. 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.)

  2. Development of Next Generation micro-CHP System

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    Arsalis, Alexandros

    is applied to minimize the annual cost of the HEN (Heat Exchanger Network). The results obtained throughout this research work indicate the high potential of the proposed micro-CHP system, since net electrical efficiencies of up to 44% were reached, which are far and away higher than heat engine...... 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......). The parametric study is conducted to determine the most viable system/component design based on maximizing total system efficiency; (c) An improved operational strategy is formulated and applied in an attempt to minimize operational implications, experienced when using conventional operational strategies; (d...

  3. 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.

    2012-10-01

    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 level in a completely distributed manner. Avoiding a centralized controller both eases computation complexity and preserves communication structure in the network. Local information is used to decide to turn on or off the micro-CHP, but through price signals between the prosumers the network as a whole operates in a cooperative way.

  4. Keeping the emission limits. Measures for reducing formaldehyde emissions of biogas-fuelled cogeneration systems; Emissionsgrenzwerte einhalten. Massnahmen zur Minderung von Formaldehyd-Emissionen an mit Biogas betriebenen BHKWs

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    Zikoridse, Gennadi; Neumann, Torsten [Hochschule fuer Technik und Wirtschaft Dresden (Germany); Gamer, Peter; Moczigemba, Torsten [Saechsisches Landesamt fuer Umwelt und Geologie, Dresden (Germany)

    2009-11-15

    Biogas has a wide range of applications as a motor fuel and in the natural gas distribution grid. In Germany, it is produced and used mainly in agricultural plants. Biogas-fuelled cogeneration systems have a vast potential for saving of primary energy resources and for reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. (orig.)

  5. 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...

  6. 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

    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...... efficiency drop in the recirculation system. Due to high temperature of operation heat loss strongly affects the system efficiency especially at part load operation....

  7. 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

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

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    Matysko Robert; Mikielewicz Jarosław; Ihnatowicz Eugeniusz

    2014-01-01

    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 equipp...

  9. Implementation of a TPV integrated boiler for micro-CHP in residential buildings

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    Highlights: • A TPV integrated boiler for micro-CHP application is designed, tested and demonstrated. • Thermal radiation was emitted by a porous emitter in the TPV unit. • The electric output of four TPV cell modules connected in series is measured and characterized under various conditions. • 246.4 Electricity is generated at the emitter temperature of 1265 °C. • This study shows that TPV generation in boilers/furnaces is feasible for micro-CHP application in residential buildings. - Abstract: There is a growing interest in direct thermal-to-electric energy conversion using solid state devices such as thermophotovoltaic (TPV) generators. TPV devices convert thermal radiation from heat sources into electricity without involving any moving parts. TPV opens up possibility for efficient and stand-alone power generation in boilers and furnaces. In this paper, a TPV integrated boiler was designed, built and investigated for micro combined heat and power (micro-CHP) application in residential buildings. A full size gas fired residential boiler was used as a precursor for integration with TPV devices. Experiments were conducted with the prototype TPV boiler so as to evaluate various issues related to this new technology. The electric output of TPV modules installed in the boiler was characterized under different operating conditions. The TPV cell modules generated 246.4 W at an emitter temperature of 1265 °C, which would be enough to power the electrical components of the whole heating system. Moreover, such a TPV integrated boiler could be employed to form a micro-CHP system in residential homes, providing an effective means for primary energy savings, on-site power and energy security

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

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

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    Matysko, Robert; Mikielewicz, Jarosław; Ihnatowicz, Eugeniusz

    2014-03-01

    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.

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. Modelling the Italian household sector at the municipal scale: Micro-CHP, renewables and energy efficiency

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    This study investigates the potential of energy efficiency, renewables, and micro-cogeneration to reduce household consumption in a medium Italian town and analyses the scope for municipal local policies. The study also investigates the effects of tourist flows on town's energy consumption by modelling energy scenarios for permanent and summer homes. Two long-term energy scenarios (to 2030) were modelled using the MarkAL-TIMES generator model: BAU (business as usual), which is the reference scenario, and EHS (exemplary household sector), which involves targets of penetration for renewables and micro-cogeneration. The analysis demonstrated the critical role of end-use energy efficiency in curbing residential consumption. Cogeneration and renewables (PV (photovoltaic) and solar thermal panels) were proven to be valuable solutions to reduce the energetic and environmental burden of the household sector (−20% in 2030). Because most of household energy demand is ascribable to space-heating or hot water production, this study finds that micro-CHP technologies with lower power-to-heat ratios (mainly, Stirling engines and microturbines) show a higher diffusion, as do solar thermal devices. The spread of micro-cogeneration implies a global reduction of primary energy but involves the internalisation of the primary energy, and consequently CO2 emissions, previously consumed in a centralised power plant within the municipality boundaries. - Highlights: • Energy consumption in permanent homes can be reduced by 20% in 2030. • High efficiency appliances have different effect according to their market penetration. • Use of electrical heat pumps shift consumption from natural gas to electricity. • Micro-CHP entails a global reduction of energy consumption but greater local emissions. • The main CHP technologies entering the residential market are Stirling and μ-turbines

  18. Desiccant HVAC system driven by a micro-CHP: Experimental analysis

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    Angrisani, Giovanni; Roselli, Carlo; Sasso, Maurizio [Universita degli Studi del Sannio, Dipartimento di Ingegneria, Piazza Roma 21, Benevento, 82100 (Italy); Minichiello, Francesco [Universita degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, DETEC, P.le Tecchio 80, Napoli, 80125 (Italy)

    2010-11-15

    In the Mediterranean area, there is increase in demand for summer cooling satisfied by electrically driven units in domestic and small commercial sectors; this involves electric peak loads and black-outs. Consequently, there is an increasing interest in small scale polygeneration systems fuelled by natural gas. In this paper, attention is paid to a test facility, located in Southern Italy, to carry out experimental analysis on a small scale polygeneration system based on a natural gas-fired Micro-CHP and a desiccant HVAC system. The MCHP provides thermal power, recovered from engine cooling and exhaust gas, for the regeneration of the desiccant wheel and electric power for the chiller, the auxiliaries and the external units (computers, lights, etc.). The HVAC system can also operate in traditional way, by interacting with electric grid and gas-fired boiler. An overview of the main experimental results is shown, considering both the desiccant wheel and the global polygeneration system. The experimental results confirm that the performances of the desiccant wheel are strongly influenced by outdoor thermal-hygrometric air properties and regeneration temperature. The polygeneration system guarantees primary energy savings up to 21.2% and greenhouse-gas emissions reductions up to 38.6% with respect to conventional HVAC systems based on separate energy ''production''. (author)

  19. 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...

  20. The financial viability of an SOFC cogeneration system in single-family dwellings

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    Alanne, Kari; Saari, Arto; Ugursal, V. Ismet; Good, Joel

    In the near future, fuel cell-based residential micro-CHP systems will compete with traditional methods of energy supply. A micro-CHP system may be considered viable if its incremental capital cost compared to its competitors equals to cumulated savings during a given period of time. A simplified model is developed in this study to estimate the operation of a residential solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system. A comparative assessment of the SOFC system vis-à-vis heating systems based on gas, oil and electricity is conducted using the simplified model for a single-family house located in Ottawa and Vancouver. The energy consumption of the house is estimated using the HOT2000 building simulation program. A financial analysis is carried out to evaluate the sensitivity of the maximum allowable capital cost with respect to system sizing, acceptable payback period, energy price and the electricity buyback strategy of an energy utility. Based on the financial analysis, small (1-2 kW e) SOFC systems seem to be feasible in the considered case. The present study shows also that an SOFC system is especially an alternative to heating systems based on oil and electrical furnaces.

  1. Integrated HT-PEMFC and multi-fuel reformer for micro CHP. Final report

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    2010-07-01

    reformed both methane and biogas although the efficiency was low, on the order of 15% due to excessive slip and heat losses. The construction and test of an integrated micro CHP system revealed several problems with the core technology. Therefore, rather than working with the integrated system, individual system components were tested separately. In spite of the problems with the reformer and the fuel cell stack the system was successfully operated and an electric efficiency of 18%{sub LHV} was demonstrated. (Author)

  2. Demonstration Stirling Engine based Micro-CHP with ultra-low emissions

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    Oeberg, Rolf; Olsson, Fredrik [Carl Bro Energikonsult AB (Sweden); Paalsson, Magnus [Lund Inst. of Technology (Sweden)

    2004-03-01

    tests in Goeteborg were not quite successful in the respect that the number of accumulated operating hours, 2,100, was far below the expected. The unit normally also had to be operated at part load. However, this was not due to problems with the Stirling CHP-unit, but mostly was a consequence of 'external' factors not actually related to the technology itself. Many problems, especially during the first months of operation, were caused by interference between the existing external control system for the hot water system and gas fired boiler and the internal Stirling control system, which resulted in frequent shut-down of the Stirling unit. Some problems were also experienced by the internal control system causing shutdowns without any detectable reasons. When the unit was in operation, it performed well and emission and performance data were quite satisfying. No problems were experienced with the new type of combustion system, which operated very well, although a minor modification had to be made. Some minor modifications should also be done to the internal control system in order to make it easier to handle. The 'external' problems mentioned above could easily be solved in a commercial installation. The feasibility study shows that the market conditions in Sweden for this type of 'micro CHP-units' presently isn't too prosperous. This is mainly due to the rather high investment cost and low electricity prices in Sweden, but the situation in other parts of Europe is probably a lot better in the later respect. The investment cost including installation is approximately 270 k SEK (30 k EUR) and the cost for the electricity produced is about 1,5 SEK/kWh{sub el} (0,16 EUR/kW{sub el}). (6 % interest, 10 years depreciation, gas price 480 SEK/MWh - 52 EUR/MWh.) This is comparable to other micro-CHP technologies. The short operating time, mostly on part load, on site limitates the conclusions that can be made on the long-time availability and

  3. 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 ...

  4. Numerical optimization and economic analysis in the design of a micro-CHP systemwith a Stirling engine and a solar collector

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    Ferreira, Ana C. M.

    2014-01-01

    Tese de doutoramento do Programa Doutoral em Engenharia Industrial e de Sistemas The micro-CHP systems are a promising technology for improving the energy efficiency of small energy conversion units, located near the end user. The combined heat and power production allows the optimal use of the primary energy sources and significant reductions in carbon emissions. Its use, still incipient, has a great potential for applications in the residential sector. This study aims to develop a method...

  5. Experimental development, 1D CFD simulation and energetic analysis of a 15 kw micro-CHP unit based on reciprocating internal combustion engine

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    Cogeneration is commonly recognized as one of the most effective solutions to achieve the increasingly stringent reduction in primary energy consumption and greenhouse emissions. This characteristic led to the adoption of specific directives promoting this technique. In addition, a strategic role in power reliability is recognized to distributed generation. The study and prototyping of cogeneration plants, therefore, has involved many research centres. This paper deals with energetic aspects of CHP referring to the study of a 15 kW micro-CHP plant based on a LPG reciprocating engine designed, built and grid connected. The plant consists of a heat recovery system characterized by a single water circuit recovering heat from exhaust gases, from engine coolant and from the energy radiated by the engine within the shell hosting the plant. Some tests were carried out at whole open throttle and the experimental data were collected. However it was needed to perform a 1D thermo-fluid dynamics simulation of the engine to completely characterize the micro-CHP. As the heat actually recovered depends on the user's thermal load, particularly from the required temperature's level, a comparison of the results for six types of users were performed: residential, hospital, office, commercial, sports, hotel. Both Italian legislative indexes IRE and LT were evaluated, as defined by A.E.E.G resolution n. 42/02 and subsequent updates, as well as the plant's total Primary Energy Saving. - Highlights: • This paper deals with energetic aspects of CHP referring to the study of a 15 kW micro-CHP plant. • The 15 kW micro-CHP plant is based on a GPL reciprocating engine designed, built and grid connected. • Some tests were carried out at whole open throttle and the experimental data were collected. • It was needed to perform a 1D thermo-fluid dynamics simulation of the engine to completely characterize the micro-CHP. • The analysed solution is particularly suited for

  6. 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

    The development of fuel cell technologies offers the opportunity to achieve significant improvements in energy conversion efficiencies at many scales. The high operating temperature (700-1000 Celsius) of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) has a number of consequences, the most important of which...

  7. A new approach for near real-time micro-CHP management in the context of power system imbalances – A case study

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    Highlights: • An aggregator consisting of micro-CHPs was proposed. • A near-real time balance optimization was developed. • A case study that resembles the actual situation of the Belgian energy market is studied. • Using the near-real time balance optimization a cost decrease between 2.5% and 5% can be achieved. - Abstract: In order to ensure reliable operation of the electric grid, it is required to keep the balance between total generation and consumption of power in real-time. This task is performed by the transmission system operator. Nowadays, with the large penetration of intermittent generation on the electric grid there is a need to increase the flexibility of the system in order to ensure the balance. The present study develops a methodology to provide near real-time balancing services making use of an aggregation of micro-CHP devices. The controller of the aggregator bids electricity into the day-ahead market using the expected heat demand and spot market prices. The main focus of this work is on the near real-time optimization which is performed during the actual day. This optimization provides the opportunity to obtain extra profits by rescheduling the operation of the aggregator. The rescheduling is done in order to compensate the total system imbalance. To achieve this, every time step, the aggregator evaluates the system demand for up or down regulation and decides if it is profitable to adjust its position to provide balancing services to the power system. The methodology is applied to a case study that resembles the actual situation of the energy market and CHP installations in Belgium. The results show that using the near real-time balancing optimization a total cost decrease of 5% can be achieved depending on the season. This conclusion is valid even if there is an increase of the gas prices and if the actual governmental support on CHPs is not taken into account

  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

    A novel proposal for the modeling and operation of a micro-CHP (combined-heat-and-power) residential system based on HT-PEMFC (High Temperature-Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell) technology is described and analyzed to investigate its commercialization prospects. An HT-PEMFC operates at elevated...

  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 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 in this and...

  11. 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.

  12. Facts and figures, an International Energy Agency SOFC task report

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

    1992-04-15

    The report covers the following themes: SOFC chemistry, properties of SOFC gases and materials, electrochemistry, electric current flow in SOFC elements, SOFC configurations, mass flow phenomena and linearized SOFC performance analysis. figs., tabs., 27 refs.

  13. 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...... from air. Subsequent separation and sequestration of CO2 is therefore easier on a SOFC plant than on conventional power plants based on combustion. Oxide ion conducting materials may be used for gas separation purposes with close to 100 % selectivity. They typically work in the same temperature range...

  14. Progress in understanding SOFC electrodes

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

    2002-01-01

    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. 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

  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. SOFC and Gas Separation Membranes

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

    2009-01-01

    How will the future, sustainable energy system look like? The answer to this difficult question depends on a number of technical but also political and socio-economic issues. Besides a massive demand to build up of power supply systems based on renewables, there is a strong need to reduce losses, 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 i...

  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. Pressurized SOFC systems for stationary applications

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    Leucht, Florian; Seidler, Stephanie; Henke, Moritz; Bessler, Wolfgang G.; Kallo, Josef; Friedrich, K. Andreas

    2009-01-01

    Solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) systems show very high electrical efficiencies even at small sizes. DLR applies a multidisciplinary and multiscale approach to designing and optimizing pressurized SOFC systems for hybrid power plants. A large Simulink model library was developed featuring balance-of-plant components as well as fuel cell models. Recently a pressurized cell test rig was taken into operation.

  1. 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.

  2. 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...

  3. Real-SOFC - A Joint European Effort to Improve SOFC Durability

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    Steinberger-Wilckens, Robert; Bucheli, Olivier; De Haart, L.G.J.; Hagen, Anke; Kiviaho, Jari; Larsen, Jørgen G.; Pyke, Stephen; Rietveld, B. G.; Sfeir, Josef; Tietz, Frank

    2009-01-01

    The Integrated Project Real-SOFC joined 26 partners from throughout Europe active in SOFC technology. The project was funded by the European Commission within the 6th Framework Programme and aimed at improving the durability of planar SOFC stacks to degradation rates of well below 1% per 1 000 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 ex...

  4. 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.

  5. Formulating liquid ethers for microtubular SOFCs

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    Kendall, Kevin; Slinn, Matthew; Preece, John

    One of the key problems of applying solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) in transportation is that conventional fuels like kerosene and diesel do not operate directly in SOFCs without prereforming to hydrogen and carbon monoxide which can be handled by the nickel cermet anode. SOFCs can internally reform certain hydrocarbon molecules such as methanol and methane. However, other liquid fuels usable in petrol or diesel internal combustion engines (ICEs) have not easily been reformable directly on the anode. This paper describes a search for liquid fuels which can be mixed with petrol or diesel and also injected directly into an SOFC without destroying the nickel anode. When fuel molecules such as octane are injected onto the conventional nickel/yttria stabilised zirconia (Ni/YSZ) SOFC fuel electrode, the anode rapidly becomes blocked by carbon deposition and the cell power drops to near zero in minutes. This degeneration of the anode can be inhibited by injection of air or water into the anode or by some upstream reforming just before entry to the SOFC. Some smaller molecules such as methane, methanol and methanoic acid produce a slight tendency to carbon deposition but not sufficient to prevent long term operation. In this project we have investigated a large number of molecules and now found that some liquid ethers do not significantly damage the anode when directly injected. These molecules and formulations with other components have been evaluated in this study. The theory put forward in this paper is that carbon-carbon bonds in the fuel are the main reason for anode damage. By testing a number of fuels without such bonds, particularly liquid ethers such as methyl formate and dimethoxy methane, it has been shown that SOFCs can run without substantial carbon formation. The proposal is that conventional fuels can be doped with these molecules to allow hybrid operation of an ICE/SOFC device.

  6. Biogas reforming process investigation for SOFC application

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    Highlights: • Mathematical model of fuel processor and experimental validation was made. • Simulations made to find syngas composition varying fuel processor operating conditions. • Experimental tests were carried out on SOFC mono-cell to obtain polarization curves. • The best conditions for SOFC/fuel processor integrated systems were defined. - Abstract: In recent years, research efforts on fuel cells have been addressed on the development of multifuel reformers with particular emphasis toward the potential use of non-traditional fuels. Among these, biogas is considered very promising to be used as syngas source for fuel cell system applications. The interest on this hydrogen source is focused mainly to supply high temperature fuel cells (HTFC). This paper reports a wide experimental research investigation on SOFC device supplied by syngas produced with different biogas reforming processes (steam reforming, autothermal reforming and partial oxidation). Thermodynamic simulations have been performed to determine the reformed gas composition varying process, reaction temperature and steam to carbon – oxygen to carbon ratios. Syngas mixtures obtained were experimentally tested in order to evaluate the performance of a SOFC mono-cell. Furthermore, an analysis of the combination: fuel processor with a SOFC stack has been determined in order to assess the total energy efficiency

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance Delphi SOFC

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    Steven Shaffer; Gary Blake; Sean Kelly; Subhasish Mukerjee; Karl Haltiner; Larry Chick; David Schumann; Jeff Weissman; Gail Geiger; Ralphi Dellarocco

    2006-12-31

    The following report details the results under the DOE SECA program for the period July 2006 through December 2006. Developments pertain to the development of a 3 to 5 kW Solid Oxide Fuel Cell power system for a range of fuels and applications. This report details technical results of the work performed under the following tasks for the SOFC Power System: Task 1 SOFC System Development; Task 2 Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Stack Developments; Task 3 Reformer Developments; Task 4 Development of Balance of Plant Components; Task 5 Project Management; and Task 6 System Modeling & Cell Evaluation for High Efficiency Coal-Based Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Gas Turbine Hybrid System.

  11. 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.

  12. 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...... commercial targets for lifetime and costs. This paper gives an overview of the activities in the project and of the main overall results achieved up to now....

  13. 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...

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Siemens SOFC Test Article and Module Design

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    None

    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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. 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...

  1. 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...

  2. 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.

  3. 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...

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 prod...

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

    Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (English)

    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.

  8. Modified strontium titanates: From defect chemistry to SOFC anodes

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    Verbraeken, M.C.; Ramos, Tania; Agersted, Karsten;

    2015-01-01

    Modified strontium titanates have received much attention recently for their potential as anode material in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). Their inherent redox stability and superior tolerance to sulphur poisoning and coking as compared to Ni based cermet anodes could improve durability of SOFC...... systems dramatically. Various substitution strategies can be deployed to optimise materials properties in these strontium titanates, such as electronic conductivity, electrocatalytic activity, chemical stability and sinterability, and thus mechanical strength. Substitution strategies not only cover choice...

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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. PMID:25407246

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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

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

    2012-01-01

    Multilayer tape casting (MTC) is considered a promising, cost-efficient, up-scalable shaping process for production of planar anode supported solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). Multilayer tape casting of the three layers comprising the half cell (anode support/active anode/electrolyte) can potentially...... be cost-efficient and simplify the half-cell manufacturing process. Fewer sintering steps (co-sintering), as well as fewer handling efforts, will be advantageous for up-scaled production. Previous reports have shown that our laboratory produces mechanically strong, high performing anode supported SOFC......, with high reproducibility, by tape casting of the anode support [1]. Recent initial results obtained on SOFC with half-cells produced by successive tape casting (MTC) of anode support, anode and electrolyte layers, followed by cosintering of the half-cell, showed increased performance and stability upon FC...

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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...... contains a complex microstructure. In order to improve the cell performance as well as reducing the processing costs, it has been found necessary to consider the process chain holistically, because successful manufacture of such a cell and the achievement of optimal final properties depend on each...

  20. 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 the sulfur content in the NG and afterwards a pre-reformer break down the heavier hydrocarbons. Both ASR (Adiabatic Steam Reformer) and CPO (Catalytic Partial Oxidation) fuel reformer reactors are consid...

  1. 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.

  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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. Performance evaluation of an integrated small-scale SOFC-biomass gasification power generation system

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    Wongchanapai, Suranat; Iwai, Hiroshi; Saito, Motohiro; Yoshida, Hideo

    2012-10-01

    The combination of biomass gasification and high-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) offers great potential as a future sustainable power generation system. In order to provide insights into an integrated small-scale SOFC-biomass gasification power generation system, system simulation was performed under diverse operating conditions. A detailed anode-supported planar SOFC model under co-flow operation and a thermodynamic equilibrium for biomass gasification model were developed and verified by reliable experimental and simulation data. The other peripheral components include three gas-to-gas heat exchangers (HXs), heat recovery steam generator (HRSG), burner, fuel and air compressors. To determine safe operating conditions with high system efficiency, energy and exergy analysis was performed to investigate the influence through detailed sensitivity analysis of four key parameters, e.g. steam-to-biomass ratio (STBR), SOFC inlet stream temperatures, fuel utilization factor (Uf) and anode off-gas recycle ratio (AGR) on system performance. Due to the fact that SOFC stack is accounted for the most expensive part of the initial investment cost, the number of cells required for SOFC stack is economically optimized as well. Through the detailed sensitivity analysis, it shows that the increase of STBR positively affects SOFC while gasifier performance drops. The most preferable operating STBR is 1.5 when the highest system efficiencies and the smallest number of cells. The increase in SOFC inlet temperature shows negative impact on system and gasifier performances while SOFC efficiencies are slightly increased. The number of cells required for SOFC is reduced with the increase of SOFC inlet temperature. The system performance is optimized for Uf of 0.75 while SOFC and system efficiencies are the highest with the smallest number of cells. The result also shows the optimal anode off-gas recycle ratio of 0.6. Regarding with the increase of anode off-gas recycle ratio

  6. Continued maturing of SOFC cell production technology and development and demonstration of SOFC stacks. Final report

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    2008-08-15

    The overall objective of the 6385 project was to develop stack materials, components and stack technology including industrial relevant manufacturing methods for cells components and stacks. Furthermore, the project should include testing and demonstration of the stacks under relevant operating conditions. A production of 6.829 cells, twenty 75-cell stacks and a number of small stacks was achieved. Major improvements were also made in the manufacturing methods and in stack design. Two test and demonstration activities were included in the project. The first test unit was established at H.C. OErsted power plant at the Copenhagen waterfront in order to perform test of SOFC stacks. The unit will be used for tests in other projects. The second demonstration unit is the alpha prototype demonstration in a system running on natural gas in Finland. The alpha prototype demonstration system with 24 TOFC (Topsoe Fuel Cell) stacks was established and started running in October 2007 and operational experience was gained in the period from October 2007 to February 2008. (auther)

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

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

    2009-01-01

    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......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......, 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...

  8. 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.

  9. 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....

  10. 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 configurations and simulations are presented and investigated. A parallel analysis for simpler power plants, combining GP, SOFC, and hybrid gas turbine (GT) is carried out to obtain a reference point for thermo...

  11. Metal-Supported SOFC with Ceramic-Based Anode

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    Blennow Tullmar, Peter; Klemensø, Trine; Persson, Åsa Helen;

    2011-01-01

    Metal-supported solid oxide fuel cells have shown promise 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. The purpose of this work is to illustrate how......), zirconia-free anode, in a planar metal-supported SOFC concept is discussed. ©2011 COPYRIGHT ECS - The Electrochemical Society...

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

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    Gil, Vanesa; Kammer Hansen, Kent

    2014-01-01

    -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...... with infiltrated LSM nanoparticles is shown in Fig. 1. Figure 1. Cross section of LSM infiltrated cathode supported cell. [Formula]...

  13. Niobium-doped strontium titanates as SOFC anodes

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

    2008-01-01

    Sr-vacancy compensated Nb-doped SrTiO(3) with the nominal composition Sr(0.94)Ti(0.9)Nb(0.1)O(3) has been evaluated as part of a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anode material in terms of redox stability, electrical conductivity, as well as electrochemical properties. Sr(0.94)Ti(0.9)Nb(0.1)O(3) has ...

  14. SOFC Modeling Considering Internal Reforming by a Global Kinetics Approach

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    Andersson, Martin; Yuan, Jinliang; Sundén, Bengt

    2009-01-01

    Fuel cells (FCs) are promising for future energy systems, since they are energy efficient and fuel can be produced locally. When hydrogen is used as fuel, there are no emissions of greenhouse gases. In this study a two dimensional CFD (COMSOL Multiphysics) is employed to study the effect from porous material surface area ratio on reforming reaction rates and gas species distributions for an anode-supported solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC). FCs can be considered as multifunctional energy devises, ...

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Innovative Seals for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC)

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    Singh, Raj

    2008-06-30

    A functioning SOFC requires different type of seals such as metal-metal, metal-ceramic, and ceramic-ceramic. These seals must function at high temperatures between 600--900{sup o}C and in oxidizing and reducing environments of the fuels and air. Among the different type of seals, the metal-metal seals can be readily fabricated using metal joining, soldering, and brazing techniques. However, the metal-ceramic and ceramic-ceramic seals require significant research and development because the brittle nature of ceramics/glasses can lead to fracture and loss of seal integrity and functionality. Consequently, any seals involving ceramics/glasses require a significant attention and technology development for reliable SOFC operation. This final report is prepared to describe the progress made in the program on the needs, approaches, and performance of high temperature seals for SOFC. In particular, a new concept of self-healing glass seals is pursued for making seals between metal-ceramic material combinations, including some with a significant expansion mismatch.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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}.

  1. 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.

  2. Biogas as a fuel source for SOFC co-generators

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    Van herle, Jan; Membrez, Yves; Bucheli, Olivier

    This study reports on the combination of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) generators fueled with biogas as renewable energy source, recoverable from wastes but at present underexploited. From a mobilisable near-future potential in the European Union (EU-15) of 17 million tonnes oil equivalent (Mtoe), under 15% appears to be converted today into useful heat and power (2 Mtoe). SOFCs could improve and promote the exploitation of biogas on manifold generation sites as small combined heat and power (5-50 kW el), especially for farm and sewage installations, raising the electrical conversion efficiency on such reduced and variable power level. Larger module packs of the high temperature ceramic converter would also be capable of operating on contaminated fuel of low heating value (less than 40% that of natural gas) which can emanate from landfill sites (MW-size). Landfill gas delivers 80% of current world biogas production. This document compiles and estimates biogas data on actual production and future potential and presents the thermodynamics of the biogas reforming and electrochemical conversion processes. A case study is reported of the energy balance of a small SOFC co-generator operated with agricultural biogas, the largest potential source.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

    2016-01-01

    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. PMID:27556472

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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 part...... SOFC-based power systems....

  9. 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. Simula...

  10. Infiltrated SrTiO3:FeCr-based anodes for metalsupported SOFC

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    Blennow Tullmar, Peter; Persson, Åsa Helen; Nielsen, Jimmi;

    2012-01-01

    The concept of using highly electronically conducting backbones with subsequent infiltration of electrocatalytic active materials, has recently been used to develop an alternative SOFC design based on a ferritic stainless steel support. The metal-supported SOFC is comprised of porous and highly...

  11. Infiltrated SrTiO3:FeCr-based anodes for metalsupported SOFC

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    Blennow Tullmar, Peter; Persson, Åsa Helen; Nielsen, Jimmi;

    The concept of using highly electronically conducting backbones with subsequent infiltration of electrocatalytic active materials, has recently been used to develop an alternative SOFC design based on a ferritic stainless steel support. The metal-supported SOFC is comprised of porous and highly...

  12. 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.

  13. 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)

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Relationships between structures and performance of SOFC anodes

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    Klemensø, Trine; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg; Jacobsen, Torben

    The nickel-YSZ cermet of the state-of-the-art anode-supported solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) degrades upon redox cycling. The degradation is a critical issue for the commercialization of the technology. Nickel-YSZ cermets with variable composition and microstructure were examined during redox cycling...... will be required to discover the full potential of the application of additives. The future work will be empirically based, or include detailed descriptions of the relationships between microstructural parameters and the cermet bulk properties....

  18. 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.

  19. Life Cycle Assessment and Life Cycle Costing of a SOFC system for distributed power generation

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    Highlights: • Assessment of 230 kW SOFC system from a life cycle perspective. • LCA–LCC toolbox developed to compare SOFC and MGT. • Eight sustainability indicators are identified as drivers for decision making. • Investment cost is a bottle-neck for SOFC systems. • SOFC systems show environmental–economic benefits for household applications. - Abstract: Through the combination of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Life Cycle Costing (LCC) in a dedicated toolbox, the aim of this paper is to evaluate both potential environmental impacts and potential costs of the operation of a 230 kW Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) system. LCA and LCC methodologies have been here applied for a comparison with a conventional technology, i.e. Micro Gas Turbine (MGT) for distributed power generation applications. A contribution analysis for the SOFC system fuelled with natural gas, reveals that the fuel supply is responsible of a relevant share of the environmental impact. The same system, fed with biogas, shows environmental benefits on global and regional impact categories, depending on the power energy mix used during the digestion process. For both SOFC and MGT systems, the life cycle hotspots are identifiable in the operation stage for the global warming category, and in the fuel supply stage for all the remaining impact categories. The LCA–LCC comparison between SOFC and MGT systems, based on a toolbox embedding a set of 8 sustainability indicators for decision making, shows that the SOFC system presents environmental and economic benefits in a life cycle perspective, particularly for household application. However, cost results to be the most sensitive bottle-neck for benchmarking with traditional energy systems. Therefore, the SOFC system is preferable to the conventional MGT technology when the sustainability of investment cost is demonstrated, whilst a wide advantage in environmental performance along the life cycle has been proved

  20. 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

  1. Electrochemical vapour deposition of SOFC interconnection materials. Doctoral thesis

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    van Dieten, V.

    1995-01-23

    The aim of this thesis is to investigate the synthesis of the SOFC (Solid Oxide Fuel Cells) interconnection material Mg-doped LaCrO3 by means of EVD (electrochemical vapor deposition). Although the EVD process is the key technology for the fabrication of the interconnect of the Westinghouse tubular concept SOFC, very little has been published on this subject. Nearly all publications on EVD are dealing with the synthesis of the electrolyte material YSZ. In Chapter 2 the principle of the EVD process is described, as well as the experimental setups used for the synthesis experiments. In Chapter 3 a thermodynamic analysis of the La-Cr-Mg-O-H-Cl-Ar system is made in order to determine how the EVD process conditions may affect the incorporation of magnesium in LaCrO3, and to predict the range of experimental conditions for the synthesis of Mg-doped LaCrO3 by means of CVD (chemical vapor deposition)/EVD. In Chapter 4 the EVD stage of the growth process is modeled. The experimental results of the synthesis of Mg-doped LaCrO3 on porous and gastight substrates are described in Chapter 5. In Chapter 6 the first results on the synthesis of the perovskite oxide YCrO3, a material resembling LaCrO3, by means of particle-precipitation-aided CVD(PP-CVD) are described, as well as the principles of the process.

  2. 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)

  3. Fuel flow distribution in SOFC stacks revealed by impedance spectroscopy

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    Mosbæk, Rasmus Rode; Hjelm, Johan; Barfod, Rasmus;

    2014-01-01

    As SOFC technology is moving closer to a commercial break through, methods to measure the “state-of-health” of operating stacks are becoming of increasing interest. This requires application of advanced methods for detailed electrical and electrochemical characterization during operation. An oper......As SOFC technology is moving closer to a commercial break through, methods to measure the “state-of-health” of operating stacks are becoming of increasing interest. This requires application of advanced methods for detailed electrical and electrochemical characterization during operation....... An operating stack is subject to compositional gradients in the gaseous reactant streams, and temperature gradients across each cell and across the stack, which complicates detailed analysis. An experimental stack with low ohmic resistance from Topsoe Fuel Cell A/S was characterized using Electrochemical...... 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...

  4. Design studies of mobile applications with SOFC-heat engine modules

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    Winkler, Wolfgang; Lorenz, Hagen

    The recent development of thin tubular solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), microturbines and Stirling engines has inspired design studies of the integration of a SOFC-heat engine (HE) system within a car. The total power system consists of a SOFC-HE power generation unit, a power storage (battery) system, a power management system and electric motors at the wheels. The sizes of the HE and the SOFC stack are to be matched by the start-up requirements. The use of micro tubes allows a very high power density of the stack. The thermodynamic calculation of the cycle gives the actual design values for the study and indicates further steps for system optimisation. The first SOFC-GT layout lead to an electric efficiency of 45% for the cycle used as a base for a design study [The Design of Stationary and Mobile SOFC-GT Systems, UECT, 2001]. The design study shows that the space available in a mid-class car allows the integration of such a system including space reserves. A further improvement of the system might allow an electric efficiency of more than 55%. The integration of a Stirling engine instead of the microturbine is a second possibility and the object of an ongoing study. This was motivated by interesting results from the development of solar powered Stirling engines. Generally, the analyses show that the optimal match of the SOFC and the HE will be a key issue for any engineering solution.

  5. 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). Gasification plant is fed by MSW to produce syngas by which the anode side of a SOFC is fed wherein...

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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}.

  11. 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

  12. Trends in Catalytic Activity for SOFC Anode materials

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    Rossmeisl, Jan; Bessler, W. G.

    2008-01-01

    Quantum mechanical calculations on the level of density-functional theory are used to calculate the stability of surface-adsorbed hydrogen atoms, oxygen atoms, and hydroxyl radicals for a variety of metals (Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Ru, Rh, Pd, Ag, Pt, Au) that may be used as electrode materials...... 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...... that oxygen spillover, where adsorbed oxygen is a key intermediate, is the dominant reaction pathway under the conditions used in the experiments. In this way the activity is linked directly to the microscopic binding affinities of reaction intermediates, providing a new understanding of the anode reaction...

  13. 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...

  14. 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.

  15. 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 fluctuating power production and to cope with the discrepancies between demand and supply of power, solid oxide fuel cells and electrolysis are considered key technologies. DTU Energy Conversion has a strong record in SOFC/SOEC research, with a close collaboration with industry, in particular with Danish...... 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...

  16. 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.

  17. 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)...

  18. Thermodynamic modeling of the power plant based on the SOFC with internal steam reforming of methane

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    Mathematical model based on the thermodynamic modeling of gaseous mixtures is developed for SOFC with internal steam reforming of methane. Macroscopic porous-electrode theory, including non-linear kinetics and gas-phase diffusion, is used to calculate the reforming reaction and the concentration polarization. Provided the data concerning properties and costs of materials the model is fit for wide range of parametric analysis of thermodynamic cycles including SOFC

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

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    Brian Elmegaard; Niels Houbak; Thomas Frank Petersen

    2006-01-01

    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 ...

  20. Design, Operation and Control Modelling of SOFC/GT Hybrid Systems

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    Stiller, Christoph

    2006-01-01

    This thesis focuses on modelling-based design, operation and control of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) and gas turbine (GT) hybrid systems. Fuel cells are a promising approach to high-efficiency power generation, as they directly convert chemical energy to electric work. High-temperature fuel cells such as the SOFC can be integrated in gas turbine processes, which further increases the electrical efficiency to values up to 70%. However, there are a number of obstacles for safe operation of such...

  1. 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)

  2. 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

  3. 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。

  4. 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...... electrode theory is the most suitable framework for any type of porous composite SOFC electrode evaluation.......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...... illustrated through a literature review on SOFC electrodes that porous electrode theory not only describes the classic LSM:YSZ SOFC cathode well, but SOFC electrodes in general. The extensive impedance spectroscopy study of LSM:YSZ cathodes consisted of measurements on cathodes with three different sintering...

  5. 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。

  6. Handbook of SOFC system in buildings. Legislation, standards and requirements

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    Klobut, K.; Vesanen, T.; Pykaelae, M.-L.; Sipilae, K.; Kiviaho, J.; Rosenberg, R.

    2009-02-15

    This publication is aimed at supporting the installation and exploitation of 50 kW SOFC in an office building. In this context, the standardisation situation has been scanned worldwide. Requirements concerning connection of the SOFC system to the public networks have been explored and solutions consulted with authorities and owners of the local natural gas, heating and electricity networks. Installed fuel cell systems must be CE marked and comply with a set of European Union directives. The group of standards related to stationary systems produced by the IEC TC 105 committee is the most important regulatory base for application preparation. A fuel cell power system and associated equipment, components, and controls shall be sited and installed in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions. A written fire prevention and emergency plan shall be provided as required by and in accordance with national standards. The room or area where the fuel cell power system is installed shall have a hydrogen detector. A new proposal has been developed, which combines a fuel cell system with the otherwise typical district heating connection scheme in Finland. Materials in connection with this must be carefully selected in the primary and secondary side to qualify for the whole life cycle. It must be possible to measure energy consumption in both directions (buy/sell mode). There are important requirements concerning electric energy-generating units. All exposed conductive parts of the electric power system shall be connected to the main earthing terminal or bar. If the neutral conductor exists it shall be connected at the network supply end to the main earthing terminal. The output filters of an interconnection device may not cause resonances with the rest of the electric grid. The interference with the grid operation is not allowed by any other reactive components that may cause changes in the operating parameters of the filters. The systems equipped with an inverter may

  7. 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)

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Performance analysis of a SOFC under direct internal reforming conditions

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    Janardhanan, Vinod M.; Heuveline, Vincent; Deutschmann, Olaf

    This paper presents the performance analysis of a planar solid-oxide fuel cell (SOFC) under direct internal reforming conditions. A detailed solid-oxide fuel cell model is used to study the influences of various operating parameters on cell performance. Significant differences in efficiency and power density are observed for isothermal and adiabatic operational regimes. The influence of air number, specific catalyst area, anode thickness, steam to carbon (s/c) ratio of the inlet fuel, and extend of pre-reforming on cell performance is analyzed. In all cases except for the case of pre-reformed fuel, adiabatic operation results in lower performance compared to isothermal operation. It is further discussed that, though direct internal reforming may lead to cost reduction and increased efficiency by effective utilization of waste heat, the efficiency of the fuel cell itself is higher for pre-reformed fuel compared to non-reformed fuel. Furthermore, criteria for the choice of optimal operating conditions for cell stacks operating under direct internal reforming conditions are discussed.

  12. 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......-stabilized Zirconia (YSZ) electrolyte coated with a thin layer of CGO, and YSZ electrolyte. Impedance spectra were measured to determine the polarization resistance (R,) and series resistance (R-s) on cells in a symmetric configuration. R-p of 0.19 Omega cm(2) at 600 degreesC and 0.026 Omega cm(2) at 700 degrees......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...

  13. 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)

  14. 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)

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. Use of alternative hydrogen energy carriers in SOFC-MGT hybrid power plants

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    Cocco, Daniele; Tola, Vittorio [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Cagliari, Piazza D' armi, 09123 Cagliari (Italy)

    2009-04-15

    SOFC-MGT hybrid power plants are a very attractive near-term option, as they achieve efficiencies of over 60% even for small power outputs (200-400 kW). The SOFC hybrid systems currently developed are fuelled with natural gas, which is reformed inside the same stack at about 800-900 C. However, the use of alternative fuels with a lower reforming temperature can improve performance of the hybrid plant. This paper is concerned with a comparative performance analysis of internally reformed SOFC-MGT power plants fuelled with methane, methanol, ethanol and DME. Since the reforming temperature of methanol and DME (250-350 C) is significantly lower than that of methane (700-900 C), the performance of externally reformed SOFC-MGT power plants using these fuels has been also evaluated. The comparative analysis has demonstrated that simply replacing methane with methanol, ethanol or DME in SOFC-MGT power plants with internal reforming slightly reduces efficiency and power output. However, using methanol and DME in externally reformed hybrid plants improves significantly efficiency (by about 4.0% points better than methane for methanol and 1.5 for DME). The study also shows that external reforming enhances efficiency on account of improved exhaust waste heat recovery and of the higher cell voltage produced by the greater hydrogen partial pressure at the anode inlet. (author)

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. Performance and life time test on a 5 kW SOFC system for distributed cogeneration

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    Barrera, Rosa; De Biase, Sabrina; Ginocchio, Stefano [Edison S.p.A, Via Giorgio La Pira, 2, 10028 Trofarello (Italy); Bedogni, Stefano; Montelatici, Lorenzo [Edison S.p.A, Foro Bonaparte 31, 20121 Milano (Italy)

    2008-06-15

    Edison R and D Centre is committed to test a wide range of commercial and prototypal fuel cell systems. The activities aim to evaluate the available state of the art of these technologies and their maturity for the relevant market. The laboratory is equipped with ad hoc test benches designed to study single cells, stacks and systems. The characterization of commercial and new generation PEMFC, also for high temperatures (160 C), together with the analysis of the behaviour of SOFC represent the core activities of the laboratory. On January 2007 a new 5 kW SOFC system supplied by Acumentrics was installed. The claimed electrical power output is 5 kW and thermal power is 3 kW. The aim of the test is the achievement of technical and economical assessment for future applications of small SOFC plants for distributed cogeneration. Performance and life time test of the system are shown. (author)

  4. 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)

  5. Development of a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) automotive auxiliary power unit (APU) fueled by gasoline

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    This paper describes the design and the development progress of a 3 to 5 auxiliary power unit (APU) based on a gasoline fueled solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC). This fuel cell was supplied reformate gas (reactant) by a partial oxidation (POx) catalytic reformer utilizing liquid gasoline and designed by Delphi Automotive Systems. This reformate gas consists mainly of hydrogen, carbon monoxide and nitrogen and was fed directly in to the SOFC stack without any additional fuel reformer processing. The SOFC stack was developed by Global Thermoelectric and operates around 700oC. This automotive APU produces power to support future 42 volt vehicle electrical architectures and loads. The balance of the APU, designed by Delphi Automotive Systems, employs a packaging and insulation design to facilitate installation and operation on-board automobiles. (author)

  6. Characterization of Atomic and Electronic Structures of Electrochemically Active SOFC Cathode Surfaces

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    Kevin Blinn; Yongman Choi; Meilin Liu

    2009-08-11

    The objective of this project is to gain a fundamental understanding of the oxygen-reduction mechanism on mixed conducting cathode materials by means of quantum-chemical calculations coupled with direct experimental measurements, such as vibrational spectroscopy. We have made progress in the elucidation of the mechanisms of oxygen reduction of perovkite-type cathode materials for SOFCs using these quantum chemical calculations. We established computational framework for predicting properties such as oxygen diffusivity and reaction rate constants for adsorption, incorporation, and TPB reactions, and formulated predictions for LSM- and LSC-based cathode materials. We have also further developed Raman spectroscopy as well as SERS as a characterization tool for SOFC cathode materials. Raman spectroscopy was used to detect chemical changes in the cathode from operation conditions, and SERS was used to probe for pertinent adsorbed species in oxygen reduction. However, much work on the subject of unraveling oxygen reduction for SOFC cathodes remains to be done.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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...... above 53% and 43% respectively which are significantly greater than conventional 10 MWe plants fed by biomass. Thermo-economic analysis provides an average cost of electricity for best performing layouts close to 6.4 and 9.4 c€/kWe which is competitive within the market. A sensitivity analysis...

  12. 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

  13. Electrochemical Characterization and Degradation Analysis of Large SOFC Stacks by Impedance Spectroscopy

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    Mosbæk, Rasmus Rode; Hjelm, Johan; Barfod, R.;

    2013-01-01

    As solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology is moving closer to a commercial break through, lifetime limiting factors, and methods to measure the “state-of-health” of operating cells and stacks are becoming of increasing interest. This requires application of advanced methods for detailed electroc......As solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology is moving closer to a commercial break through, lifetime limiting factors, and methods to measure the “state-of-health” of operating cells and stacks are becoming of increasing interest. This requires application of advanced methods for detailed...

  14. 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....

  15. Binary co-generative plants with height temperature SOFC fuel cells

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    In this paper, a field of binary co-generative plants with height temperature SOFC fuel cells is presented. Special attention of application of height temperature SOFC fuel cells and binary co-generative units has been given. These units made triple electricity and heat. Principle of combination of fuel cells with binary cycles has been presented. A model and computer programme for calculation of BKPFC, has been created. By using the program, all the important characteristic-results are calculated: power, efficiency, emission, dimension and economic analysis. On base of results, conclusions and recommendations has been given. (Author)

  16. Experimental analysis of the flow structure in the laboratory model of SOFC fuel cell channels

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    In the presented paper a flow structure in the gas channel of planar SOFC fuel cell is presented. The model taken for analysis was constructed based on the channel geometry manufactured by SOFC Power company. The shape of a channel was rectangular filled with large number of obstacles which role is to divide the flow into segments with possibly homogenous velocity distribution. The model itself was constructed from Plexiglas and the reactant gases flow was modelled by water motion. To investigate and visualize the flow structures a PIV technique was applied. Three different flow rates were taken for investigations and the flow uniformity and time dependence was studied.

  17. Basic Investigations on Metallic and Composite Gaskets for an Application in SOFC Stacks

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    Bram, M.; Reckers, S.; Drinovac, P.; Bruenings, S. E.; Steinbrech, R. W.; Buchkremer, H. P.; St oever, D.

    2002-06-01

    Metallic gaskets are promising candidates for sealing of SOFC stacks considering their favorable combination of elastic and plastic deformation (e.g. tolerance against mismatch of thermal expansion coefficients and closing of small surface imperfections like scratches and pits). However, their susceptibility to extensive creep under SOFC operation conditions limits their use. To overcome the creep problem the application of suitable spacer or filler materials such as mica was investigated. Results are presented, which elucidate the influence of contact load on the deformation and sealing of various metallic gaskets and composites of metallic gaskets with anorganic filler materials. (author)

  18. Mini and micro CHP technologies: opportunities of bio-fuelled microturbines

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    Micro-turbines are a distributed generation technology with a power output of 30 - 250 kWe. They are single-stage, single-shaft, low pressure ratio gas turbines that produce a high quality electrical output at an efficiency of 21 - 31%. Due to the high-value heat stream of the exhaust gas, it is a promising technology for small-scale heat and power generation with an overall efficiency of 75 - 81%. Micro-turbine systems offer very low maintenance costs, low supervision, and extremely low emissions of NOx and CO without exhaust gas treatment. Beside natural gas, the most frequently used fuel, various bio-gases and liquid bio-fuels, like methanol can be used. Despite difficult economics, micro-turbines can match other generation technologies even today. An example for this is the low-BTU-gas utilisation at landfills. Current research investigates micro-turbine operation on vegetable oil, for safe stand-alone generation in environmentally sensitive areas. (authors)

  19. TESLA-TURBIINI MICROCHP-LAITTEISTOSSA : Tesla-Turbine in MicroCHP Installations

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    Päivärinta, Jari

    2013-01-01

    Tämä opinnäytetyö on laadittu Oulun Eteläisen instituutille. Työn taustana oli sähkön hinnannousu ja tavoite lisätä hyödynnettävissä olevaa tietoa lämmön ja sähkön yhteistuotantomahdollisuuksista omakotitaloissa. Tämän energiateknii-kan opinnäytetyön tavoitteena oli hankkia tietoa eri sähkön ja lämmön yhteis-tuotantotavoista omakotitalossa jo olemassa olevista tutkimuksista. Näiden tie-tojen perusteella pyrkimyksenä oli hahmottaa toteutettavissa olevia ratkaisuja, joissa Tesla-turbiini voitai...

  20. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Oxidation Resistant, Cr Retaining, Electrically Conductive Coatings on Metallic Alloys for SOFC Interconnects

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    Vladimir Gorokhovsky

    2008-03-31

    This report describes significant results from an on-going, collaborative effort to enable the use of inexpensive metallic alloys as interconnects in planar solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) through the use of advanced coating technologies. Arcomac Surface Engineering, LLC, under the leadership of Dr. Vladimir Gorokhovsky, is investigating filtered-arc and filtered-arc plasma-assisted hybrid coating deposition technologies to promote oxidation resistance, eliminate Cr volatility, and stabilize the electrical conductivity of both standard and specialty steel alloys of interest for SOFC metallic interconnect (IC) applications. Arcomac has successfully developed technologies and processes to deposit coatings with excellent adhesion, which have demonstrated a substantial increase in high temperature oxidation resistance, stabilization of low Area Specific Resistance values and significantly decrease Cr volatility. An extensive matrix of deposition processes, coating compositions and architectures was evaluated. Technical performance of coated and uncoated sample coupons during exposures to SOFC interconnect-relevant conditions is discussed, and promising future directions are considered. Cost analyses have been prepared based on assessment of plasma processing parameters, which demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed surface engineering process for SOFC metallic IC applications.

  4. Redox stability of SOFC: Thermal analysis of Ni-YSZ composites

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    Pihlatie, Mikko; Kaiser, Andreas; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg

    2009-01-01

    A re-oxidation of a Ni-based SOFC can seriously damage the cells. Important aspects of this thermomechanical instability are reduction–oxidation kinetics and the dimensional behaviour of the Ni–YSZ composites. These were investigated in the temperature range of 600–1000 °C and different combinati...

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Properties and Performance of SOFCs Produced on a Pre-Pilot Plant Scale

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    Hagen, Anke; Menon, Mohan; Barfod, Rasmus;

    2006-01-01

    In the present paper, anode supported solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), produced on a pre-pilot plant scale in ten batches of ∼100 cells, are characterised with respect to performance. The main purpose was to evaluate the reproducibility of the scaled-up process. Based on 20 tests, the average area...

  8. 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

  9. Deposition of Thin Film Electrolyte by Pulsed Laser Deposition (PLD) for micro-SOFC Development

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    Krogstad, Hedda Nordby

    2012-01-01

    Optimalization of PLD deposition of YSZ for micr-SOFC electrolyte applications by varying deposition pressure and target-substrate distance.Substrate used was Si-based chips and wafers (large area PLD), and the substrate temperature was held at 600. Dense films were obtained at 20 mTorr.

  10. 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.

  11. Impedance of porous IT-SOFC LSCF:CGO composite cathodes

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    Nielsen, Jimmi; Jacobsen, Torben; Wandel, Marie

    2011-01-01

    The impedance of technological relevant LSCF:CGO composite IT-SOFC cathodes was studied over a very wide performance range. This was experimentally achieved by impedance measurements on symmetrical cells with three different microstructures in the temperature range 550–850 °C. In order to account...

  12. Analysis of cathode materials of perovskite structure for solid oxide fuel cells, sofc s

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    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 (ABO3), more efficient than the traditionally used La1-xSrxMnO3-δ (LSM) or (La, Sr) CoO3. Such is the case of mixed conductors (MIEC) double perovskite structure (A A B2O5+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)

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

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    Rokni, Masoud

    2013-01-01

    -product and the cost of hot water was found to be 0.0214$/kWh. When compared to other renewable systems at similar scale, it shows that if both SOFC and Stirling engine technology emerges enter commercialization phase, then they can deliver electricity at a cost rate which is competitive with corresponding renewable...

  14. Extended Durability Testing of an External Fuel Processor for a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC)

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    Mark Perna; Anant Upadhyayula; Mark Scotto

    2012-11-05

    Durability testing was performed on an external fuel processor (EFP) for a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) power plant. The EFP enables the SOFC to reach high system efficiency (electrical efficiency up to 60%) using pipeline natural gas and eliminates the need for large quantities of bottled gases. LG Fuel Cell Systems Inc. (formerly known as Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems (US) Inc.) (LGFCS) is developing natural gas-fired SOFC power plants for stationary power applications. These power plants will greatly benefit the public by reducing the cost of electricity while reducing the amount of gaseous emissions of carbon dioxide, sulfur oxides, and nitrogen oxides compared to conventional power plants. The EFP uses pipeline natural gas and air to provide all the gas streams required by the SOFC power plant; specifically those needed for start-up, normal operation, and shutdown. It includes a natural gas desulfurizer, a synthesis-gas generator and a start-gas generator. The research in this project demonstrated that the EFP could meet its performance and durability targets. The data generated helped assess the impact of long-term operation on system performance and system hardware. The research also showed the negative impact of ambient weather (both hot and cold conditions) on system operation and performance.

  15. Microstructure degradation of an anode/electrolyte interface in SOFC studied by transmission electron microscopy

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    Liu, Y.L.; Jiao, C.G.

    2005-01-01

    This work is one of the first attempts of using focused ion beam/lift-out (FIB/lift-out) techniques to prepare TEM specimens containing electrode/electrolyte interfaces in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). The present specimen was made from an Ni+YSZ (anode)/YSZ (electrolyte) half-cell which has...

  16. 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

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

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

    2016-05-01

    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

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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; Wandel, Marie; Ramousse, Severine; Hagen, Anke

    2011-01-01

    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 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 reliabi...

  1. Experimental Investigation of�Anode/Cathode Differential Pressures �for a SOFC/Gas Turbine Hybrid Power Plant

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    Schnegelberger, Christian; Steilen, Mike; Henke, Moritz; Willich, Caroline; Kallo, Josef; Friedrich, K. Andreas

    2014-01-01

    Providing electrical energy with a reduced CO2 footprint and in a sustainable way is a significant challenge for the future. Therefore the research community is intensively studying more effective ways to provide electricity to consumers. In this respect a hybrid power plant, a combination of SOFC and gas turbine, is highly attractive and a research prototype is being developed at the German Aerospace Center. The hybrid power plant consists of a pressurized solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) an...

  2. SOFC single cell testing with mixture of gases simulating biogas,syngas and pyrolysis-reformed gases

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    Marcin Kalinowski

    2011-01-01

    The study is focused on testing and evaluation of the performances of the SOFC fuel cells in a several conditions (gas quality, gas quantity and thermal conditions) using ASR and OCV. The aim of the project is to build methodology for performance evaluating of the single solid oxide cells, fueled by different gases, like also evaluation of this performances. Additional goal is to evaluate possibility of using investigated gases in SOFC systems in Poland. Verkefnið er...

  3. Reversibility of the SOFC for the hydrogen production by high temperature electrolysis; Reversibilite des SOFC pour la production d'hydrogene par electrolyse haute temperature

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    Brisse, A.; Marrony, M.; Perednis, D.; Schefold, J.; Jose-Garcia, M.; Zahid, M. [Institut Europeen de Recherche sur l' Energie (EIFER), Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2007-07-01

    The behaviour of two SOFC cells in electrolysis mode is studied. The performances of these solid oxide cells, reversible at 800 C and for current densities between 0 and -0.42 A/cm{sup 2}, are presented. A weaker polarisation resistance has been measured for the cell containing a mixed conductor as oxygen electrode. For each cell, a limitation by gaseous diffusion has been observed under current. This phenomenon appears for current densities which are higher for the mixed conductor cell as oxygen electrode. (O.M.)

  4. 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.

  5. 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)

  6. 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.

  7. Determination of interfacial adhesion strength between oxide scale and substrate for metallic SOFC interconnects

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    Sun, X.; Liu, W. N.; Stephens, E.; Khaleel, M. A.

    The interfacial adhesion strength between the oxide scale and the substrate is crucial to the reliability and durability of metallic interconnects in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) operating environments. It is necessary, therefore, to establish a methodology to quantify the interfacial adhesion strength between the oxide scale and the metallic interconnect substrate, and furthermore to design and optimize the interconnect material as well as the coating materials to meet the design life of an SOFC system. In this paper, we present an integrated experimental/analytical methodology for quantifying the interfacial adhesion strength between the oxide scale and a ferritic stainless steel interconnect. Stair-stepping indentation tests are used in conjunction with subsequent finite element analyses to predict the interfacial strength between the oxide scale and Crofer 22 APU substrate.

  8. 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

    2015-09-01

    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. PMID:25599129

  9. 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.

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

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    Rokni, Masoud

    2012-01-01

    A novel hybrid system ( kWe) for an average family house including heating is proposed. The system investigated, contains of a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) on top of a Stirling engine. The off-gases produced in the SOFC cycle is fed to the bottoming Stirling engine wherein additional power...... 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...... 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. Moreover, effect of Methanator on plant efficiency is also studied. The combined system improves the overall electrical conversion...

  12. 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.

  13. 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。

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

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    Kishimoto, Masashi; Iwai, Hiroshi; Saito, Motohiro; Yoshida, Hideo

    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...

  15. Vysokoteplotní čištění plynu pro SOFC

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    Pohořelý, Michael

    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).

  16. 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.

  17. Untersuchungen zum Einsatz von Reformat aus flüssigen Kohlenwasserstoffen in der Hochtemperaturbrennstoffzelle SOFC

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    Timmermann, Henrik

    2010-01-01

    In dieser Arbeit werden Untersuchungen an Hochtemperaturbrennstoffzellen-(SOFC) unter Bedingungen durchgeführt, wie sie in elektrischen Bordnetzversorgungssystemen (APU-Systemen) im mobilen Bereich auftreten. Hierzu werden in Messungen Betriebspunkte identifiziert, an denen die Zelle ohne verstärkte Degradation der elektrischen Leistung betrieben werden kann. Mit Hilfe mathematischer Modelle werden der Methanumsatz, der Konzentrationsverlauf der Gase und die Stack-Leistung wiedergegeben.

  18. Locally-Resolved Study of Degradation in a SOFC Repeat- Element

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    Wuillemin, Zacharie; Nakajo, Arata; Müller, Andres; Schuler, Andreas Joseph; Diethelm, Stefan; Van Herle, Jan; Favrat, Daniel

    2009-01-01

    The locally-resolved degradation behavior was studied during 1900 hours in an SOFC repeat-element. In-situ measurements of local electrochemical performance were made on 18 locations over a segmented anode-supported cell. The evolution of local current densities, overpotentials and area-specific resistances was studied, showing a reorganization of the electrochemical reaction with time. The extent and the spatial distribution of degradation were established for different electrochemic...

  19. Ferritic Steel Interconnectors and Their Interactions with Ni Base Anodes in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC)

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    Froitzheim, J.

    2008-01-01

    In recent years high Cr ferritic steels such as Crofer 22 APU became the most widespread construction materials for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) interconnects mainly due to low cost and the ease of fabrication compared to ceramic materials. It was shown that optimum properties with respect to oxide scale growth and adherence could only be obtained by very low, carefully controlled concentrations of minor alloying additions such as Al and Si. This required sophisticated alloy manufacturing met...

  20. 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 ℃.

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. High performance single step co-fired solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC): Polarization measurements and analysis

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    Yoon, Kyung Joong

    At present, one of the major obstacles for the commercialization of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) power systems is their high manufacturing costs expressed in terms of SOFC system cost per unit power ($/kW). In this work, anode-supported planar SOFCs were fabricated by a cost-competitive single step co-firing process. The cells were comprised of a porous Ni + yittria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) anode support, a porous-fine-grained Ni + YSZ anode active layer for some experiments, a dense YSZ electrolyte, a porous-fine-grained Ca-doped LaMnO3 (LCM) + YSZ cathode active layer, and a porous LCM cathode current collector layer. The fabrication process involved tape casting or high shear compaction (HSC) of the anode support followed by screen printing of the remaining component layers. The cells were then co-fired at 1300˜1340°C for 2 hours. The performance of the cell fabricated with the tape casting anode was improved by minimizing various polarization losses through experimental and theoretical modeling approaches, and the maximum power density of 1.5 W/cm 2 was obtained at 800°C with humidified hydrogen (3% H2O) and air. The cells were also tested with various compositions of humidified hydrogen (3˜70% H2O) to simulate the effect of practical fuel utilization on the cell performance. Based on these measurements, an analytical model describing anodic reactions was developed to understand reaction kinetics and rate limiting steps. The cell performance at high fuel utilization was significantly improved by increasing the number of the reaction sites near the anode-electrolyte interface. For anode substrate fabrication, the HSC process offers many advantages such as low fabrication costs, high production throughput, and good control of shrinkage and thickness over the conventional tape casting process. HSC process was successfully employed in single step co-firing process, and SOFCs fabricated with HSC anodes showed adequate performance both at low and high fuel

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. Optimisation of small series production and production scale-up scenarios of anode-supported intermediate-temperature planar SOFC single cells at Elcogen Ltd

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    Gurkin, Dmitri

    2011-01-01

    Distribution of production resources for continuous small series production of anode-supported intermediate-temperature planar SOFC single cells at Elcogen enterprise is improved. In addition, the author has developed the production scale-up scenarios for increasing the annual production volume of the above-mentioned SOFC single cells. Heildartexti er lokaður

  7. Development of SOFC anodes resistant to sulfur poisoning and carbon deposition

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    Choi, Song Ho

    The advantages of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) over other types of fuel cells include high energy efficiency and excellent fuel flexibility. In particular, the possibility of direct utilization of fossil fuels and renewable fuels (e.g., bio-fuels) may significantly reduce the cost of SOFC technologies. However, it is known that these types of fuels contain many contaminants that may be detrimental to SOFC performance. Among the contaminants commonly encountered in readily available fuels, sulfur-containing compounds could dramatically reduce the catalytic activity of Ni-based anodes under SOFC operating conditions. While various desulphurization processes have been developed for the removal of sulfur species to different levels, the process becomes another source of high cost and system complexity in order to achieve low concentration of sulfur species. Thus, the design of sulfur tolerant anode materials is essential to durability and commercialization of SOFCs. Another technical challenge to overcome for direct utilization of hydrocarbon fuels is carbon deposition. Carbon formation on Ni significantly degrades fuel cell performance by covering the electrochemically active sites at the anode. Therefore, the prevention of the carbon deposition is a key technical issue for the direct use of hydrocarbon fuels in a SOFC. In this research, the surface of a dense Ni-YSZ anode was modified with a thin-film coating of niobium oxide (Nb2O5) in order to understand the mechanism of sulfur tolerance and the behavior of carbon deposition. Results suggest that the niobium oxide was reduced to NbO 2 under operating conditions, which has high electrical conductivity. The NbOx coated dense Ni-YSZ showed sulfur tolerance when exposed to 50 ppm H2S at 700°C over 12 h. Raman spectroscopy and XRD analysis suggest that different phases of NbSx formed on the surface. Further, the DOS (density of state) analysis of NbO2, NbS, and NbS2 indicates that niobium sulfides can be considered

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. A global thermo-electrochemical model for SOFC systems design and engineering

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    Petruzzi, L.; Cocchi, S.; Fineschi, F.

    At BMW AG in Munich high-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are being developed as an auxiliary power unit (APU) for high-class car conveniences. Their design requires simulation of their thermo-electrochemical behaviour in all the conditions that may occur during operation (i.e. heat-up to about 600 °C, start-up to operating temperature, energy-delivering and cool-down). A global thermo-electrochemical model was developed for the whole system and a three-dimensional geometry code was performed using MATLAB programming language. The problems in developing SOFCs are now so many and so different that a very flexible code is necessary. Thus, the code was not only designed in order to simulate each of the operating conditions, but also to test different stack configurations, materials, etc. In every event, the code produces a time-dependent profile of temperatures, currents, electrical and thermal power density, gases concentrations for the whole system. The heat-up and start-up simulations allow: (1) to evaluate the time the cell stack needs to reach operating temperature from an initial temperature distribution, (2) to check the steepest temperature gradients occurring in the ceramic layers (which result in material stresses) and (3) to obtain important information about the pre-operating strategy. Simulation of energy-delivering gives a detailed profile of the temperatures, currents, power density, and allows to define the guidelines in system-controlling. Simulation of cooling-down gives important advises about insulation designing. The aim of this work is to build up a tool to clearly individuate the best designing criteria and operating strategy during the development and the engineering of a SOFC system.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. The mechanism behind redox instability of anodes in high-temperature SOFCs

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    Klemensø, Trine; Chung, Charissa; Larsen, Peter Halvor;

    2005-01-01

    Bulk expansion of the anode upon oxidation is considered to be responsible for the lack of redox stability in high-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). The bulk expansion of nickel-yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) anode materials was measured by dilatometry as a function of sample geometry......, ceramic component, temperature, and temperature cycling. The strength of the ceramic network and the degree of Ni redistribution appeared to be key parameters of the redox behavior. A model of the redox mechanism in nickel-YSZ anodes was developed based on the dilatometry data and macro...

  14. Materiales cerámicos basados en titanatos de estroncio como ánodos SOFC

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    Gálvez Sánchez, María

    2015-01-01

    En los últimos años, los cerámicos basados en titanatos de estroncio (Sr) sustituido por lantano (La), ((Sr,La)TiO₃±δ), han despertado un gran interés para aplicaciones prácticas como componente en pilas de combustible de óxido sólido (SOFC, “Solid Oxide Fuel Cell”), debido a la elevada conductividad electrónica en atmósferas reductoras y a la resistencia al desgaste (o contaminación) por las impurezas contenidas en el combustible (por ejemplo el sulfuro de hidrógeno (H₂S) presente en los hid...

  15. 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.)

  16. Pile à combustible PEMFC et SOFC. Description et gestion du système

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    CANDUSSO, D; Glises, R.; Hissel, D.; KAUFFMANN, JM; PERA, MC

    2007-01-01

    Les piles à combustible PEMFC et SOFC font l'objet de deux articles: description et gestion du système [BE 8 595] et transferts de chaleur et de masse [BE 8 596]. Les piles à combustible dont le principe de fonctionnement, mis en oeuvre par Sir William Grove, date de 1839, sont restées pendant de très nombreuses années des dispositifs de laboratoire. Au tournant des années 1960, elles sont devenues des générateurs d'énergie pour les applications spatiales. Leur intérêt pour des applications p...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...... 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 that the...

  19. 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......Wh. Furthermore, hot water is considered as a by-product, and the cost of hot water is found to be 0.0214$/kWh. When compared to other renewable systems of similar scales, this result shows that if both SOFC and Stirling engine technology enter the commercialization phase, then they can deliver electricity...

  20. Binary co-generation power plant with night-temperature (SOFC) fuel cells of natural gas, v. 15(57)

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    Binary co-generation power plant with height-temperature SOFC fuel cells of natural gas are presented in this paper. Based on before optimization calculations for this type of power plants is made: basic measures, number of modules, electric power and fuel cell efficiency; gas turbine electric power and efficiency; co-generation steam turbine electric and heat power efficiency. Compare analysis of binary co-generation power plant with SOFC fuel cells and co-generative power plant without fuel cells in relation of efficiency, ecological benefits and profitability (economy analysis) is given. (Author)

  1. 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。

  2. 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.

  3. Determination of strontium and lanthanum zirconates in YPSZ-LSM mixtures for SOFC

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    Cortes-Escobedo, Claudia Alicia [Centro de Investigacion e Innovacion Tecnologica del IPN, Cda. Cecati s/n, Col. Sta. Catarina, CP 02250, Azcapotzalco, D.F. (Mexico); Munoz-Saldana, Juan [Centro de Investigacion y Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Unidad Queretaro, pdo. Postal 1-798, 76001 Queretaro, Qro. (Mexico); Bolarin-Miro, Ana Maria; Sanchez-de Jesus, Felix [Centro de Investigaciones en Materiales y Metalurgia, Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Hidalgo, CU, Carr. Pachuca-Tulancingo Km. 4.5, Mineral de la Reforma, CP 42184, Hidalgo (Mexico)

    2008-05-15

    Mixtures of 3% yttria- and partially-stabilized zirconia with LSM{sub x} (strontium-doped lanthanum manganite, x = 0, 0.15 and 0.2) were prepared and heat treated at temperatures between 1000 and 1300 C to recreate the cathode-electrolyte interface interactions taking place during preparation and operation of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC). Such interactions include the formation of La{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7} and SrZrO{sub 3}, which are undesirable for SOFC. The effect of the manganese oxidation number on the mechanosynthesis of LSM during zirconate formation is also discussed. A quantitative analysis of zirconate formation by X-ray diffraction and Rietveld refinement was undertaken. Formation of lanthanum and strontium zirconates was completely avoided at temperatures as high as 1300 C by synthesizing lanthanum manganites from MnO{sub 2} doped with 15 at.% of Sr. Finally, in the presence of LSM, monoclinic phase content was diminished to less than 1.5 mol% after heat treatment at 1300 C. (author)

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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...... significant cell voltage degradation in dry air.......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...... were successfully operated in humid air under technologically relevant conditions. Improvements at the cathode/electrolyte interface made it possible to obtain highly stable cells, which can be operated under high current density and at 750 oC in humid air - conditions that are known to cause...

  7. 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)

  8. 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)

  9. Evaluation of Ni-Cr-base alloys for SOFC interconnect applications

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    Yang, Zhenguo; Xia, Guan-Guang; Stevenson, Jeffry W.

    To further understand the suitability of Ni-Cr-base alloys for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) interconnect applications, three commercial Ni-Cr-base alloys, Haynes 230, Hastelloy S and Haynes 242 were selected and evaluated for oxidation behavior under different exposure conditions, scale conductivity and thermal expansion. Haynes 230 and Hastelloy S, which have a relatively high Cr content, formed a thin scale mainly comprised of Cr 2O 3 and (Mn,Cr,Ni) 3O 4 spinels under SOFC operating conditions, demonstrating excellent oxidation resistance and a high scale electrical conductivity. In contrast, a thick double-layer scale with a NiO outer layer above a chromia-rich substrate was grown on Haynes 242 in moist air or at the air side of dual exposure samples, indicating limited oxidation resistance for the interconnect application. With a face-centered-cubic (FCC) substrate, all three alloys possess a coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) that is higher than that of candidate ferritic stainless steels, e.g. Crofer22 APU. Among the three alloys, Haynes 242, which is heavily alloyed with W and Mo and contains a low Cr content, demonstrated the lowest average CTE at 13.1 × 10 -6 K -1 from room temperature to 800 °C, but it was also observed that the CTE behavior of Haynes 242 was very non-linear.

  10. Development and Application of HVOF Sprayed Spinel Protective Coating for SOFC Interconnects

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    Thomann, O.; Pihlatie, M.; Rautanen, M.; Himanen, O.; Lagerbom, J.; Mäkinen, M.; Varis, T.; Suhonen, T.; Kiviaho, J.

    2013-06-01

    Protective coatings are needed for metallic interconnects used in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stacks to prevent excessive high-temperature oxidation and evaporation of chromium species. These phenomena affect the lifetime of the stacks by increasing the area-specific resistance (ASR) and poisoning of the cathode. Protective MnCo2O4 and MnCo1.8Fe0.2O4 coatings were applied on ferritic steel interconnect material (Crofer 22 APU) by high velocity oxy fuel spraying. The substrate-coating systems were tested in long-term exposure tests to investigate their high-temperature oxidation behavior. Additionally, the ASRs were measured at 700 °C for 1000 h. Finally, a real coated interconnect was used in a SOFC single-cell stack for 6000 h. Post-mortem analysis was carried out with scanning electron microscopy. The deposited coatings reduced significantly the oxidation of the metal, exhibited low and stable ASR and reduced effectively the migration of chromium.

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

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    George Tsatsaronis

    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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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)

  17. 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.)

  18. 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)

  19. 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)

  20. 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

    Cr stainless steel was found to be compatible on the macro‐scale level, however, some micro‐scale chemical interaction was observed. The composite anode backbone showed a promising corrosion resistance, with a decrease in formation of Cr2O3 on the FeCr particles, when exposed to SOFC operating...

  1. 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.

  2. 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

    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...

  3. 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 (

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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....

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

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    Wei Liu

    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.

  11. 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.

  12. Shape distortion and thermo-mechanical properties of SOFC components from green tape to sintering body

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    Teocoli, Francesca; Ni, De Wei; Tadesse Molla, Tesfaye;

    Sintering in ceramic materials is a critical process, especially when these are shaped as multilayer. From the green stage to the densification, the effects of organic additives removal, solid state diffusive phenomena, and either differential expansion or contraction of the layers can have...... critical effect on the final shape leading also failure, delamination etc. In this work, a tape-cast bi-layer structure for CGO and YSZ-(Sc) was studied during the thermal processing from debinding to the sintering. The bilayered samples undergo to several phenomena of shape instabilities and deformation...... due to binder burn out, differential shrinkage behavior and to a potential interfacial reaction between the two materials. To analyze the phenomena, shrinkage of SOFC components single layers and bilayered samples were measured insitu by optical dilatometer. The densification mismatch stress, due...

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

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    Hagen, Anke; Neufeld, Kai; Liu, Yi-Lin

    2010-01-01

    technologically relevant conditions over more than 1500 h. Improvements at the cathode/electrolyte interface made it possible to obtain highly stable cells, which can be operated under high current density and at 750°C in humid air, conditions that cause significant cell voltage degradation in dry air on cells......Anode-supported solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) based on Ni–yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) anodes, YSZ electrolytes, and lanthanum strontium manganite (LSM)–YSZ cathodes were studied with respect to durability in humid air (~4%) typically over 1500 h. Operating temperature and current density were...... varied between 750 and 850°C and 0.25–0.75 A/cm2, respectively. The introduction of humidity affected the cell voltage under polarization of the cell, and this effect was (at least partly) reversible upon switching off the humidity. Generally, the studied cells were operated in humid air under...

  14. Model-based prediction of suitable operating range of a SOFC for an Auxiliary Power Unit

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    Pfafferodt, Matthias; Heidebrecht, Peter; Stelter, Michael; Sundmacher, Kai

    This paper presents a one-dimensional steady state model of a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) to be used in an Auxiliary Power Unit (APU). The fuel cell is fed a prereformed gas from an external autothermic reformer. In addition to the three electrochemical reactions (reduction of oxygen at the cathode, oxidation of hydrogen and carbon monoxide at the anode) the water-gas shift reaction and the methane steam reforming reaction are taken into account in the anode channel. The model predicts concentrations and temperatures and uses an equivalent circuit approach to describe the current-voltage characteristics of the cell. The model equations are presented and their implementation into the commercial mathematical software FEMLAB is discussed. An application of this model is used to determine suitable operating parameters with respect to optimum performance and allowable temperature.

  15. In situ observations of microstructural changes in SOFC anodes during redox cycling

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    Klemensø, Trine; Appel, C. C.; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg

    2006-01-01

    The anode-supported solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) degrades when the anode is subjected to redox cycling. The degradation has qualitatively been related to microstructural changes in the nickel-yttria stabilized zirconia anode of the tested cells. In this work, the microstructural changes were...... observed in situ using environmental scanning electron microscopy. In the reduced state, a dynamic rounding of the nickel particles occurred. The oxide growth upon re-oxidation depended on the oxidation kinetics. During rapid oxidation, the NiO particles divided into 2-4 particles, which grew...... into the surrounding voids. For slower oxidation, an external oxide layer was seen to develop around the individual particles. (c) 2006 The Electrochemical Society....

  16. 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.

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

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    Ning Zhang; Wei Gu; Haojun Yu; Wei Liu [School of Electrical Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing (China)

    2013-04-15

    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{sub {infinity}}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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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

  20. Effect of Cr2O3 on the O-18 Tracer Incorporation in SOFC Materials

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    Finsterbusch, Martin; Lussier, Alexandre; Negusse, Ezana; Zhu, Zihua; Smith, Richard J.; Schaefer, Jurgen A.; Idzerda, Yves U.

    2010-05-21

    To gain insight into the Cr poisoning mechanism at the cathode side of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) with stainless steel interconnects, we conducted an investigation of the impact of Cr2O3 overlayers on oxygen diffusion in various SOFC electrolyte and cathode materials. High density Gd0.10Ce0.90O2 (GDC), Y0.15Zr0.85O2 (YSZ) and La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O2 (LSCF) sintered pellets were covered with 3 to 30 nm Cr - overlayers that were subsequently oxidized, forming Cr2O3. Standard 18O tracer diffusion experiments at 800°C were performed and TOFSIMS profiling revealed a Cr2O3 thickness-dependent oxygen uptake process. The oxygen ion diffusion coefficients were found to be unaffected by the Cr2O3 overlayers, which is predictable since they are a bulk property. The extracted surface exchange coefficients however varied with Cr2O3 overlayer thickness. Solid state reaction measurements of Cr2O3 with the three materials of interest, and electronic structure considerations concerning the surface exchange, led to the conclusion that the observed oxygen uptake hindrance for LSCF and the slight increase of the surface exchange coefficient for YSZ can be attributed to the electronic properties of Cr2O3. The rate limitation of the oxygen incorporation into the materials is therefore strongly dependent on the surface electronic properties. A critical thickness of Cr2O3 was determined where the transition from decreased cathode-performance to a Cr2O3-property-governed regime occurs.

  1. Effect of Cr2O3 on the 18O Tracer Incorporation in SOFC Materials

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    Finsterbusch, M.; Lussier, A; Negusse, E; Zhu, Z; Smith, R; Schaefer, J; Idzerda, Y

    2010-01-01

    Investigations of the impact of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlayers on the oxygen self diffusion in two SOFC materials were conducted to gain insight into the Cr poisoning mechanism at the cathode side of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) with stainless steel interconnects. High density Y{sub 0.15}Zr{sub 0.85}O{sub 2} (YSZ) and La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}Co{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 0.8}O{sub 3} (LSCF) sintered pellets were covered with 3 to 30 nm Cr overlayers that were subsequently oxidized, forming Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Standard {sup 18}O tracer diffusion experiments at 800 C were performed and ToF-SIMS profiling revealed that the oxygen ion diffusion coefficients were unaffected by the thin Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlayers, which is predictable since they are a bulk property, but the extracted effective surface exchange coefficients varied with Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} overlayer thickness. Solid-state reaction measurements and electronic structure considerations concerning the surface exchange, led to the conclusion that the observed oxygen uptake hindrance for Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} capped LSCF and the slight increase of the surface exchange coefficient for Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} capped YSZ can be attributed to the electronic properties of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}. A critical thickness for Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} was determined to be 12 nm where the transition from decreasing cathode-performance to a Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}-property-governed regime occurs.

  2. Design and analysis of permanent magnet moving coil type generator used in a micro-CHP generation system

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    Oros Pop, Susana Teodora; Berinde, Ioan; Vadan, Ioan

    2015-12-01

    This paper presents the design and analysis of a permanent magnet moving coil type generator driven by a free piston Stirling engine. This assemble free piston Stirling engine - permanent magnet moving coil type generator will be used in a combined heat and power (CHP) system for producing heat and power in residential area. The design procedure for moving coil type linear generator starts from the rated power imposed and finally uses the Faraday law of induction. The magneto-static magnetic field generated by permanent magnets is analyzed by means of Reluctance method and Finite Element Method in order to evaluate the magnetic flux density in the air gap, which is a design data imposed in the design stage, and the results are compared.

  3. Evaluation of the environmental sustainability of a micro CHP system fueled by low-temperature geothermal and solar energy

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    Highlights: • Binary, ORC technology avoids CO2, but raises questions about environmental impact. • We proposed a micro-size system that combines geothermal energy with solar energy. • The small scale and the solar energy input edges the energy profitability. • The system’s performance is appreciable if applied to existing wells. • The feasibility of exploiting abandoned wells is preliminarily evaluated. - Abstract: In this paper we evaluate the environmental sustainability of a small combined heat and power (CHP) plant operating through an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC). The heat sources of the system are from geothermal energy at low temperature (90–95 °C) and solar energy. The designed system uses a solar field composed only of evacuated, non-concentrating solar collectors, and work is produced by a single turbine of 50 kW. The project addresses an area of Tuscany, but it could be reproduced in areas where geothermal energy is extensively developed. Therefore, the aim is to exploit existing wells that are either unfit for high-enthalpy technology, abandoned or never fully developed. Furthermore, this project aims to aid in downsizing the geothermal technology in order to reduce the environmental impact and better tailor the production system to the local demand of combined electric and thermal energy. The environmental impact assessment was performed through a Life Cycle Analysis and an Exergy Life Cycle Analysis. According to our findings the reservoir is suitable for a long-term exploitation of the designed system, however, the sustainability and the energy return of this latter is edged by the surface of the heat exchanger and the limited running hours due to the solar plant. Therefore, in order to be comparable to other renewable resources or geothermal systems, the system needs to develop existing wells, previously abandoned

  4. CFD simulation of Pd-based membrane reformer when thermally coupled within a fuel cell micro-CHP system

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    Roses, Leonardo; Manzolini, Giampaolo; Campanari, Stefano [Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento di Energia, Via Lambruschini 4, 20156 Milano (Italy)

    2010-11-15

    In this work, a bi-dimensional CFD simulation investigates a fuel processor for hydrogen production from natural gas or biogas composed by a steam methane reformer coupled with a palladium-based hydrogen permeable membrane, the so-called ''membrane reformer'' (MREF). The heat required for the endothermic reforming reaction taking place on the MREF is supplied by a stream of hot gas coming from an external source, typically represented by a combustor burning the unconverted fuel and the unpermeated hydrogen. The resulting fuel processor arrangement, which has already been simulated by the point of view of energy and mass balances, may achieve a very high efficiency and is particularly suited for integration with fuel cells. The interest on this configuration relies on the possibility to implement this technology within a PEMFC-based micro-cogenerator (also micro-Combined Heat and Power, or m-CHP) with a net electrical power output in a range of 1-2 kW. In particular, the work focuses on the temperature profiles along the membrane, which should be kept as close as possible to 600 C to favourite permeation and avoid any damages, and examines the advantages of hot gas on co-current direction vs. counter-current with respect to the reformer flux direction. (author)

  5. 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...

  6. Economic advantages of applying model predictive control to distributed energy resources: The case of micro-CHP systems

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

    2008-01-01

    The increasing presence of distributed energy resources, information and intelligence in the electricity infrastructure increases the possibilities for larger economic efficiency of power systems. This work shows the possible cost advantages of applying a model predictive control (MPC) strategy to r

  7. 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.)

  8. 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.

  9. 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)

  10. 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

  11. Operating Point Optimization of a Hydrogen Fueled Hybrid Solid Oxide Fuel Cell-Steam Turbine (SOFC-ST Plant

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    Juanjo Ugartemendia

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a hydrogen powered hybrid solid oxide fuel cell-steam turbine (SOFC-ST system and studies its optimal operating conditions. This type of installation can be very appropriate to complement the intermittent generation of renewable energies, such as wind generation. A dynamic model of an alternative hybrid SOFC-ST configuration that is especially suited to work with hydrogen is developed. The proposed system recuperates the waste heat of the high temperature fuel cell, to feed a bottoming cycle (BC based on a steam turbine (ST. In order to optimize the behavior and performance of the system, a two-level control structure is proposed. Two controllers have been implemented for the stack temperature and fuel utilization factor. An upper supervisor generates optimal set-points in order to reach a maximal hydrogen efficiency. The simulation results obtained show that the proposed system allows one to reach high efficiencies at rated power levels.

  12. Development of low coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) nickel alloys for potential use as interconnects in SOFC

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    Alman, David E.; Jablonski, Paul D.

    2004-11-01

    This paper deals with the development of low coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE) nickel-base superalloys for potential use as interconnects for SOFC. Ni-Mo-Cr alloys were formulated with CTE on the order of 12.5 to 13.5 x10-6/°C. The alloys were vacuum induction melted and reduced to sheet via a combination of hot and cold working. Dilatometry was used to measure CTE of the alloys. Oxidation behavior of the alloys at 800°C in dry and moist air is reported. The results are compared to results for Haynes 230 (a commercial Ni-base superalloy) and for Crofer 22APU (a commercial ferritic stainless steel designed specifically for use as an SOFC interconnect).

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

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    Kishimoto, Masashi; Iwai, Hiroshi; Saito, Motohiro; Yoshida, Hideo

    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...

  14. 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.

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

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    Ayetül Gelen; Tankut Yalcinoz

    2015-01-01

    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...

  16. 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. 

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. Development of a high-performance composite cathode for LT-SOFC

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    Lee, Byung Wook

    Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) has drawn considerable attention for decades due to its high efficiency and low pollution, which is made possible since chemical energy is directly converted to electrical energy through the system without combustion. However, successful commercialization of SOFC has been delayed due to its high production cost mainly related with using high cost of interconnecting materials and the other structural components required for high temperature operation. This is the reason that intermediate (IT) or low temperature (LT)-SOFC operating at 600~800°C or 650°C and below, respectively, is of particular significance because it allows the wider selection of cheaper materials such as stainless steel for interconnects and the other structural components. Also, extended lifetime and system reliability are expected due to less thermal stress through the system with reduced temperature. More rapid start-up/shut-down procedure is another advantage of lowering the operating temperatures. As a result, commercialization of SOFC will be more viable. However, there exists performance drop with reduced operating temperature due to increased polarization resistances from the electrode electrochemical reactions and decreased electrolyte conductivity. Since ohmic polarization of the electrolyte can be significantly reduced with state-of-the art thin film technology and cathode polarization has more drastic effect on total SOFC electrochemical performance than anode polarization as temperature decreases, development of the cathode with high performance operating at IT or LT range is thus essential. On the other hand, chemical stability of the cathode and its chemical compatibility with the electrolyte should also be considered for cathode development since instability and incompatibility of the cathode will also cause substantial performance loss. Based on requirements of the cathode mentioned above, in this study, several chemico-physical approaches were

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

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    Villanova, Julie, E-mail: julie.villanova@cea.f [CEA Grenoble, LITEN/DTH/LCPEM, 17, rue des Martyrs, F-38054 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne, Centre SMS, UMR CNRS 5146, 158 cours Fauriel, F-42023 Saint-Etienne Cedex 2 (France); Sicardy, Olivier [CEA Grenoble, LITEN/DTH/LCPEM, 17, rue des Martyrs, F-38054 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Fortunier, Roland [Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne, Centre SMS, UMR CNRS 5146, 158 cours Fauriel, F-42023 Saint-Etienne Cedex 2 (France); Micha, Jean-Sebastien [CEA Grenoble/INAC/UMR5819/SprAM, 17, rue des Martyrs, F-38054 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Bleuet, Pierre [CEA Grenoble/INAC/SP2M, 17, rue des Martyrs, F-38054 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France)

    2010-02-15

    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{sup 2}psi 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

  4. 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

  5. An experimental investigation on a single tubular SOFC for renewable energy based cogeneration system

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    Highlights: • A single tubular SOFC was experimentally investigated for cogeneration purpose. • Investigation performed with two operating temperatures and three fuel flow rates. • Fuel utilization factor and its effect on cell power and efficiency were observed. • Effect of operating temperature and fuel flow rate on cell output power was noticed. • Highest overall cell efficiency was found 83.38% at operating temperature of 750 °C. - Abstract: Having negative impacts on environment and the scarcity of resources of conventional fossil fuels, fuel cell technology draws more attention as an alternative for providing the electrical energy in parallel with thermal energy. In this study, a single tubular solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) with an electrolyte of Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia 8 mol% ceramic powder was experimentally investigated. The investigation illustrated the effects of three different fuel flow-rates (175 ml/min, 250 ml/min and 325 ml/min) and two operating temperatures (650 °C and 750 °C) on the output electrical and thermal powers. The highest electrical voltage (open circuit) and overall output power of the cell were found to be 1.1 V and 5.30 W respectively for the fuel flow-rate of 250 ml/min at the operating temperature of 750 °C. The electrical power and efficiency were increased about 18.80% and 1.27% respectively for the increase of operating temperature from 650 °C to 750 °C for a constant fuel flow-rate of 250 ml/min, where; thermal power and efficiency were increased about 33.33% and 10.51% respectively for the same condition. The overall efficiencies of the fuel cell were obtained about 80.42%, 77.49% and 60.73% for the fuel flow-rates of 175 ml/min, 250 ml/min and 325 ml/min respectively for the operating temperatures of 650 °C. On the other hand, the overall efficiency of the cell was found to be 83.38% at the operating temperature of 750 °C and fuel flow-rate of 250 ml/min. The investigation recommends that for achieving

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Evaluation of porous 430L stainless steel for SOFC operation at intermediate temperatures

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    Molin, Sebastian; Kusz, Boguslaw; Gazda, Maria; Jasinski, Piotr

    In this paper a 430L porous stainless steel is evaluated for possible SOFC applications. Recently, there are extensive studies related to dense stainless steels for fuel cell purposes, but only very few publications deal with porous stainless steel. In this report porous substrates, which are prepared by die-pressing and sintering in hydrogen of commercially available 430L stainless steel powders, are investigated. Prepared samples are characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffractometry and cyclic thermogravimetry in air and humidified hydrogen at 400 °C and 800 °C. The electrical properties of steel and oxide scale measured in air are investigated as well. The results show that at high temperatures porous steel in comparison to dense steel behaves differently. It was found that porous 430L has reduced oxidation resistance both in air and in humidified hydrogen. This is connected to its high surface area and grain boundaries, which after sintering are prone to oxidation. Formed oxide scale is mainly composed of iron oxide after the oxidation in air and chromium oxide after the oxidation in humidified hydrogen. In case of dense substrates only chromium oxide scale usually occurs. Iron oxide is also a cause of relatively high area-specific resistance, which reaches the literature limit of 100 mΩ cm 2 when oxidizing in air only after about 70 h at 800 °C.

  11. 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)

  12. 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.

  13. 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。

  14. Exergy Analysis of Zero CO2 Emission SOFC Hybrid Power System%基于炯分析的CO2零排放SOFC 复合动力系统研究

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    段立强; 张潇元; 杨勇平; 徐钢

    2011-01-01

    Based on a traditional SOFC (Solid Oxide Fuel Cell) hybrid power system, zero CO2emission SOFC hybrid power systems are proposed in this paper, and the comparison results of theall systems are revealed in detail. Compared with the conventional power plants with CO2 capture,the new systems greatly reduce the energy consumption for CO2 capture. Based on exergy analysismethod, the exergy loss distribution for every unit of system is revealed and compared. The largestexergy destruction part is pointed out and some feasible ways to further lowering the exergy loss areprovided. In addition, some key operation parameters are optimized. The research achievements from this paper will provide the valuable reference for further study on of zero CO2 emissions SOFC hybridpower systems with higher efficiency.%本文建立了SOFC复合动力系统模型,提出了两种CO2零排放的SOFC复合动力系统,并对这两种系统的性能进行了详细的比较和分析.与常规的进行脱除CO2电厂相比,极大地降低了回收CO2的能耗.基于(火用)分析理论,详细比较了系统各单元(火用)损系数,找出(火用)损的最大部位并提出解决措施.通过优化分析,得到运行参数的最佳值.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.

  15. 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...... CHP plants. The demonstrated two-stage gasifier produces a clean product gas, thus ensuring the need for only simple gas conditioning prior to the SOFCs. Focus in this optimization study was on SOFC cooling and the investigation was conducted by system-level modelling combining zerodimensional...... methanator reduced the mass flow of cathode air by 27% and increased the turbine inlet temperature by 17% resulting in an electrical efficiency gain from 48.6 to 50.4% based on lower heating value (LHV). Furthermore, the size of several components could be reduced due to the lower air flow. The study also...

  16. 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

  17. Feasibility study and techno-economic analysis of an SOFC/battery hybrid system for vehicle applications

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    Aguiar, P.; Brett, D. J. L.; Brandon, N. P.

    A feasibility study and techno-economic analysis for a hybrid power system intended for vehicular traction applications has been performed. The hybrid consists of an intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cell (IT-SOFC) operating at 500-800 °C and a sodium-nickel chloride (ZEBRA) battery operating at 300 °C. Such a hybrid system has the benefits of extended range and fuel flexibility (due to the IT-SOFC), high power output and rapid response time (due to the battery). The above hybrid has been compared to a fuel cell-only, a battery-only and an ICE vehicle. It is shown that the capital cost associated with a fuel cell-only vehicle is still much higher than that of any other power source option and that a battery-only option would potentially encounter weight and volume limitations, particularly for long drive times. It is concluded that increasing drive time per day decreases substantially the payback time in relation to an ICE vehicle running on gasoline and thus that the hybrid vehicle is an economically attractive option for commercial vehicles with long drive times. In the case where the battery has reached volume production prices at £70 kWh -1 and current fuel duty values remain unchanged then a payback time <2 years is obtained. For a light delivery van operating with 6 h drive time per day, a fuel cell system model predicted a gasoline equivalent fuel economy of 25.1 km L -1, almost twice that of a gasoline fuelled ICE vehicle of the same size, and CO 2 emissions of 71.6 g km -1, well below any new technology target set so far. It is therefore recommended that a SOFC/ZEBRA demonstration be built to further explore its viability.

  18. 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.

  19. Fabrication of SOFCs on Ni/NiAl2O4 support

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    Srisuwan, Anuwat; Wattanasiriwech, Darunee; Wattasiriwech, Suthee; Aungkavattana, Pavadee

    2014-03-01

    NiO/NiAl2O4 composites with 50/50, 55/45 and 60/40 wt.%/wt.% ratios were prepared from Al2O3 and NiO powders to use as an external SOFC supports that were denoted as 50NO50NS, 55NO45NS and 60NO40NS, respectively. Effects of support compositions and firing rates for sintering and reduction on shrinkage, thermal expansion coefficient and electrical conductivity of the supports were studied. The cells with NiO/NiAl2O4//Ni-YSZ//YSZ//Pt configuration were co-sintered at 1400 °C in air and reduced at 800 °C in H2 by varying the firing rate of 1 °C min-1 (coded as -1) and 3 °C min-1 (coded as -3). A dense YSZ electrolyte was observed in 50NO50NS-3 and 55NO45NS-3 cells, while cracks and pores appeared in the YSZ layer for 60NO40NS-3 cell indicating the greater difference in shrinkage and TEC between 60NO40NS support and YSZ electrolyte. Crack formation was eliminated and a dense YSZ electrolyte was obtained when the firing rate was reduced to 1 °C min-1, suggesting that the different shrinkage between supports and YSZ electrolyte during sintering process can be alleviated at this firing rate. The highest power density (106 mW cm-2 at 800 °C) was thus obtained for 60NO40NS-1 cell due to a superior electrical conductivity of 60NO40NS support to 50NO50NS and 55NO45NS.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.)

  8. High performance SOFC/GT combined power generation system with CO2 recovery by oxygen combustion method

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    The authors newly propose and investigate two types of carbon dioxide recovering SOFC/GT combined power generation systems in which a gas turbine with carbon dioxide recycle or water vapor injection is adopted as the bottoming cycle. In these systems, fuel gas is first introduced to a SOFC, and its exhaust fuel gas is afterburned by pure oxygen. Carbon dioxide or water vapor is also injected into the combustor to reduce the combustion gas temperature. The obtained combustion gas, which is composed of only carbon dioxide and water vapor, is introduced to a gas turbine in the bottoming cycle. The exhaust gas of the gas turbine preheats the injection gas, and then, carbon dioxide is separated by only cooling and water condensation. It is made clear that the overall efficiency of the system with carbon dioxide recycle reaches 63.87% (HHV) or 70.88% (LHV), and that of the system with water vapor injection reaches 65.00% (HHV) or 72.13% (LHV). These values are sufficiently high, indicating that the proposed systems are worth further research and development

  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. 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.

  11. Obtaining of ceria - samaria - gadolinia ceramics for application as solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) electrolyte

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    Cerium oxide (CeO2) 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 - Sm2O3) and gadolinia (gadolinium oxide - Gd2O3), fixing the concentration between 10 and 20 molar%. In this work, Ce0,8(SmGd)0,2O1,9 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 CeO2 and other containing 51% of Sm2O3 and 30% of Gd2O3, 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 m2.g-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 employment of hydrothermal treatment (about 100 m2.g-1). High density ceramics were

  12. 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

  13. 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).

  14. 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.

  15. 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; Ennio Peres da Silva; Daniel Gabriel Lopes; Samuel Nelson Melegari de Souza

    2006-01-01

    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...

  16. 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

  17. Analyse et validation d'un émulateur de système hybride SOFC/GT au biogaz

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    Baudoin, Sylvain; Vechiu, Ionel; Camblong, Haritza; VINASSA, Jean-Michel; Barelli, Linda

    2014-01-01

    Le monde rural dispose d'une ressource renouvelable souvent peu exploitée : les déchets organiques. Le biogaz obtenu par la transformation de cette ressource d'énergie primaire peut être valorisée par un système hybride de type pile à combustible et turbine à gaz (SOFC/GT) afin d'obtenir un rendement électrique important. Cependant, les démonstrateurs de ce type de système sont peu nombreux et les données expérimentales rares. Afin d'approcher le fonctionnement d'un système réel, le travail p...

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Evaluation of SmCo and SmCoN magnetron sputtering coatings for SOFC interconnect applications

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    Wu, Junwei; Li, Chengming; Johnson, Christopher; Liu, Xingbo

    Cobalt or cobalt containing coatings are promising for SOFC interconnect applications because of their high conductivity. We have investigated SmCo and SmCoN coatings deposited by magnetron sputtering from a SmCo (5% Sm) target on to Crofer 22 APU substrates. The composition, structure, surface morphology, and electrical conductivity of the coated substrates were characterized by SEM/EDX, XRD and ASR measurements. Addition of Sm enhances the oxidation resistance and the Cr retention capability of the coatings. The use of nitride as a precursor stabilizes Sm during oxidation of the films, thus inhibiting diffusion of Fe, resulting in a more compact coating and lowering ASR. The combined advantages of Sm addition to cobalt and the use of a nitride as a precursor, makes SmCoN coatings a promising new interconnect coating material.

  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. 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)

  3. High performance ceramic interconnect material for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs): Ca- and transition metal-doped yttrium chromite

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    Yoon, Kyung Joong; Stevenson, Jeffrey W.; Marina, Olga A.

    2011-10-01

    The effect of transition metal substitution on thermal and electrical properties of Ca-doped yttrium chromite was investigated in relation to use as a ceramic interconnect in high temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). 10 at.% Co, 4 at.% Ni, and 1 at.% Cu substitution on B-site of 20 at.% Ca-doped yttrium chromite led to a close match of thermal expansion coefficient (TEC) with that of 8 mol% yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ), and a single phase Y0.8Ca0.2Cr0.85Co0.1Ni0.04Cu0.01O3 remained stable between 25 and 1100 °C over a wide oxygen partial pressure range. Doping with Cu significantly facilitated densification of yttrium chromite. Ni dopant improved both electrical conductivity and dimensional stability in reducing environments, likely through diminishing the oxygen vacancy formation. Substitution with Co substantially enhanced electrical conductivity in oxidizing atmosphere, which was attributed to an increase in charge carrier density and hopping mobility. Electrical conductivity of Y0.8Ca0.2Cr0.85Co0.1Ni0.04Cu0.01O3 at 900 °C is 57 S cm-1 in air and 11 S cm-1 in fuel (pO2 = 5 × 10-17 atm) environments. Chemical compatibility of doped yttrium chromite with other cell components was verified at the processing temperatures. Based on the chemical and dimensional stability, sinterability, and thermal and electrical properties, Y0.8Ca0.2Cr0.85Co0.1Ni0.04Cu0.01O3 is suggested as a promising SOFC ceramic interconnect to potentially overcome technical limitations of conventional acceptor-doped lanthanum chromites.

  4. 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.

  5. Metallic interconnects for SOFC: Characterisation of corrosion resistance and conductivity evaluation at operating temperature of differently coated alloys

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    Fontana, S.; Amendola, R.; Chevalier, S.; Piccardo, P.; Caboche, G.; Viviani, M.; Molins, R.; Sennour, M.

    One of challenges in improving the performance and cost-effectiveness of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) is the development of suitable interconnect materials. Recent researches have enabled to decrease the operating temperature of the SOFC from 1000 to 800 °C. Chromia forming alloys are then among the best candidates for interconnects. However, low electronic conductivity and volatility of chromium oxide scale need to be solved to improve interconnect performances. In the field of high temperature oxidation of metals, it is well known that the addition of reactive element into alloys or as thin film coatings, improves their oxidation resistance at high temperature. The elements of beginning of the lanthanide group and yttrium are the most efficient. The goal of this study is to make reactive element oxides (La 2O 3, Nd 2O 3 and Y 2O 3) coatings by metal organic chemical vapour deposition (MOCVD) on Crofer 22 APU, AL 453 and Haynes 230 in order to form perovskite oxides which present a good conductivity at high temperature. The coatings were analysed after 100 h ageing at 800 °C in air under atmospheric pressure by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analyses, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analyses. Area-specific resistance (ASR) was measured in air for the same times and temperature, using a sandwich technique with Pt paste for electrical contacts between surfaces. The ASR values for the best coating were estimated to be limited to 0.035 Ω cm 2, even after 40,000 h use.

  6. R and D, demonstration and market introduction of SOFC technology at Topsoe Fuel Cell A/S

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    Hansen, J.B.; Christiansen, N. [Haldor Topsoe A/S and Topsoe Fuel Cell A/S, Lyngby (Denmark)

    2008-07-01

    Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Technology is very promising because it is fuel flexible and can use CH{sub 4} as well as CO directly as fuel in addition to hydrogen. The SOFC technology at Topsoe Fuel Cell A/S and Risoe/ National Laboratory is based on an integrated approach ranging from manufacturing of planar anode-supported cells and compact stacks, development of tailor made fuel processing catalysts to analysis of total systems. The direct use of CH{sub 4} is possible because the anode material is active for steam reforming. The endothermic reforming reaction aids in removing the irreversibly generated heat from the stack and in effect upgrades waste heat to chemical energy in the form of hydrogen. The standard SOFC cells are thin and robust with dimensions of 12 x 12 cm{sup 2} or 18 x 18 cm{sup 2} foot prints. The stack design has been tested for more than 13000 hours with a degradation rate of less than 1% per 1000 hours. Several 50 or 75 cell stacks in the 1+kW power range have been tested successfully at a fuel utilization of up to 92%. Multi stack modules consisting of four 75 cell stacks have been tested for more than 4000 hours with pre-reformed natural gas. The degradation rate has been reduced to below 0.5% per 1000 hours by improvement of metal alloy interconnects and coatings. In collaboration with Waertsilae, a 24-stack prototype based on natural gas is being tested. For methanol based systems the methanol is methanated upstream the anode using a newly developed catalyst. Additional fuels studied include LPG, methanol, DME, diesel and ammonia. The studies predict system electrical efficiencies from 40-56% (AC out/LHV fuel in), depending on the fuel used and the size of the system. The range of fuels has now been extended to include ethanol and synthesis gas from biomass or coal. (orig.)

  7. Enhanced ionic conductivity of apatite-type lanthanum silicate electrolyte for IT-SOFCs through copper doping

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    Ding, Xifeng; Hua, Guixiang; Ding, Dong; Zhu, Wenliang; Wang, Hongjin

    2016-02-01

    Apatite-type Lanthanum silicate (LSO) is among the most promising electrolyte for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs) owing to the high conductivity and low activation energy at lower temperature than traditional doped-zirconia electrolyte. The ionic conductivity as well as the sintering density of lanthanum silicate oxy-apatite, La10Si6-xCuxO27-δ (LSCO, 0 ≤ x ≤ 2), was effectively enhanced through a small amount of doped copper. The phase composition, relative density, ionic conductivity and thermal expansion behavior of La10Si6-xCuxO27-δ was systematically investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Archimedes' drainage method, scanning electron microscope (SEM), electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS) and thermal dilatometer techniques. With increasing copper doping content, the ionic conductivity of La10Si6-xCuxO27-δincreased, reaching a maximum of 4.8 × 10-2 S cm-1 at 800 °C for x = 1.5. The improved ionic conductivity could be primarily associated with the enhanced grain conductivity. The power output performance of NiO-LSCO/LSCO/LSCF single cell was superior to that obtained on NiO-LSO/LSO/LSCF at different temperatures using hydrogen as fuel and oxygen as oxidant, which could be attributed to the enhanced oxygen ionic conductivity as well as the sintering density for the copped doped lanthanum silicate. In conclusion, the apatite La10Si4.5Cu1.5O25.5 is a promising candidate electrolyte for IT-SOFCs.

  8. Direct observation of rate determining step for Nd2NiO4+δ SOFC cathode reaction by operando electrochemical XAS

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    The oxygen chemical potential of dense Nd2NiO4+δ thin films on Zr0.92Y0.08O1.96 electrolyte was investigated by operando X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) measurements. Operando XAS at the Ni K-edge was measured under an applied voltage and various oxygen partial pressures at high temperature to simulate the operating conditions of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). The absorption edge energy under various polarizations is similar to those measured under equivalent oxygen partial pressures under open circuit condition. Thus, the oxygen chemical potential changes drastically at the electrode/gas interface and the rate-determining step of this model system is the surface reaction. This study provides direct evidence for the rate-determining step of the SOFC cathode reaction. (author)

  9. Experimental Study of Effect of Aging and Self-healing Behavior of Glass/Ceramic Sealant on Glass/Ceramic Sealant Used in SOFC

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

    2008-10-09

    High operating temperature of solid oxide fuel cells require that sealant must function at high temperature between 600o and 900oC and in the oxidizing and reducing environments of fuel and air. In this paper, experiment tests were implemented to investigate the effect of aging time and self-healing behavior of the glass ceramic sealant used in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) on its mechanical properties. With longer heat treatment or aging time during operation, further crystallization may reduce the residual glass content while boosting the ceramic crystalline content. 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. During the reheat of the SOFC to the operating temperature, the glass/ceramic sealant exhibits the possible self-healing characterization, which can restore the mechanical performance of the glass/ceramic sealant.

  10. Tests for the use of La{sub 2}Mo{sub 2}O{sub 9}-based oxides as multipurpose SOFC core materials

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    Jacquens, J.; Corbel, G. [Laboratoire des Oxydes et Fluorures, UMR CNRS, Universite du Maine (France); Farrusseng, D. [IRCELYON, Institut de Recherches sur la Catalyse et l' Environnement de Lyon, UMR CNRS 5256, Universite Lyon 1, Villeurbanne (France); Georges, S. [Laboratoire d' Electrochimie et de Physico-chimie des Materiaux et des Interfaces, UMR CNRS 5631-INPG-UJF, Saint Martin d' Heres (France); Viricelle, J.P. [Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines, LPMG-UMR CNRS, Departement Microsystemes Instrumentation et Capteurs Chimiques, Centre SPIN, Saint-Etienne (France); Gaudillere, C. [IRCELYON, Institut de Recherches sur la Catalyse et l' Environnement de Lyon, UMR CNRS 5256, Universite Lyon 1, Villeurbanne (France); Institut Carnot de Bourgogne, UMR CNRS 5209, Dijon (France); Lacorre, P.

    2010-06-15

    The mixed ionic-electronic conductivity under dilute hydrogen, the stability and the catalytic activity under propane:air type mixtures of a series of LAMOX oxide-ion conductors have been studied. The effect of exposure to dilute hydrogen on the conductivity of the {beta}-La{sub 2}(Mo{sub 2} {sub -y}W{sub y})O{sub 9} series at 600 C depends on tungsten content: almost negligible for the highest (y = 1.4), it is important for La{sub 2}Mo{sub 2}O{sub 9} (y=0). In propane:air, all tested LAMOX electrolytes are stable at 600-700 C, but get reduced when water vapour is present. La{sub 2}Mo{sub 2}O{sub 9} is the best oxidation catalyst of the series, with an activity comparable to that of nickel. The catalytic activity of other tested LAMOX compounds is much lower, (La{sub 1.9}Y{sub 0.1})Mo{sub 2}O{sub 9} showing a deactivation phenomenon. These results suggest that depending on composition, La{sub 2}(Mo{sub 2} {sub -y}W{sub y})O{sub 9} compounds could be either electrolytes in single-chamber SOFC and dual-chamber micro-SOFC (y = 1.4) or anode materials in dual-chamber SOFC (low y) or oxidation catalysts in SOFCs operating with propane (y = 0). (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  11. 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.

  12. Externally reformed solid oxide fuel cell-micro-gas turbine (SOFC-MGT) hybrid systems fueled by methanol and di-methyl-ether (DME)

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    Cocco, D.; Tola, V. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Cagliari, Piazza d' Armi, 09123 Cagliari (Italy)

    2009-12-15

    Solid oxide fuel cell-micro-gas turbine (SOFC-MGT) hybrid power plants integrate a solid oxide fuel cell and a micro-gas turbine and can achieve efficiencies of over 60% even for small power outputs (200-500 kW). The SOFC-MGT systems currently developed are fueled with natural gas, which is reformed inside the same stack, but the use of alternative fuels can be an interesting option. In particular, as the reforming temperature of methanol and di-methyl-ether (DME) (200-350 C) is significantly lower than that of natural gas (700-900 C), the reformer can be sited outside the stack. External reforming in SOFC-MGT plants fueled by methanol and DME enhances efficiency due to improved exhaust heat recovery and higher voltage produced by the greater hydrogen partial pressure at the anode inlet. The study carried out in this paper shows that the main operating parameters of the fuel reforming section (temperature and steam-to-carbon ratio (SCR)) must be carefully chosen to optimise the hybrid plant performance. For the stoichiometric SCR values, the optimum reforming temperature for the methanol fueled hybrid plant is approximately 240 C, giving efficiencies of about 67-68% with a SOFC temperature of 900 C (the efficiency is about 72-73% at 1000 C). Similarly, for DME the optimum reforming temperature is approximately 280 C with efficiencies of 65% at 900 C (69% at 1000 C). Higher SCRs impair stack performance. As too small SCRs can lead to carbon formation, practical SCR values are around one for methanol and 1.5-2 for DME. (author)

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. Thermoeconomic modeling and parametric study of hybrid SOFC-gas turbine-steam turbine power plants ranging from 1.5 to 10 MWe

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    Arsalis, Alexandros

    Detailed thermodynamic, kinetic, geometric, and cost models are developed, implemented, and validated for the synthesis/design and operational analysis of hybrid SOFC-gas turbine-steam turbine systems ranging in size from 1.5 to 10 MWe. The fuel cell model used in this research work is based on a tubular Siemens-Westinghouse-type SOFC, which is integrated with a gas turbine and a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) integrated in turn with a steam turbine cycle. The current work considers the possible benefits of using the exhaust gases in a HRSG in order to produce steam which drives a steam turbine for additional power output. Four different steam turbine cycles are considered in this research work: a single-pressure, a dual-pressure, a triple pressure, and a triple pressure with reheat. The models have been developed to function both at design (full load) and off-design (partial load) conditions. In addition, different solid oxide fuel cell sizes are examined to assure a proper selection of SOFC size based on efficiency or cost. The thermoeconomic analysis includes cost functions developed specifically for the different system and component sizes (capacities) analyzed. A parametric study is used to determine the most viable system/component syntheses/designs based on maximizing total system efficiency or minimizing total system life cycle cost.

  16. 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.

  17. Characterization of time-varying macroscopic electro-chemo-mechanical behavior of SOFC subjected to Ni-sintering in cermet microstructures

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    Muramatsu, M.; Terada, K.; Kawada, T.; Yashiro, K.; Takahashi, K.; Takase, S.

    2015-10-01

    In order to perform stress analyses of a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) under operation, we propose a characterization method of its time-varying macroscopic electro-chemo-mechanical behavior of electrodes by considering the time-varying geometries of anode microstructures due to Ni-sintering. The phase-field method is employed to simulate the micro-scale morphology change with time, from which the time-variation of the amount of triple-phase boundaries is directly predicted. Then, to evaluate the time-variation of the macroscopic oxygen ionic and electronic conductivities and the inelastic properties of the anode electrode, numerical material tests based on the homogenization method are conducted for each state of sintered microstructures. In these homogenization analyses, we also have to consider the dependencies of the properties of constituent materials on the temperature and/or the oxygen potential that is supposed to change within an operation period. To predict the oxygen potential distribution in an overall SOFC structure under long-period operation, which determines reduction-induced expansive/contractive deformation of oxide materials, an unsteady problem of macroscopic oxygen ionic and electronic conductions is solved. Using the calculated stress-free strains and the homogenized mechanical properties, both of which depend on the operational environment, we carry out the macroscopic stress analysis of the SOFC.

  18. Thermodynamic analysis of interactions between Ni-based solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) anodes and trace species in a survey of coal syngas

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    Martinez, Andrew; Gerdes, Kirk; Gemmen, Randall; Poston, James

    A thermodynamic analysis was conducted to characterize the effects of trace contaminants in syngas derived from coal gasification on solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) anode material. The effluents from 15 different gasification facilities were considered to assess the impact of fuel composition on anode susceptibility to contamination. For each syngas case, the study considers the magnitude of contaminant exposure resulting from operation of a warm gas cleanup unit at two different temperatures and operation of a nickel-based SOFC at three different temperatures. Contaminant elements arsenic (As), phosphorous (P), and antimony (Sb) are predicted to be present in warm gas cleanup effluent and will interact with the nickel (Ni) components of a SOFC anode. Phosphorous is the trace element found in the largest concentration of the three contaminants and is potentially the most detrimental. Poisoning was found to depend on the composition of the syngas as well as system operating conditions. Results for all trace elements tended to show invariance with cleanup operating temperature, but results were sensitive to syngas bulk composition. Synthesis gas with high steam content tended to resist poisoning.

  19. 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

  20. 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

  1. 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)

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.)

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Development of electrical efficiency measurement techniques for 10 kW-class SOFC system: Part I. Measurement of electrical efficiency

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    Measurement techniques to estimate electrical efficiency of 10 kW-class SOFC systems fueled by town-gas were developed and demonstrated for a system developed by Kansai Electric Power Company and Mitsubishi Materials Corporation under a NEDO project. Higher heating value of the fuel was evaluated with a transportable gas sampling unit and conventional gas chromatography in AIST laboratory with thermal-conductivity and flame-ionization detectors, leading to mean value 44.69 MJ m-3 on a volumetric base for ideal-gas at the standard state (0 deg. C, 101.325 kPa). Mass-flow-rate of the fuel was estimated as 33.04 slm with a mass-flow meter for CH4, which was calibrated to correct CH4 flow-rate and effect of sensitivity change and to obtain conversion factor from CH4 to town-gas. Without calibration, systematic effect would occur by 8% in flow-rate measurement in the case for CH4. Power output was measured with a precision power analyzer, a virtual three phase starpoint adapter, and tri-axial shunts. Power of fundamental wave (60 Hz) was estimated as 10.14 kW, considering from total active power, total higher harmonic distortion factor, and power consumption at the starpoint adapter. The electrical efficiency was presumed to be 41.2% (HHV), though this mean value will be complete only when uncertainty estimation is accompanied

  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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    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.

  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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    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.

  10. Recovery Act: Demonstration of a SOFC Generator Fueled by Propane to Provide Electrical Power to Real World Applications

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    Bessette, Norman

    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 • 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.

  11. 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)

  12. Fuel Supply Investigation for an Externally Fired Microturbine based Micro CHP System : Case study on a selected site in Bishoftu, Ethiopia

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    Aga, Aboma Emiru

    2013-01-01

    Sudden change on earth’s climate, which is a result of an increase in CO2 in the atmosphere, is mainlycaused by burning of fossil fuels for various energy services. However, for the energy services to befavourable to the environment, there should be a balance with the environmental protection, and we cancall that “Sustainable Innovative Development”. “EXPLORE Polygeneration” initiative will serve as an important tool to promote the application ofrenewable technologies extending to the future ...

  13. Waste to energy: Exploitation of biogas from organic waste in a 500 Wel solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stack

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    Organic waste collection from local municipal areas with subsequent energy valorization through CHP systems allows for a reduction of waste disposal in landfill. Pollutant emissions released into the atmosphere are also reduced in this way. Solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) systems are among the most promising energy generators, due to their high electrical efficiency (>50%), even at part loads. In this work, the local organic fraction of municipal solid waste has been digested in a dry anaerobic digester pilot plant and a biogas stream with methane and carbon dioxide concentrations ranging from 60–70 and 30–40% vol., respectively, has been obtained. Trace compounds from the digester and after the gas clean-up section have been detected by means of a new technique that exploits the protonation reactions between the volatile compounds of interest and the ion source. Sulfur, chlorine and siloxane compounds have been removed from as-produced biogas through the use of commercial sorbent materials, such as activated carbons impregnated with metals. A buffer gas cylinder tank has been inserted downstream from the filtering section to compensate for the biogas fluctuations from the digester. The technical feasibility of the dry anaerobic process of the organic fraction of municipal solid waste, coupled with a gas cleaning section and an SOFC system, has been proved experimentally with an electrical efficiency ranging from 32 to 36% for 400 h under POx conditions. - Highlights: • Biogas trace compounds were monitored with the innovative PTR-MS technique. • VOCs removal of a filter section was investigated with PTR-MS. • The treated biogas fed a SOFC stack with stable performance for more than 400 h

  14. Development of a New Class of Low Cost, High Frequency Link Direct DC to AC Converters for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC)

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    Prasad Enjeti; J.W. Howze

    2003-12-01

    This project proposes to design and develop a new class of power converters (direct DC to AC) to drastically improve performance and optimize the cost, size, weight and volume of the DC to AC converter in SOFC systems. The proposed topologies employ a high frequency link; direct DC to AC conversion approach. The direct DC to AC conversion approach is more efficient and operates without an intermediate dc-link stage. The absence of the dc-link, results in the elimination of bulky, aluminum electrolytic capacitors, which in turn leads to a reduction in the cost, volume, size and weight of the power electronic converter. The feasibility of two direct DC to AC converter topologies and their suitability to meet SECA objectives will be investigated. Laboratory proto-type converters (3-5kW) will be designed and tested in Phase-1. A detailed design trade-off study along with the test results will be available in the form of a report for the evaluation of SECA Industrial partners. This project proposes to develop a new and innovative power converter technology suitable for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) power systems in accordance with SECA objectives. The proposed fuel cell inverter (FCI) employs state of the art power electronic devices configured in two unique topologies to achieve direct conversion of DC power (24-48V) available from a SOFC to AC power (120/240V, 60Hz) suitable for utility interface and powering stand alone loads. The primary objective is to realize cost effective fuel cell converter, which operates under a wide input voltage range, and output load swings with high efficiency and improved reliability.

  15. Electrolyte material progress of low-temperature SOFC%低温固体氧化物燃料电池电解质材料

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    韩达; 吴天植; 辛显双; 王绍荣; 占忠亮

    2013-01-01

      低温化是固体氧化物燃料电池(SOFC)发电技术的重要发展趋势.SOFC工作温度的降低不仅可极大地降低材料及制备成本,更重要的是可极大地提高其长期运行的稳定性.电解质是SOFC的核心部件,可以采用电解质薄膜化或新型电解质材料来降低SOFC的工作温度.本文概述了目前被广泛研究的低温SOFC的电解质材料,并从其结构及性能出发,重点阐述了它们各自的优点和局限性.%Reducing the operating temperature is critically important to promote the widespread imple-mentation of the solid oxide fuel cell(SOFC)technology due to the associated advantages including reduced materials and processing cost as well as enhanced long-term stability. The principal approach to achieve reduction in operating temperature is to reduce the electrolyte thickness and adopt alternative electrolyte materials that exhibit much higher ionic conductivities than the state-of-the-art yttria-stabilized zirconia electrolyte at comparable temperatures. Here,electrolyte materials for low-temperature SOFC,including lanthanum gallate-based,ceria-based,and bismuth oxide-based materials,were briefly reviewed. The structure and specific properties such as effects of dopants,conductivity and chemical compatibility were discussed. The merits and drawbacks of these various electrolytes were also compared.

  16. 低温固体氧化物燃料电池电解质材料%Electrolyte material progress of low-temperature SOFC

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    韩达; 吴天植; 辛显双; 王绍荣; 占忠亮

    2013-01-01

      低温化是固体氧化物燃料电池(SOFC)发电技术的重要发展趋势.SOFC工作温度的降低不仅可极大地降低材料及制备成本,更重要的是可极大地提高其长期运行的稳定性.电解质是SOFC的核心部件,可以采用电解质薄膜化或新型电解质材料来降低SOFC的工作温度.本文概述了目前被广泛研究的低温SOFC的电解质材料,并从其结构及性能出发,重点阐述了它们各自的优点和局限性.%Reducing the operating temperature is critically important to promote the widespread imple-mentation of the solid oxide fuel cell(SOFC)technology due to the associated advantages including reduced materials and processing cost as well as enhanced long-term stability. The principal approach to achieve reduction in operating temperature is to reduce the electrolyte thickness and adopt alternative electrolyte materials that exhibit much higher ionic conductivities than the state-of-the-art yttria-stabilized zirconia electrolyte at comparable temperatures. Here,electrolyte materials for low-temperature SOFC,including lanthanum gallate-based,ceria-based,and bismuth oxide-based materials,were briefly reviewed. The structure and specific properties such as effects of dopants,conductivity and chemical compatibility were discussed. The merits and drawbacks of these various electrolytes were also compared.

  17. 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...

  18. On the influence of silica type on the structural integrity of dense La9.33Si2Ge4O26 electrolytes for SOFCs

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    Alves, Cátia; Marcelo, Teresa; Oliveira, F. A. Costa; Alves, L. C.; Mascarenhas, João; Trindade, B.

    2013-01-01

    Apatite-type rare earth based oxides, such as R-doped lanthanum oxides of general formula La9.33(RO4)6O2 with R = Ge, Si, exhibit high ionic conductivity and low activation energy at moderate temperatures, when compared to the yttria-stabilized zirconia electrolyte making them potential materials to be used in the range 500–700 °C, for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs). In this study, dense oxyapatite-based La9.33Si2Ge4O26 electrolytes have been successfully prepared ...

  19. 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.

  20. 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。

  1. Les nickelates A2MO4+ð, nouveaux matériaux de cathode pour piles à combustible SOFC moyenne température

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    Boehm, Emmanuelle

    2002-01-01

    With the aim of developping solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), it is necessary to decrease the operating temperature from 900-1000° C down to 650-700° C. However, in this temperature range, ohmic drops and overpotentials are somewhat increased, especially at the cathode. En vue du développement des piles à combustible à électrolyte oxyde solide (SOFC), l'une des priorités actuelles est d'abaisser leur température de fonctionnement de 900 - 1000ʿC jusqu'à 650 - 700ʿC. Néanmoins, à ces températu...

  2. 低浓度干甲烷在SOFC Ni-YSZ阳极上的反应%Reactions of low concentration dry methane at Ni-YSZ anode in the SOFCs

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    由宏新; 高红杰; 陈刚; 阿布里提·阿布都拉; 丁信伟

    2011-01-01

    向Ni-YSZ/YSZ/LSM(Ni-Y2O3稳定的ZrO/YSZ/La0.85Sr0.15MnO3-δ)电池阳极通入不同浓度的干甲烷,利用气相色谱对阳极尾气进行原位检测,研究在不同电流密度下,干甲烷在Ni-YSZ阳极上所发生的反应.通过理论开路电压和实测开路电压的比较、阳极尾气的定量分析以及CH4在Ni基阳极上基元反应活化能分析,发现操作温度100000℃时,3.85%和5.66%甲烷为燃料的Ni-YSZ阳极电池,在电流密度由低到高的过程中,甲烷在Ni-YSZ阳极上顺序发生部分氧化反应、CH4+2O2- → CO+H2O+H2+4e-、CH4+3O2- → CO+2H2O+6e-和完全氧化反应.随着后续反应的相继发生,前面的反应速率逐渐减小.%Dry methane with various concentrations was directly entered the anode of the solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) of Ni-YSZ/YSZ/LSM ( Ni-Y2O3 stabilized ZrO/YSZ/La0.85 Sr0.15 MnO3-δ ). The exhaust gases from anode were measured in-situ by gas chromatograph (GC) to study the reactions of dry methane under different current densities at the Ni-YSZ anodes. The reactions were determined by comprising the theoretical open-circuit voltage (OCV) to the measured one, analyzing quantitatively the exhaust gas and the activation energy of elementary reactions occurred to CH4 at the Ni-YSZ anodes. At 1000 ℃ oxidation of methane was found to take place in sequence from partial oxidation, CH4+2O2-→ CO+H2O+H2+4e-, ca4 +3O2-→ CO+2H2O+6e- to complete oxidation with increasing current density at the Ni-YSZ anodes under 3.85% and 5.66% CH4 conditions.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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)

  6. 直接甲烷SOFC阳极催化剂研究进展%Review of anode catalyst development of direct methane SOFC

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    由宏新; 刘瑞瑞; 刘瑞杰; 阿布理提·阿布都拉

    2011-01-01

    For the problem of carbon deposits on the anode of sclid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) with methane as the direct fuel. the recent progress of the anode catalyst was summarized, and the properties of the Ni, Ce, Cu-based modified bi-metallic solid solution anode catalyst, perovskite-type oxide anode with MIEC mixture of ionic and electronic conductivty), and other complex oxiade catalyst was reviewed. The prospect of the anode of direct methane SOFC was also put forward.%针对直接甲烷为固体氧化物燃料电池燃料时,阳极催化剂的抗积碳性,总结了近年来阳极催化剂的研究进展,对Ni、Ce、Cu基催化剂改性的双金属固熔体阳极,混合了离子和电子导电的钙钛矿型氧化物阳极以及其它复合氧化物催化剂性能进行评述,分析得出了今后直接甲烷燃料SOFC阳极的发展方向.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. SOFC Cathode Mechanisms

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

    1996-01-01

    litterature. It is argued that this kind of mechanism can only partly explain the experimental observations. The capacitive part of the low frequency response at anodic potentials is shown to be due to gas enclosures at the lectrode-electrolyte interface. As to the inductive activation mechanism of the...

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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)

  15. 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.

  16. 1kW SOFC-CHP系统用催化燃烧耦合蒸汽重整反应器的实验研究%Experimental study on reactor integrating catalytic combustion and steam reforming for 1 kW SOFC-CHP

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    张莉; 邢耀华; 钟杰; 徐宏; 曹军

    2016-01-01

    针对1 kW固体氧化物燃料电池热电联供(SOFC-CHP)系统开发了集成催化燃烧、换热及蒸汽重整的反应器,搭建了性能评价系统,系统研究了燃烧侧气体组分及工艺参数对该反应器性能的影响规律。实验结果表明:在反应器燃烧侧气体入口温度为300℃、空燃比为10:1、电堆燃料利用率为65%、水碳比为3的条件下,重整侧转化率达到73.6%,重整尾气中H2含量为67.5%。电堆燃料利用率对重整反应转化效率影响较大,其值大于80%时,采用尾气燃烧的余热回收方式无法有效为蒸汽重整提供所需热量。在150~350℃范围内,降低燃烧侧气体入口温度对重整反应效率影响较小,建议采用尾气先换热再进行催化燃烧的流程设计,保证重整效率的前提下可有效提升系统热效率。空燃比的降低可小幅度提升重整效率,在保证电堆反应温度稳定的前提下,适当降低空燃比可减少空气压缩机的功耗,从而提升整个系统的效率。研究成果对SOFC-CHP系统的优化和整体效率提升具有指导意义。%A reactor integrating catalytic combustion, heat exchange and steam reforming was developed for a 1 kW solid oxide fuel cell-combined heating and power system (SOFC-CHP). Experiments were carried out to investigate the effect of combustion gas components and process parameters on properties of the reactor. The results showed that methane conversion rate was 73.6%and hydrogen concentration in the exhaust gas was 67.5%under operating conditions at the inlet temperature of combustion gas of 300℃, air-fuel ratio of 10:1, fuel utilization of stacks of 65% and water-carbon ratio of 3:1. Fuel utilization of the SOFC stacks had significant effect on methane conversion. Waste heat recovery from the exhaust gas combustion cannot provide enough heat for methane steam reforming when the fuel utilization was greater than 80%. Reduction of the inlet temperature

  17. 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...

  18. 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.

  19. 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)

  20. 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.

  1. 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...... and hot water are still in demand. This maximises the running time of the fuel cell, and thus the economic and environmental benefit of the system, without wasting produced heat.......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...

  2. Design and processing parameters of La2NiO4+δ-based cathode for anode-supported planar solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs)

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    Jeong, Changwoo; Lee, Jong-Heun; Park, Mansoo; Hong, Jongsup; Kim, Hyoungchul; Son, Ji-Won; Lee, Jong-Ho; Kim, Byung-Kook; Yoon, Kyung Joong

    2015-11-01

    The Ruddlesden-Popper phase lanthanum nickelate, La2NiO4+δ (LNO), is successfully implemented as a strontium- and cobalt-free cathode in anode-supported planar solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) through systematic optimization of materials, processing and structural parameters. Chemical interaction between LNO and gadolinia-doped ceria (GDC), which leads to phase decomposition of composite cathode and significant deterioration of the electrochemical performance, is prevented by lowering the processing temperature below 1000 °C. For low-temperature fabrication process, the thermo-mechanical stability at the interface is secured by modifying the powder characteristics and inserting the adhesive interlayer. The issues associated with the electrical contact and current distribution are resolved by incorporating the perovskite La0.6Sr0.4CoO3-δ (LSC) as a current collecting layer, and the thermal stresses at the interface are relieved by constructing a gradient electrode structure. Consequently, the optimized anode-supported planar cell with an LNO-based cathode exhibits superior performance compared to the reference cell with a conventional cathode in the intermediate-temperature range, which is attributed to the enhanced interfacial process and surface reaction kinetics based on impedance analysis.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Study of synthesis routes and processing of NiO-YSZ ceramic composite for use as anode in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC)

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    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 Ni2+ in co-precipitation process, due to the formation of complex [Ni(NH3)n]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, generated by reduction of

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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...

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Fiscal 2000 project of inviting proposals for international joint research - invitation for international proposal (Power generation No.2). Achievement report on development of high-efficiency low-temperature power generation device using SOFC containing yttria-doped ceria layer; 2000 nendo kokusai kyodo kenkyu teian kobo jigyo - kokusai teian kobo (hatsuden No.2). Yttria gan'yu ceria so wo yusuru SOFC kokoritsu teion sadogata hatsuden sochi no kaihatsu seika hokokusho

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    2001-03-01

    Efforts continue to develop a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) capable of consuming methane, propane, and the like, as fuel directly and of operation at 650 degrees C or lower. The efforts in concrete terms involve the development of an anode material, an electrolyte, and a cathode material not to suffer carbon precipitation and the evaluation of power generation performance of a hydrocarbon fueled single cell. Activities are conducted in the five domains of (1) the fabrication of an SOFC single cell and a preliminary study, (2) evaluation of solid electrolyte thermal stability using X-ray diffraction, (3) anodic carbon precipitation test and single cell performance test, (4) survey of technical trends overseas, and (5) the goal and self-management. In domain (1), technologies are developed to form thin film anodes of Ni-GDC (gadolinium-doped ceria), Cu-GDC, Ni-YSZ (yttria-stabilized zirconia), and the like, for which the ultrasonic spray method and slurry coat method are used. In the study of cell manufacturing, the anode support method and cathode support method are investigated. The anode support method is used to fabricate a thin film, a thin YSZ film is successfully fabricated for typical Ni-YSZ. (NEDO)

  12. 玻璃和云母复合封接SOFC电池堆性能%Sealing Properties of SOFC Stack Sealed by Mica and Glass Composite

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    于立安; 童菁菁; 韩敏芳

    2012-01-01

    封接技术是影响平板式固体氧化物燃料电池(SOFC)发展的关键技术之一。实验中用云母和Bi2O3-BaO-SiO2-RxOy(R=K,Zn,Al2O3,etc.)玻璃复合,将电解质(氧化钇稳定氧化锆,YSZ)支撑的电池和金属连接体(SUS430不锈钢)封接在一起,对封接后电池堆的封接性能和开路电压以及各组元热膨胀性能进行测试。结果表明:云母在室温到720℃的平均热膨胀系数为8.5×10-6 K-1,Bi2O3-BaO-SiO2-RxOy玻璃20℃到520℃的平均热膨胀系数为11.0×10-6/K,与YSZ和金属连接体匹配。云母的层状结构可以缓解因热膨胀系数不同而产生的应力,在高温状态下云母还能起到固定软化玻璃的作用。通过气密性和电性能测试,在电池堆工作状态下气密性良好,在操作温度为800~900℃下运行28小时,电池堆的开路电压(OCV)维持在1.0V以上,复合封料及其两边材料中的元素没有明显扩散。因此,云母和玻璃Bi2O3-BaO-SiO2-RxOy复合封接技术可适用于高温SOFC的封接。%Sealing has been identified as one of the key technologies for the development of planar solid oxide fuel cells(SOFCs).In this work,mica and Bi2O3-BaO-SiO2-RxOy(R=K,Zn,Al2O3,etc.) glass were used as sealants for SOFC stack,by which cells supported by yttria-stabilized zirconia(YSZ) electrolyte were connected with interconnectors of SUS430 steel.Coefficient of thermal expansion(CTE),seal performance and open circuit voltage(OCV) were determined by the experiments.Microstructure of the interface was studied by the scanning electron microscopy(SEM).The average CTE of mica from room temperature to720℃ is 8.5×10-6 K-1 and the average CTE of the Bi2O3-BaO-SiO2-RxOy glass from 20℃ to 520℃ is 11.0×10-6 K-1.Thermal expansion of sealing materials was matched to the YSZ electrolyte and the steel interconnector.The layered structure of mica can relieve the stresses arising from different CTE values of the YSZ

  13. 碳基燃料SOFC系统构建及成果集成演示研究报告%Development and Demonstration of Coal-based SOFC Systems

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    杜晓佳; 孙再洪

    2016-01-01

    The objectives of Task VI include development of new stack materials, design, assembling and demonstration of SOFC stacks by use of research results achieved by rest tasks of this 973 project. Achievement of these objectives, especially the development of SOFC stacks will provide other task teams with a reliable platform to evaluate and demonstrate their research results, and furthermore, make contributions to national strategic objectives on SOFC technology development... To realize the objectives, the work scope of task VI was set as bellow:Development of new gasket materials and sealing technology for PEN co-structured SOFCs (CS-SOFCs), including material compositions, processing and application technology;Design and optimization of interconnect suitable for CS- SOFCs structure and assembling;Developing stack modeling and related experimental evaluation methods, providing parameters for stack designs.;Establishing and optimizing stack integration technology and assembling stacks for demonstration. Through the first two-year efforts made by task leader, Suzhou Huatsing Jingkun New Energy Technology Corporation, Ltd. (HSNETC), and its subcontractor, China University of Mining and technology (Beijing),all the works planed for the period were completed and the objectives were achieved. In details, the major achievements are as below:(1)Developed 12G-based glass and glass-zirconia composite sealing materials which were successfully used for single cell and SOFC stack testing;(2)Designed the first generation of interconnect with combined dual (air and fuel) flowfields structure. Based on the gained experiments, secondary interconnect was developed with thin stainless steels, which paved a way for future development of high power SOFC stacks, systems and commercialization.(3)Created mathematical stack modeling and established evaluation methods,which provided key parameters for stack designs.(4)Developed first generation technologies for stack assembling, examination

  14. 双气室和单气室中阳极支撑型固体氧化物燃料电池的性能%Performance Ofanode Supported SOFC Operated in Both Double Chamber and Single Chamber Conditions

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    李波; 刘明良; 范军华

    2015-01-01

    采用浆料旋涂法方法制作的致密YSZ薄膜矩形电池,在双气室和单气室都具有较好的性能输出.在氢气作为燃料的双气室条件下,电池的电流密度和电池功率密度都随着电池运行温度的提高而增加,当温度为800℃时,最大的功率密度达到了526 mW/cm2,最大电流密度达到了1.74 A/cm2;在通入甲烷、氧气、氮气混合气的单气室条件下,电池具有较好的选择催化性能,当甲烷和氧气气体比例m=1,温度为700℃时,功率密度最高,达到了160 mW/cm2.%Dense yttria-stabilized zirconia ( YSZ) membranes were fabricated on anode substrates of solid oxide fuel cell ( SOFC) using a slurry spin coating method. The cells were operated in both double chamber and single chamber conditions successfully. In double chamber conditions, the maximum current density and power density of the cell increased with the operated temperature. At 800℃, the maximum current density and power density were 1. 74 A/cm2 and 526 mW/cm2 , respectively. In single chamber conditions, the catalytic selectivity of the electrodes toward the CH4-O2-N2 gas mixture fulfilled the requirement of single chamber SOFC (SC-SOFC), and the highest maximum power density of the cell was about about 160 mW/cm2 at 700℃,CH4/O2=1.

  15. 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

    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...... 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...

  16. 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)

  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. Epuration fine des biogaz en vue d'une valorisation énergétique en pile à combustible de type SOFC : Adsorption de l'octaméthylcyclotétrasiloxane et du sulfure d'hydrogène

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    Sigot, Léa

    2014-01-01

    Les composés traces présents dans les biogaz sont un frein à leur valorisation énergétique. Trois familles ont été identifiées comme particulièrement nocives pour les catalyseurs des reformeurs externes et pour l’anode des piles à combustible de type SOFC : les composés soufrés, siliciés et chlorés. Un traitement poussé du biogaz est donc indispensable pour une telle application. Ce travail à caractère expérimental s’intéresse au développement d’un système de traitement d’affinage destiné à l...

  19. Interconnecteurs métalliques de piles à combustible de type SOFC - Résistance à la corrosion et conductivité électrique à haute température

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    Fontana, Sébastien

    2009-01-01

    Les interconnecteurs représentent une pièce maîtresse des piles à combustibles à oxyde solide (SOFC) car ils sont chargés de collecter et de délivrer les électrons produits lors de la réaction électrochimique du cœur de pile. Les matériaux d'interconnecteurs doivent donc être stables sous air et sous H2/H2O. Ce travail vise à étudier l'influence d'un mince revêtement d'oxydes d'éléments réactifs (La2O3, Y2O3) réalisé par MOCVD sur le comportement à haute température (800°C) de matériaux d'int...

  20. 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.

  1. Synthèse et caractérisation de cellules pour pile à combustible de type IT-SOFC utilisée en tant que système APU dans les transports

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    Sivasankaran, Visweshwar,

    2014-01-01

    La fabrication de cellules de piles à combustible IT-SOFC de large dimension par un nouveau procédé simple et peu coûteux est présentée dans ce manuscrit. L’optimisation de ce nouveau procédé en regard de l’utilisation d’agents de porosité, d’épaisseur de couches et de température de frittage a été réalisée. Les résultats des tests électrochimiques sur des cellules de surface active 10 cm2 réalisés dans le dispositif Fiaxell semi-ouvert ont été détaillés pour différentes cellules. Des tests d...

  2. 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

  3. 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...... of two perovskite phases, a cubic and an orthorhombic phase, as shown by Rietveld refinements. These two phases were synthesized and a cone-shaped electrode study was undertaken. It was shown that the composite cathode had an electrochemical activity superior to that of the two single-phase perovskites......, 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....

  4. Theoretical electromotive force and performance of SOFC fed with different fuel gases%不同燃料SOFC的理论电池电动势及其性能

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    熊洁; 焦成冉; 韩敏芳

    2013-01-01

    以NH3以及3% H2O增湿的H2、CH4、C3H8和煤炭地下气化(underground coal gasification,UCG)气为燃料,用最小Gibbs自由能法计算平衡气体组分和理论电池电动势,并测试在NiO-GDC ‖ GDC ‖Ba0.9Co0.7Fe0.2Nb0.1O3-δ (B0.9CFN)阳极支撑固体氧化物燃料电池(SOFC)中的电池开路电压、电池性能和长期稳定性.结果表明,以上述气体作燃料的SOFC热力学计算理论电动势均高于1.05 V,而由于GDC电解质在还原气氛下存在电子电导,导致碳氢燃料在NiO-GDC‖GDC‖B0.9 CFN阳极支撑电池中的开路电压略小.中低温下,碳氢燃料相对缓慢的动力学过程和GDC电解质快速的氧离子传输速率,使得以UCG气、CH4和C3H8为燃料的电池实际积炭比理论预测少.以UCG气为燃料的SOFC在500、550、600和650℃的最高功率密度分别高达0.151、0.299、0.537和0.729W· cm-2,在0.6V恒压放电120 h后性能没有明显衰减,且阳极表面无积炭产生,表明直接UCG气SOFC具有广阔的应用前景.%The equilibrium species and theoretical electromotive force of cells fed with NH3 and 3% H2O humidified H2,CH4,C3H8 and underground coal gasification (UCG) gas on the basis of minimum Gibbs free energy were calculated,whilst the open circuit voltage (OCV),V-I characteristics and long-term stability of NiO-GDC ‖ GDC ‖ Ba0.9 Co0.7 Fe0.2 Nb0.1O3 δ (B0.9 CFN) anode-supported cells operated in above five fuels were evaluated.The results showed that direct utilization of hydrocarbon fuels in anode could achieve a desirable electromotive force (EMF) no less than 1.05 V,while the OCV for ceria-based cells was comparatively poorer due to the presence of electronic conductivity.Besides,the synergy effect between stagnant kinetics of hydrocarbons reforming and the relatively sufficient O2-supply due to fast migration of oxide ions suppressed carbon deposition at low operating temperatures for ceria-based SOFC.Furthermore,the UCG gas fed cell exhibited peak

  5. Symmetry breaking and electrical conductivity of La0.7Sr0.3Cr0.4Mn0.6O3-δ perovskite as SOFC anode material

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    Research highlights: → Perovskite-type La0.7Sr0.3Cr0.4Mn0.6O3-δ-NiO nucleation kinetics. Symmetry-breaking by introducing Ni2+ cations at 1050 deg. C. Phase transition from high temperature aristotype R3-bar c to hettotype I4/mmm. At low Ni concentration ρ resistivity decreases when increasing the temperature. For Ni concentration higher than 25% ρ resistivity increases. - Abstract: This work is focused on nanocrystalline solid oxide fuel cell synthesis and characterization (SOFC) anodes of La0.7Sr0.3Cr0.4Mn0.6O3-δ (perovskite-type) with Nickel. Perovskite-type oxide chemical reactivity, nucleation kinetics and phase composition related with La0.7Sr0.3Cr0.4Mn0.6O3-δ-NiO to La0.7Sr0.3Cr0.4Mn0.6O3-δ-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% H2/N2 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 Ni2+ cations in the perovskite solid solution. Rietveld analysis suggests that Ni contents are directly proportional to La0.7Sr0.3Cr0.4Mn0.6NiO3.95 tetragonal structure cell volume and inversely proportional to Ni cubic structure cell volume after reduction at 1050 deg. C. Kinetic analysis indicated that the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami equation is able to provide a good fit to phase transformation kinetics. The variation of electrical

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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).

  10. 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).

  11. 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℃.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Structural, thermal and microstructural studies of the proton conductor BaCe0.7Zr0.1Y0.05Zn0.15O3 for IT-SOFCs

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    Hossain, S.; Radenahmad, N.; Zaini, J. H.; Begum, F.; Azad, A. K.

    2016-03-01

    The specimen of BaCe0.7Zr0.1Y0.05Zn0.15O3, a perovskite-type electrolyte, has been synthesized for application in an anode-supported protonic solid oxide fuel cell by the conventional solid state reaction in air at 1200°C for 12 hours. Structural and thermal characterization has been performed using room temperature X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA) and Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA). Rietveld analysis of the XRD data has been analyzed by FullProf program and confirmed the single phase of the sample with an orthorhombic crystal structure in the Pbnm space group. To understand the temperature dependent behaviour TG/DTA scan of the precursor was recorded. The TG/DTA scan was performed under constant flow of Argon which exhibits a gradual weight loss up to 900oC. The SEM image of the pellet surface of the sample shows that the sample sintered at 1200oC was dense and suitable to use as electrolyte in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs).

  15. 中温SOFC复合阴极材料BSCN0.6-30%GDC的表征%Investigation of BSCN0.6-30%GDC Composite Cathode for IT-SOFC

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    张磊磊; 常莹; 黄金华; 宋昭远; 付依丹; 刘默

    2014-01-01

    Ba0.6 Sr0.4 Co0.9 Nb0.1 O3-δ(BSCN ) perovskite-type oxide was prepared by the solid state reaction.The high temperature chemical compatibility between BSCN0.6 and Gd0.1 Ce0.9 O1.95 (GDC)were analyzed by XRD.XRD patterns indicate that a week solid solution between BSCN0.6 and GDC takes place after the BSCN0.6-GDC composite material was calcined at high temperature.However,this solid solution does not show a negative effect on the performance of the cathode.The mixture of BSCN0.6 and GDC in a weight ratio of 70∶30 was used as SOFC composite cathode and the electrical property,thermal expansion behavior and electrochemical performance were investigated.The electrical conductivity was found to decrease with increasing GDC content;however,the thermal expansion coefficients (TEC)of BSCN0.6-30%GDC composite cathode decreased,which enhances the thermal match between the cathode and GDC electrolyte.With BSCN0.6-30%GDC as the electrode,the polarization resistance of a symmetrical cell BSCN0.6-30%GDC//GDC is only 0.047~0.012Ω·cm2 in 700~800℃.Therefore,BSCN0.6-30%GDC composite material is a promising IT-SOFC cathode.%通过固相反应法制备了钙钛矿氧化物 Ba0.6 Sr0.4 Co0.9 Nb0.1 O3-δ(简称 BSCN0.6),采用 XRD对 BSCN0.6与Gd0.1 Ce0.9 O1.95(简称 GDC)电解质间的高温化学相容性进行表征。结果表明,BSCN0.6与 GDC高温煅烧后存在微弱的固溶反应,但并未对阴极性能造成不利影响。将 BSCN0.6与质量分数为30%的 GDC 复合(简称 BSCN0.6-30%GDC)后作 SOFC阴极,采用四电极法测电导、热膨胀测试等手段对复合阴极进行表征。结果表明,BSCN0.6与 GDC复合降低了材料的电导率,同时也降低了材料的热膨胀系数,提高了阴极与 GDC电解质间的热匹配性。以 BSCN0. 6-30%GDC复合材料作电极,700~800℃时对称电池 BSCN0.6-30%GDC//GDC 的极化阻抗为0.047~0.012Ω· cm2。因此,BSCN0.6-30%GDC复合材料有望作 IT-SOFC的低极化阻抗的阴极材料。

  16. 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

  17. 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)

  18. Développement de matériaux d'électrodes pour pile à combustible SOFC dans un fonctionnement sous gaz naturel / biogaz. Applications dans le cadre des procédés "pré-reformeur" et mono-chambre"

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    Gaudillere, Cyril

    2010-01-01

    La pile à combustible Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (PAC-SOFC) est un système de production d'énergie " propre " qui permet de convertir de l'hydrogène en énergie électrique en ne rejetant que de l'eau. Une nouvelle configuration appelée " monochambre " semble être particulièrement attrayante compte tenu de ces nombreux avantages sur la configuration bi-chambre classique : simplification de fabrication, baisse de la température de fonctionnement, utilisation d'hydrocarbures comme combustible... La mi...

  19. 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)

  20. 设置富氨蒸气回热器的固体氧化物燃料电池/燃气轮机/卡琳娜联合循环系统的热力性能分析%Thermodynamic Analysis of SOFC/GT/KCS Integrated Power Generation System With Reheater of Concentrated Ammonia Vapor

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    岳秀艳; 韩吉田; 于泽庭; 岳炜莉

    2014-01-01

    ABSTRACT:A newsolid oxide fuel cell/gas turbine/ Kalina cycle system (SOFC/GT/KCS) integrated power generation system was proposed. The new system was simulated by using the EES software based on the developed mathematical models, and the system performance was evaluated by the first and second laws of thermodynamics.The parametric study was also conducted to investigate the influenceof the main parameters, such as the flowrate, thefuel utilization factor, thecompressor pressure ratio and the steam-to-carbon ratio on the system performance in detail. The results indicate thattheSOFC electrical, the system overall electricaland the exergy efficiencies reach about 49.2%,67.6% and68.16%, respectively, underthe ratedconditions. It is also found that the largest exergy loss occurs in the waste heat boiler followed by the SOFC, the gas turbine, the HR3, and the after-burner in the system. In addition,there is an optimalfuel utilizationfactor (0.85)to reachthe maximum overall electrical, exergy and the SOFC electrical efficiencies. And the overall electrical and exergy efficiencies can be improved by decreasing the air flow rate, fuel flow rate, andthe steam-to-carbon ratio within the range of parameters studied.%提出了一种新的SOFC/GT/KCS联合循环发电系统,建立了该系统热力性能的数学模型,根据热力学第一定律和第二定律,利用EES软件仿真模拟对系统进行了能量分析、㶲分析,并研究了空气流率、燃料利用率、燃料流率、压气机压比、水蒸气碳比的变化对联合循环热力性能的影响。研究结果表明,在设定工况下,SOFC的发电效率为49.2%,系统总发电效率为67.6%,系统总火用效率为68.16%;系统的各部件中,火用损失较大的部件依次为SOFC、后燃烧室、燃气轮机、预热器3和余热锅炉;当燃料利用率为0.85时联合循环系统的性能最佳;在一定范围内,随着空气流率、燃料流率或水蒸汽碳比的增加

  1. Studies of Morphology of Half-cell of Anode Supported SOFC after Reduction%阳极支撑氧化物半电池还原微观形貌研究

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    王霞; 王峰会; 坚增运

    2012-01-01

    This paper was conducted to study the morphology of the half-cell of anode supported SOFC after reduction. The specimens of half-cell were put in a tube furnace during reduction. The changes of the half-cell morphology were observed by means of SEM before and after reaction. Determination of the atomic proportions of the elements in half-cell before and after reduction is to quantify the oxide degree. It shows that the change of smooth surface morphology in the YSZ electrolyte surface before and after reduction is little, while the morphology of its cross section turns into fusion state after reduction from block state before reduction. The color of anode supported layer of NiO/YSZ changes from oxidation state of green NiO/YSZ into reduction state of gray Ni/YSZ. YSZ ceramic in the anode supported layer is granular and shiny. Its surface is uneven and the fracture step is obvious. The NiO in the anode supported layer is gray and sheet. Its surface is smooth. Reduction makes NiO phase, which is no longer coated with the YSZ, change into Ni phase. The Ni phase in half-cell is independent and increasing.%固体氧化物燃料电池在使用中存在还原过程,微观形貌会发生变形.将半电池试样在管式炉中进行还原反应,通过SEM观察其微现形貌反应前后的变化,利用能谱测定反应前后的元素原子比重.研究结果表明:电解质氧化钇稳定氧化锆(YSZ)薄膜表面形貌还原前后变化不大,表面平整光滑;截面形貌变化明显,还原后变为融合状态.阳极支撑NiO/YSZ截面颜色变化明显,还原后变为灰色的Ni/YSZ.YSZ陶瓷小颗粒状的出现,表面突出不平整,有明显的断裂解理台阶,层片状的NiO,表面光滑平整.还原反应使NiO相变成Ni相,不再与YSZ包覆在一起,独立的Ni相增多.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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)

  5. 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.

  6. Electrochemical vapor deposition of SOFC components

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    Electrochemical vapor deposition (EVD) is a technique for producing thin (10-15 μm) gas tight layers of metal oxides upon porous substrates. The first step in film formation proceeds by a normal CVD type reaction: step 1, pore closure; MeCl4 + 2 H2O → MeO2 + 4 HCl. Deposits of the metal oxide form on the porous substrate which separates the reactant metal chlorides from a mixture of H2O (steam) and H2. Once pore closure is complete the reactants are no longer in direct contact and film growth proceeds by the following reactions: step 2, scale growth: MeCl4 + 2 O= → MeO2 + 2 Cl2 + 4e- and 2 H2O + 4e- → 2 H2 + 2 O =. In this paper the dynamics of the second step, scale growth, are examined as function of the reaction temperature, yttria content in the film, and oxygen partial pressure gradient across the film

  7. 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.

  8. Electrochemical Impedance Studies of SOFC Cathodes

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    Hjelm, Johan; Søgaard, Martin; Wandel, Marie;

    2007-01-01

    Mixed ion- and electron-conducting composite electrodes consisting of doped ceria and perovskite have been studied by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) at different temperatures and oxygen partial pressures. This paper aims to describe the different contributions to the polarisation...

  9. 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...

  10. 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.

  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. Hard- and software implementation and verification of an Islanded House prototype

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    Molderink, Albert; Bosman, Maurice G.C.; Bakker, Vincent; Hurink, Johann L.; Smit, Gerard J.M.

    2009-01-01

    Abstract: Rising energy prices and the greenhouse effect gave a boost to the innovation of energy saving technologies. One of these technologies is microCHP, a replacement of a boiler producing heat and electricity. We investigated whether it is possible to use a microCHP to decrease discomfort durin

  13. Study of La1-χCaχCrO3 as anode catalysts for sulfur-oxygen SOFC%La1-xCaxCrO3对硫-氧燃料电池催化性能的研究

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    朱伟长; 卢异飞; 俞海云; 郑翠红; 闫勇; 孙颜刚

    2011-01-01

    La1-χCaχCrO3 (x=0,0.1,0.2,0.3) were prepared by co-precipitation method and acted as anode catalysts of sulfur-oxygen SOFC with YSZ as electrolyte material and LSCF as cathode material. The open circuit voltage of cells was tested. The results of the OBV test indicate that in the range of 700-8800 ℃, La1-χCaχCrO3(x=0T0.1,0.2,0.3) has clear catalysis effect on sulfur-oxygen SOFC. When La08Ca0.2CrO3 was selected as anode catalyst, at 800 ℃, the OGV is 0.560 V, which reaches 75% of the theoretical OCV value. Furthermore, the rest of the catalytic effect is: La0.9Ca0.1CrO3> LaCrO3>La0.7Ca0.3CrO3.%通过共沉淀法制备出La1-xCaxCrO3(x=0,0.1,0.2,0.3)作为阳极催化剂,分别以钇稳定氧化锆(YSZ)粉体和La0.66Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3-x(LSCF)粉体作为硫-氧燃料电池的电解质材料和阴极材料.发现在700~800 ℃时,La1-xCaxCrO3(x=0,0.1,0.2,0.3)对硫-氧燃料电池具有明显的催化效果,当选择La0.8Ca0.2CrO3为阳极催化剂时,测得800 ℃时单电池开路电压为560 mV,达到理论计算值的75%.其余催化效果由大到小依次为:La0.9Ca0.1CrO3、LaCrO3、La0.7Ca0.3CrO3.

  14. 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 of...

  15. Accelerated testing of solid oxide fuel cell stacks for micro combined heat and power application

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    Hagen, Anke; Høgh, Jens Valdemar Thorvald; Barfod, Rasmus

    2015-12-01

    State-of-the-art (SoA) solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stacks are tested using profiles relevant for use in micro combined heat and power (CHP) units. Such applications are characterised by dynamic load profiles. In order to shorten the needed testing time and to investigate potential acceleration of degradation, the profiles are executed faster than required for real applications. Operation with fast load cycling, both using hydrogen and methane/steam as fuels, does not accelerate degradation compared to constant operation, which demonstrates the maturity of SoA stacks and enables transferring knowledge from testing at constant conditions to dynamic operation. 7.5 times more cycles than required for 80,000 h lifetime as micro CHP are achieved on one-cell-stack level. The results also suggest that degradation mechanisms that proceed on a longer time-scale, such as creep, might have a more dominating effect for long life-times than regular short time changes of operation. In order to address lifetime testing it is suggested to build a testing program consisting of defined modules that represent different application profiles, such as one module at constant conditions, followed by modules at one set of dynamic conditions etc.

  16. 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.

  17. An exploratory study on solution assisted synthetic routes to prepare nano-crystalline La1-xM xGa1-yN yO3±δ (M = Sr, □; N = Mn, Mg) for IT-SOFC applications

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    Nano-crystalline La1-xM xGa1-yN yO3±δ (M = Sr; □ (vacancy), x = -0.10 to 0.15; N = Mn, Mg; y = -0.10 to 0.15) compositions were synthesized by various wet chemical methods. The La- or Ga-deficient compositions are attempted to avoid substitution of aliovalent cations which can facilitate the formation of single phase at relatively low temperature by restoring the nano-crystalline nature of the powders. The wet chemical methods like metal-carboxylate gel decomposition, hydroxide co-precipitation and regenerative sol-gel process followed by microwave sintering in a very short interval time (30 min) of the powders were attempted at ∼1200 deg. C. The powders were characterized by various techniques like XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The grain size measured was ∼22 nm range. The electrical conductivities of the compositions were measured by ac and dc techniques. The conductivity of a sintered pellet was found to be ∼0.01-0.21 S cm-1 at 550-1000 deg. C range, respectively. The influence of process parameters on the properties of the materials based on experimental observations and literature data is discussed. The advantages of nano-crystalline nature of the powders over microcrystalline powders synthesized by the conventional methods of preparation were brought out. The effect of wet chemical methods especially regenerative sol-gel in producing nano-crystalline perovskites with multi-element substitutions at A- and B-sites (of ABO3) to achieve physico-chemical compatibility for fabricating zero emission all perovskite IT-SOFCs has been reported

  18. 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.

  19. 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...

  20. 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.

  1. Synthesis of Nanocrystalline Yttria Stabilized Zirconia for SOFC

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    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Nanocrystalline zirconia powders stabilized with varying concentration of yttria (YSZ were synthesized following urea solution combustion route. Thermogravimetric analysis combined with differential scanning calorimetry was carried out for the intermediate gel for analyzing reaction kinetics. The final products were characterized by X‐ray diffractometry, transmission electron microscopy and specific surface area measurements. Sintering behavior of theses powders were studied. The powder quality is poor in respect of surface area and sintered density.

  2. 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...

  3. New Hypothesis for SOFC Ceramic Oxygen Electrode Mechanisms

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    Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg; Chatzichristodoulou, Christodoulos; Graves, Christopher R.;

    2016-01-01

    -Popper structured electrode materials are sufficiently electron and oxygen ion conducting to provide reaction sites despite that the bulk phase of such an oxide layer is insulating. We claim that a few nanometer thin layer of mixed SrO-La2O3 that contains some dissolved transition metal and some impurities plus two...... space charge layers – one towards the gas phase and the other towards the perovskite – will be sufficiently oxide ion (vacancy) and electron conducting to support the electrode process. We also present some considerations about a possible mechanism of improved electrodes.......A new hypothesis for the electrochemical reaction mechanism in solid oxide cell ceramic oxygen electrodes is proposed based on literature including our own results. The hypothesis postulates that the observed thin layers of SrO-La2O3 on top of ceramic perovskite and other Ruddlesden...

  4. Nanocomposite cermets for hydrogen production and SOFC anodes

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    Mezentseva, Natalia; Alikina, Galina; Pelipenko, Vladimir [Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Smorygo, Oleg [Powder Metallurgy Institute, Minsk (Belarus); Ross, Julian R.H. [Limerick Univ. (Iran, Islamic Republic of). Centre of Environmental Research; Sadykov, Vladislav [Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State Univ. (Russian Federation)

    2010-07-01

    Nanocomposite cermets comprised of Ni particles (10-60 wt.%) embedded into complex oxide matrix (Y- or Sc-stabilized zirconia combined with doped Ce-Zr oxides or perovskites) and promoted by Pt or Tu were synthesized via Pechini and (co)impregnation routes. Samples were characterized by BET, XRD, TEM with EDX, H{sub 2}, C{sub 2}H{sub 5}OH and CH{sub 4} TPR. The catalytic properties of nanocomposite materials were studied in the Sr of CH{sub 4}, ethanol and acetone at intermediate temperatures and short contact times. Performance of best compositions supported as porous strongly adhering layers on several types of heat-conducting substrates was demonstrated to be high and stable in SR (steam reforming) for all types of fuels. (orig.)

  5. Clad metals by roll bonding for SOFC interconnects

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    Chen, L.; Jha, B.; Yang, Zhenguo; Xia, Guang-Guang; Stevenson, Jeffry W.; Singh, Prabhakar

    2006-08-01

    High-temperature oxidation-resistant alloys are currently considered as a candidate material for construction of interconnects in intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells. Among these alloys, however, different groups of alloys demonstrate different advantages and disadvantages, and few, if any, can completely satisfy the stringent requirements for the application. To integrate the advantages and avoid the disadvantages of different groups of alloys, cladding has been proposed as one approach in fabricating metallic layered interconnect structures. To examine the feasibility of this approach, the austenitic Ni-base alloy Haynes 230 and the ferritic stainless steel AL 453 were selected as examples and manufactured into a clad metal. Its suitability as an interconnect construction material was investigated. This paper provides a brief overview of the cladding approach and discusses the viability of this technology to fabricate the metallic layered-structure interconnects.

  6. 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)

  7. 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

  8. Potenzial einer SOFC-APU bei der Verbrauchsoptimierung von Kraftfahrzeugen

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    Diegelmann, Christian

    2008-01-01

    Eine Brennstoffzellen-APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) stellt eine interessante Lösung dar, den steigenden elektrischen Energiebedarf im Fahrzeug effizient abzudecken. In dieser Arbeit werden zunächst Anwendungsmöglichkeiten einer APU identifiziert und Einbindungsmöglichkeiten in das Fahrzeug untersucht. Zur Bestimmung des Einflusses der APU auf den Kraftstoffverbrauch im Fahrzeug werden verschiedene Methoden betrachtet, wobei der Schwerpunkt auf Simulationen mit unterschiedlich detaillierter Bordn...

  9. Durability Study of SOFCs Under Cycling Current Load Conditions

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    Hagen, Anke; Hendriksen, Peter Vang; Frandsen, Henrik Lund;

    2009-01-01

    In fuel cell applications, the cells must be able to withstand varying operating conditions. Anode supported solid oxide fuel cells were tested under cycling current load in order to determine the durability and possibly identify degradation mechanisms. At 750 °C and a cycling between zero and 0.......75 A cm-2, the cell voltage degradation rate was similar to tests with the corresponding high constant current density. However, by analyzing the impedance spectra it was found that anode degradation was becoming more important when going from constant to cycling conditions. Running the cycling load tests...... at 850 °C, the cells degraded similarly as under the corresponding constant current load whereas, in some cases, cells failed mechanically after a few hundred hours. These cells did not experience severe additional degradation due to the cycling of the current density until the point of failure...

  10. 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 Ni....... A Titan E-Cell 80-300ST TEM was used for the in situ work in combination with the chip-based Aduro heating holder from Protochips. Since the chip-based heating holder does not allow internal temperature measurements, and the since the temperature of the chips are only calibrated in vacuum, part...

  11. 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......, such as powder milling and sintering temperature. The strength was measured with the ball-on-ring method, and analyzed with a large displacement finite element model. Weibull statistics were used to describe the distribution of strengths. The influence on the Weibull strength of the many different processing...

  12. Recuperated atmosphere SOFC/gas turbine hybrid cycle

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    Lundberg, Wayne

    2010-08-24

    A method of operating an atmospheric-pressure solid oxide fuel cell generator (6) in combination with a gas turbine comprising a compressor (1) and expander (2) where an inlet oxidant (20) is passed through the compressor (1) and exits as a first stream (60) and a second stream (62) the first stream passing through a flow control valve (56) to control flow and then through a heat exchanger (54) followed by mixing with the second stream (62) where the mixed streams are passed through a combustor (8) and expander (2) and the first heat exchanger for temperature control before entry into the solid oxide fuel cell generator (6), which generator (6) is also supplied with fuel (40).

  13. Temperature and flow distribution in planar SOFC stacks

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    Monica Østenstad

    1995-07-01

    Full Text Available Simulation of a planar Solid Oxide Fuel Cell stack requires the solution of the mass balances of the chemical species, the energy balances, the charge balance and the channel flow equations in order to compute the species concentrations, the temperature distributions, the current density and the channel flows. The unit cell geometry can be taken into account by combining detailed modeling of a unit cell with a homogenized model of a whole stack. In this study the effect of the asymmetric temperature distribution on the channel flows in a conventional cross-flow design has been investigated. The bidirectional cross-flow design is introduced, for which we can show more directional temperature and flow distributions.

  14. 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...

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

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    Knibbe, Ruth; Hjelm, Johan; Menon, Mohan;

    2010-01-01

    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....

  16. Mechanism for SOFC anode degradation from hydrogen sulfide exposure

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    Lussier, A.; Dvorak, J.; Idzerda, Y.U. [Department of Physics, Montana State University, EPS Building, Room 264, Bozeman, MT 59717 (United States); Sofie, S. [Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Montana State University, 201E Roberts Hall, Bozeman, MT 59717 (United States)

    2008-07-15

    Recent results on solid oxide fuel cells with Ni/YSZ and Ni/GDC anodes reveal a mechanism for permanent performance degradation due to hydrogen sulfide exposure. Our results confirm the temporary performance decline observed by others but also reveal a mechanism for the long term permanent degradation. We find that hydrogen sulfide leads to nickel migration and depletion in the anode, thereby compromising electrical conductivity and cell performance. (author)

  17. Control Valve Trajectories for SOFC Hybrid System Startup

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    Gorrell, Megan; Banta, Larry; Rosen, William; Restrepo, Bernardo; Tucker, David

    2012-07-01

    Control and management of cathode airflow in a solid oxide fuel cell gas turbine hybrid power system was analyzed using the Hybrid Performance (HyPer) hardware simulation at the National Energy Technology (NETL), U.S. Department of Energy. This work delves into previously unexplored operating practices for HyPer, via simultaneous manipulation of bypass valves and the electric load on the generator. The work is preparatory to the development of a Multi-Input, Multi-Output (MIMO) controller for HyPer. A factorial design of experiments was conducted to acquire data for 81 different combinations of the manipulated variables, which consisted of three air flow control valves and the electric load on the turbine generator. From this data the response surface for the cathode airflow with respect to bypass valve positions was analyzed. Of particular interest is the control of airflow through the cathode during system startup and during large load swings. This paper presents an algorithm for controlling air mass flow through the cathode based on a modification of the steepest ascent method.

  18. 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.

  19. Stability of Materials in High Temperature Water Vapor: SOFC Applications

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    Opila, E. J.; Jacobson, N. S.

    2010-01-01

    Solid oxide fuel cell material systems require long term stability in environments containing high-temperature water vapor. Many materials in fuel cell systems react with high-temperature water vapor to form volatile hydroxides which can degrade cell performance. In this paper, experimental methods to characterize these volatility reactions including the transpiration technique, thermogravimetric analysis, and high pressure mass spectrometry are reviewed. Experimentally determined data for chromia, silica, and alumina volatility are presented. In addition, data from the literature for the stability of other materials important in fuel cell systems are reviewed. Finally, methods for predicting material recession due to volatilization reactions are described.

  20. Detailed characterization of anode-supported SOFCs by impedance spectroscopy

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    Barfod, R.; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg; Klemensø, Trine;

    2007-01-01

    Anode-supported thin electrolyte cells are studied by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The aim is to describe how the losses of this type of cells are distributed at low current density (around open-circuit voltage) as a function of temperature. An equivalent circuit consisting...