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

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    Liso, Vincenzo

    domestic micro-generation in Denmark and in Europe and to provide detailed model for the system simulation. The study connects system and component level analysis in order to achieve an effective thermal integration for the design of small solid oxide fuel cell systems. Computational models of each system...... 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 on...... overall system energetic performance. In particular a one-dimensional, finite-difference model of a SOFC was generated and verified against other mathematical SOFC models in the literature and a detailed procedure for a supersonic ejector design was provided and validated through a comparison with testing...

  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

    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...

  3. SOFC-based micro-CHP system as an example of efficient power generation unit

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    Kupecki, Jakub; Badyda, Krzysztof

    2011-12-01

    Microscale combined heat and power (CHP) unit based on solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) for distributed generation was analyzed. Operation principle is provided, and the technology development in recent years is briefly discussed. System baseline for numerical analysis under steady-state operation is given. Grid-connected unit, fuelled by biogas corresponds to potential market demand in Europe, therefore has been selected for analysis. Fuel processing method for particular application is described. Results of modeling performed in ASPEN Plus engineering software with certain assumptions are presented and discussed. Due to high system electrical efficiency exceeding 40%, and overall efficiency over 80%, technology is an example of highly competitive and sustainable energy generation unit.

  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. 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

    Energy consumption in residential sector can be considerably reduced by enhancing the efficiency of energy supply. Fuel cell-based residential micro-CHP systems are expected to be one of the most promising technologies because of their high efficiency and low environmental impact. Since the design...... of a 70m2 single-family household with an average number of occupants of 3 is evaluated. Detailed model of the micro-CHP unit coupled with a hot water storage tank and an auxiliary boiler is developed. A transient model of the hot water storage tank is used to take into account the effect of peak...

  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. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. Micro-CHP systems for residential applications

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    Micro-CHP systems are now emerging on the market. In this paper, a thorough analysis is made of the operational parameters of 3 types of micro-CHP systems for residential use. Two types of houses (detached and terraced) are compared with a two storey apartment. For each building type, the energy demands for electricity and heat are dynamically determined. Using these load profiles, several CHP systems are designed for each building type. Data were obtained for two commercially available gas engines, two Stirling engines and a fuel cell. Using a dynamic simulation, including start up times, these five system types are compared to the separate energy system of a natural gas boiler and buying electricity from the grid. All CHP systems, if well sized, result in a reduction of primary energy use, though different technologies have very different impacts. Gas engines seem to have the best performance. The economic analysis shows that fuel cells are still too expensive and that even the gas engines only have a small internal rate of return (<5%), and this only occurs in favourable economic circumstances. It can, therefore, be concluded that although the different technologies are technically mature, installation costs should at least be reduced by 50% before CHP systems become interesting for residential use. Condensing gas boilers, now very popular in new homes, prove to be economically more interesting and also have a modest effect on primary energy consumption

  14. 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...

  15. 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.

  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

    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...... 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......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...

  17. 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.

  18. Effect of swirl on the performance and combustion of a biogas fuelled spark ignition engine

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    Highlights: • Tests were conducted on a biogas fuelled SI engine with normal and masked valve. • Improvement in brake power and brake thermal efficiency with masked valve. • Lean misfire limit is extended with enhanced swirl from 0.68 to 0.65. • Enhanced swirl decreases HC level from1530 ppm to 1340 ppm and increases NO emission from 2250 ppm to 3440 ppm. • The reduction in ignition delay and higher heat release rate with enhanced swirl. - Abstract: The influence of swirl on the performance, emissions and combustion in a constant speed Spark Ignition (SI) engine was studied experimentally. A single cylinder diesel engine was modified to operate as a biogas operated spark ignition engine. The engine was operated at 1500 rpm at throttle opening of 25% and 100% at various equivalence ratios. The tests covered a range of equivalence ratios from rich to lean operating limits and also at an optimum compression ratio of 13:1 with normal and masked intake valve to enhance swirl. The spark timing was set to MBT (Minimum advance for Best Torque). It was found that masked valve configuration enhanced the power output and brake thermal efficiency at full throttle. The lean limit of combustion also got extended. Heat release rates indicated enhanced combustion rates with masked valve, which are mainly responsible for the improvement in thermal efficiency. NO level increased with masked valve as compared to normal configuration. The spark timings were to be retarded by about 6 °CA and 4 °CA when compared to normal configuration at 25% and 100% throttle respectively

  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. Optimal design and operation of a biogas fuelled MCFC (molten carbonate fuel cells) system integrated with an anaerobic digester

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    In this paper, a biogas fuelled hybrid system, obtained by integrating a molten carbonate fuel cell with a micro-turbine is considered. The size of the plant is selected on the basis of the maximum biogas production registered by monitoring the annual operation of an anaerobic digestion plant. The system produces electricity and supplies heat to the digester. Heat is necessary to keep correct operating temperature of the bacteria. A model of the system components is built and the plant optimization is performed. Design parameters are the fuel cell temperature, pressure ratio, inlet turbine temperature, reforming temperature, recirculation percentage, size of the two subsystems. Two competing objective functions are considered: the energy efficiency and the unit cost of electricity. The Pareto front shows that efficiencies close to 50% are obtained, with unit costs comparable with market prices of electricity. The off-design conditions caused by variations in biogas production and thermal request of the digester are also considered. Experimental data from the digester are used to investigate these variations. The optimal operation is selected depending on the daily heat request and biogas production. Possible economic and energy benefits that can be achieved by adding natural gas are also investigated. -- Highlights: ► Multi-objective design of a biogas fuelled MCFC hybrid system. ► Integration of the system with anaerobic digester. ► Experimental analysis of the digester operation. ► Analysis of the optimal system operation during a typical week. ► Evaluation of the effects produced with natural gas addition.

  2. 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.)

  3. Development of Next Generation micro-CHP System

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    Arsalis, Alexandros

    Novel proposals for the modeling and operation of a micro-CHP (combined-heat-andpower) residential system based on HT-PEMFC (High Temperature-Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell) technology are described and analyzed to investigate the technical feasibility of such systems. The proposed systems must...... provide electricity, hot water, and space heating for an average single-family household in Denmark. A complete fuel processing subsystem, with all necessary BOP (balance-of-plant) components, is modeled and coupled to the fuel cell stack subsystem. The research project is divided into five main study...... 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...

  4. 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.

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

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    Scherpen J. M. A.

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available 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.

  6. 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.)

  7. 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

    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...

  8. 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

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

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

    2009-01-01

    Combined-heat-and-power (CHP) technology is a well known and proved method to produce simultaneously power and heat at high efficiencies. This can be further improved by the introduction of a novel micro-CHP residential system based on High Temperature-Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell (HT......-PEMFC). The HT-PEMFC (based on PBI-membrane technology) operates at temperatures near 200oC, and this can be an ideal match for cogeneration residential systems. The proposed system provides electric power, hot water, and space heating for a typical household (1-5 kWe, 5-10 kWth). The micro-CHP system is...

  10. 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...

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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)

  20. Thermodynamic analysis of two micro CHP systems operating with geothermal and solar energy

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    Highlights: ► Two micro CHP ORC plants using solar and low temperature geothermal are presented. ► Three different fluids (R134a, R236fa, R245fa) are investigated. ► R245fa shows the best cycle efficiency; R134a releases the highest heat. ► Solar collectors accounts for nearly 50% of the system exergy destruction. ► Preliminary analysis of CHP performance with R134a in heating season is carried out. -- Abstract: Micro combined heat and power (CHP) plants operating through an organic Rankine cycle (ORC) using renewable energy are analyzed. The reference system is designed to produce 50 kWe. The heat sources of the system are geothermal energy at low temperature (80–100 °C) and solar energy. Two different system layouts, a single and a double stage arrangement, are presented. The first uses a solar field composed only by evacuated solar collectors, and work is produced by a single turbine. In the double-stage system, a field of evacuated solar collectors heats the working fluid up to an intermediate temperature. After this first stage, only a part of the working fluid flow rate is heated in a second solar field, composed of direct-steam parabolic through collectors (PTCs), up to the maximum temperature of the cycle. The mechanical work is then produced in two turbo-expanders arranged in series. For the investigations, different working fluids (e.g. R134a, R236fa, R245fa) are considered. The results of the simulation in terms of efficiencies, heat and electricity production and the main characteristics of the system (i.e. heat exchanger surface, solar collector area) are presented and discussed.

  1. 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 by...

  2. 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.

  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

    for fuel cell-based residential micro-CHP systems, since it can operate at higher temperature than Nafion-based fuel cells, and therefore can reach higher cogeneration efficiencies. The proposed system can provide electric power, hot water, and space heating for a typical Danish single......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......-family household. A complete fuel processing subsystem, with all necessary balance-of-plant components, is modeled and coupled to the fuel cell stack subsystem. The micro-CHP system’s synthesis/ design and operational pattern is analyzed by means of a parametric study. The parametric study is conducted to...

  4. 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)

  5. Micro CHP as a new business model. Trianel distribution system decentralised production; Mikro-BHKW als neues Geschaeftsmodell. Trianel-Netzwerk Dezentrale Erzeugung

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    Nicolai, Michel [Trianel GmbH, Aachen (Germany)

    2013-04-29

    About four years ago, an energy distribution company in Hamburg (Federal Republic of Germany) reported on mini and micro CHP in the media. When it comes to a decentralized production of electricity and heat, however public utilities are the perfect partner: the decentralized power generation in flexible adjustable combined heat and power plants offers the opportunity to provide highly efficient heat and power directly at the place of consumption. In addition, regional and municipal utilities score with the theme mini and micro CHP for their customers due to the support on the way to more energy efficiency.

  6. 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

  7. Development and test of a Stirling engine driven by waste gases for the micro-CHP system

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    In recent years, micro-CHP systems are attracting world attention. As one kind of external heating engines, Stirling engines could be applied to the micro-CHP systems driven by solar, biogas, mid-high temperature waste gases and many other heat sources. The development of a Stirling engine driven by mid-high temperature waste gases is presented first. The thermodynamic design method, the key parameters of the designed Stirling engine and its combustion chamber adapted for waste gases are described in detail. Then the performance test of the Stirling engine is carried out. During the test, the temperature of the heater head is monitored by thermocouples, and the pressure of the working fluid helium in the Stirling engine is monitored by pressure sensors. The relationships among the output shaft power, torque and speed are studied, and the pressure losses of the working fluid in the heat exchanger system are also analyzed. The test results demonstrate that the output shaft power could reach 3476 W at 1248 RPM, which is in good agreement with the predicted value of 3901 W at 1500 RPM. The test results confirm the fact that Stirling engines driven by mid-high temperature waste gases are able to achieve a valuable output power for engineering application. - Highlights: ► A β-type Stirling engine whose output power could reach about 3.5 kW is developed by ourselves. ► Waste gases are used as the heat source to drive the Stirling engine. ► Test on the relationship among the power, torque, and speed are presented. ► The pressure changing process of the working fluid in the heat exchanger system during the test is recorded and analyzed.

  8. Preliminary experimental investigation of a natural gas-fired ORC-based micro-CHP system for residential buildings

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    The continual increases in energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions, call for efficient use of energy resources. Decentralized combined heat and power (CHP) technology provides an alternative for the world to meet and solve energy-related problems including energy shortages, energy supply security, emission control and conservation of energy. This paper presents the preliminary results of an experimental investigation of a natural gas-fired micro-CHP system for residential buildings based on an organic Rankine cycle (ORC). Isopentane was used as the ORC working fluid in consideration of several criteria including its environmentally-friendly characteristics. Experiments were conducted to evaluate the performance of the developed system at different heat source temperatures of nominally 85, 80, 75, 70, and 65 °C. The maximum electrical power output of 77.4 W was generated at heating water entry temperature of 84.1 °C, corresponding to net cycle electrical efficiency of 1.66%. Further work will be done with a view to increasing the cycle electrical efficiency by using more efficient components, in particular the expander and generator. - Highlights: •A natural gas-fired ORC-based micro-scale CHP system has been developed and tested. •The good agreement between the mechanical and gross power validates the assumptions. •A vane expander suits a micro-CHP system based on an organic Rankine cycle. •A vane expander does not suit power generation by a Trilateral Flash Cycle (TFC). •Domestic gas-fired ORC systems may reduce reliance on central power stations

  9. 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...

  10. 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

  11. Micro-CHP for self-supply in the housing industry. Profitability and system integration; Mikro-BHKW zur Eigenversorgung in der Wohnungswirtschaft. Wirtschaftlichkeit und Systemintegration

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    Hollinger, Raphael; Buettner, Markus; Erge, Thomas; Wille-Haussmann, Bernhard; Wittwer, Christof [Fraunhofer-Institut fuer Solare Energiesysteme ISE, Freiburg (Germany)

    2011-07-01

    The use of micro-CHP units in multifamily buildings is particularly profitable if the produced electricity - coupled with the thermal energy production - is used directly by the operator or sold locally. To maximize the share of own consumption the use of thermal storages to operate the CHP at times of high electrical demand is necessary. By conducting a field test it is shown that the share of own consumption can be increased by predictive control of CHP with thermal storages. The approach increases the profitability of the CHP operation under today's conditions as well as the system integration of the CHP electricity. (orig.)

  12. 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

    partial oxidation (CPO) will be investigated for each configuration. The internal reforming will be also considered for its ability to reduce the stack temperature and decrease the need of cooling air. Finally, optimization criteria for SOFC systems applied to single-family detached dwellings will be...

  13. Energetic and Exergetic Analysis of a Heat Exchanger Integrated in a Solid Biomass-Fuelled Micro-CHP System with an Ericsson Engine

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    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available A specific heat exchanger has been developed to transfer heat from flue gas to the working fluid (hot air of the Ericsson engine of a solid biomass-fuelled micro combined heat and power (CHP. In this paper, the theoretical and experimental energetic analyses of this heat exchanger are compared. The experimental performances are described considering energetic and exergetic parameters, in particular the effectiveness on both hot and cold sides. A new exergetic parameter called the exergetic effectiveness is introduced, which allows a comparison between the real and the ideal heat exchanger considering the Second Law of Thermodynamics. A global analysis of exergetic fluxes in the whole micro-CHP system is presented, showing the repartition of the exergy destruction among the components.

  14. Sizing a solar dish Stirling micro-CHP system for residential application in diverse climatic conditions based on 3E analysis

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    Highlights: • 3E analysis was performed on solar CHP systems. • Significant primary energy saving and greenhouse gas reduction were obtained. • The engine was sized so that it had the best economic sound. • Various criteria at different weathers were used for sizing the engine. - Abstract: A solar dish Stirling cogeneration system is considered to provide energy demands of a residential building. As energy demands of the building and output power of the engine are functions of weather condition and solar irradiation flux, the benchmark building was considered to be located in five different cities in Iran with diverse climatic and solar irradiation conditions. The proposed solar dish Stirling micro-CHP system was analyzed based on 3E analysis. The 3E analysis evaluated primary energy saving analysis (energy analysis), carbon dioxide emission reduction (environmental analysis) and payback period for return of investment (economic analysis) and was compared to a reference building that utilized primary energy carriers for its demands. Three scenarios were considered for assessment and sizing the solar dish Stirling engine. In the first scenario, size of the solar dish Stirling engine was selected based on the lowest annual electric power demand while, in second, the highest annual electric power consumption was considered to specify size of the engine. In the third scenario, a solar dish Stirling engine with constant output capacity was considered for the five locations. It was shown that implementing the solar dish Stirling micro-CHP system had good potential in primary energy saving and carbon dioxide emission reduction in all scenarios and acceptable payback period for return of the investment in some scenarios. Finally, the best scenario for selecting size of the engine in each city was introduced using the TOPSIS decision making method. It was demonstrated that, for dry weather, the first scenario was the best while, for hot and humid cities and

  15. Energetic optimization of the performances of a hot air engine for micro-CHP systems working with a Joule or an Ericsson cycle

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    The micro combined heat and electrical power systems (micro-CHP) with hot air engines are well adapted for solid biomass upgrading, in particular, the Ericsson engines working with an open cycle and an external combustion. This paper presents a model of an Ericsson engine with a compression and an expansion cylinder which allows a thermodynamic optimization of the engine performances in a global approach. A sensitive analysis on the influent parameters is carried out in order to determine the optimal working conditions of the engine: temperature and pressure range, expansion cycle shape with a late intake valve closing or an early exhaust valve closing, heat transfers through the wall of the cylinders. This study, focused on thermodynamic aspects, is a first step in the design of an Ericsson engine. -- Highlights: ► A model of Ericsson engine working with a Joule or Ericsson cycle is presented. ► Influent factors on the engine performances are investigated. ► The heat exchanges in the cylinder wall must be avoided to improve the performances. ► Closing the intake valve late and the exhaust valve early enhances the performances. ► Efficiency, indicated mean pressure, specific work are thermodynamically optimized.

  16. 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

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

  18. 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...

  19. 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.

  20. 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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    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 temperatures, as compared to Nafion-based PEMFCs and therefore can be a significant candidate for cogeneration residential systems. The proposed system can provide electric power, hot water, and space heating for a typical Danish single-family household. A complete fuel processing subsystem, with all necessary BOP (balance-of-plant) components, is modeled and coupled to the fuel cell stack subsystem. The micro-CHP system is simulated in LabVIEWTM environment to provide the ability of Data Acquisition of actual components and thereby more realistic design in the future. A part-load study has been conducted to indicate performance characteristics at off-design conditions. The system is sized to provide realistic dimensioning of the actual system. -- Research highlights: → An HT-PEMFC-based micro-CHP system is modeled in LabVIEW to provide a basis for future experimental calculations. → We examine operation in various loads to indicate performance characteristics at off-design conditions. → An electrical efficiency varying from 45.4% (25%-load) to 38.8% (full-load) was calculated. The corresponding total efficiency was around 95.2%.

  1. 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...... as SOFCs. Such membranes can potentially be used in Oxyfuel processes as well as in IGCC (Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle) power plants for supply of process oxygen, which may reduce cost of carbon capture and storage as dilution of the flue gas with nitrogen is avoided. Both technologies are...... 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...

  2. 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

  3. Perovskites synthesis to SOFC anodes

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    Perovskite structure materials containing lanthanum have been widely applied as solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) electrodes, due to its electrical properties. Was investigated the obtain of the perovskite structure LaCr0,5Ni0,5O3, by Pechini method, and its suitability as SOFC anode. The choice of this composition was based on the stability provided by chromium and the catalytic properties of nickel. After preparing the resins, the samples were calcined at 300 deg C, 600 deg C, 700 deg C and 850 deg C. The resulting powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction to determine the existing phases. Furthermore, were performed other analysis, like X-ray fluorescence, He pycnometry, specific surface area by BET isotherm and scanning electronic microscopy (author)

  4. 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...

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Progress in understanding SOFC electrodes

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

    2002-01-01

    electrodes because the data sets are difficult to explain by differences in overall composition and structure. Therefore, we suggest the idea of serious effects of foreign phases due to impurities and/or segregation of cell constituents. Such foreign phases will depend very much on raw material purity 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....

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. Possible Future SOFC - ST Based Power Plants

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    Rokni, Masoud; Scappin, Fabio

    2009-01-01

    Hybrid systems consisting Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) on the top of a Steam Turbine (ST) are investigated. The plants are fired by natural gas. A desulfurization reactor removes the sulfur content in the NG while a pre-reformer break down the heavier hydrocarbons. The pre-treated fuel enters then...... into the anode side of the SOFC. The gases from the SOFC stacks enter into a burner to burn the rest of the fuel. The off-gases now enter into a heat recovery steam generator to produce steam for a Rankine cycle. Different system setups are considered. Cyclic efficiencies up to 67% are achieved which...

  11. 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...

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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...

  15. 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

  16. SOFC: Processes and characteristics of ageing behaviour

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    The high-temperature solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) is convenient for the environmental friendly and efficient conversion of chemical into electric energy. During the last decade the development of planar SOFC stacks with metallic interconnects has made considerable progress in both size and power density. The improvement of durability in long-term operation of planar SOFC components is one of the main fields for stationary applications. Ageing of stacks can be caused by various processes, e.g. corrosion of metallic plates, degradation of ceramic parts and chemical interactions on electrodes/electrolyte or interconnect/electrode interface. Namely, these processes are object of the overview in the present work. The most important characteristics of ageing behavior are subjected to analysis and discussion, as well. Moreover a correlation between ageing process and single cell performance will be given

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Preparation and characterization of SOFC cathode films

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    Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) are being widely studied due to their possible utilization to produce electrical energy in a wide power range (from 1 kW up to few hundreds of kW).The principle of operation of this kind of fuel cells involves reduction of O2 in the cathode oxygen ions (O2-) diffusion of oxygen through the electrolyte and fuel oxidation in the anode.Commercial SOFC must work at temperature higher than to 1000 degree C to enable the O2- diffusion.Therefore, it is necessary to investigate new materials that enable to decrease the operation temperature, improving SOFC performance and cost. La1-xSrxCo1-yFeyO3-δ (LSCF) perovskites are good candidates for SOFC cathodes because these materials present high ionic and electronic conductivity. LSCF cathodes are adequate to fabricate Ce1-xGdxO2-δ electrolyte SOFC due to its low chemical reactivity with this material and its similar thermal expansion coefficient. In this work we present a study of microstructural and electrochemical characteristics of films for SOFC cathodes. La0.4Sr0.6Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ compounds were prepared by the acetate reaction method.Then, cathodes were deposited onto a Ce0.9Gd0.1O2-δ electrolyte disk by dip coating and spray techniques.Structural characterization is made by X-ray diffraction XRD and scanning electron microscopy (SEM).Electrochemical properties are characterized by complex impedance measurements.Finally, the relation between structural characteristics and electrical properties is discussed

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. Detailed Electrochemical Characterisation of Large SOFC Stacks

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

    2012-01-01

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

  3. 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.

  4. Development and durability of SOFC stacks

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    Beeaff, D.; Dinesen, A.R.; Mikkelsen, Lars; Nielsen, Karsten A.; Solvang, M.; Hendriksen, Peter V.

    2004-12-01

    The present project is a part of the Danish SOFC programme, which has the overall aim of establishing a Danish production of SOFC - cells, stacks and systems for economical and environmentally friendly power production. The aim of the present project was to develop and demonstrate (on a small scale, few cells, few thousand hours) a durable, thermally cyclable stack with high performance at 750 deg. C. Good progress towards this target has been made and demonstrated at the level of stack-elements (one cell between two interconnects) or small stacks (3 5 cells). Three different stacks or stack-elements have been operated for periods exceeding 3000 hr. The work has covered development of stack-components (seals, interconnects, coatings, contact layers), establishment of procedures for stack assembly and initiation, and detailed electrical characterisation with the aims of identifying performance limiting factors as well as long term durability. Further, post test investigations have been carried out to identify possible degradation mechanisms. (BA)

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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...

  10. Integrated Gasification SOFC Plant with a Steam Plant

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    Rokni, Masoud; Pierobon, Leonardo

    2011-01-01

    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......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...

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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...

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

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    2007-01-01

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

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

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    Elmer, Theo

    2015-01-01

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

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    Nielsen, Jimmi; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg

    2011-01-01

    The cause of the degradation effect of moisture during operation of LSM cathode based SOFCs has been investigated by means of a detailed impedance characterization on LSM:YSZ composite cathode based SOFCs. Further the role of YSZ as cathode composite material was studied by measurements on SOFCs ...... thus eventually a decomposition of LSM....

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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...... potential ability of the Nb-doped titanates to be used as a part of a SOFC anode. However, the catalytic activity of the materials was not sufficient and it needs to be improved if titanate based materials are to be realized as constituents in SOFC anodes....

  7. 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.

  8. 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...

  9. 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...... off-gases 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. Different systems layouts are considered. Cyclic efficiencies up to 67% are achieved which is considerably higher than the...

  10. 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.

  11. 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...

  12. Corrosion Performance of Ferritic Steel for SOFC Interconnect Applications

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    Ziomek-Moroz, M.; Holcomb, G.R.; Covino, B.S., Jr.; Bullard, S.J.; Jablonski, P.D.; Alman, D.E.

    2006-11-01

    Ferritic stainless steels have been identified as potential candidates for interconnects in planar-type solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) operating below 800ºC. Crofer 22 APU was selected for this study. It was studied under simulated SOFC-interconnect dual environment conditions with humidified air on one side of the sample and humidified hydrogen on the other side at 750ºC. The surfaces of the oxidized samples were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) equipped with microanalytical capabilities. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis was also used in this study.

  13. 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...... efficiency compared with the stand alone Stirling engine or SOFC plant. For the SOFC and Stirling combined configuration, the overall power production has increased by about 10% compared to the stand alone SOFC plant. System efficiencies of about 60% are achieved which is remarkable for such small plant...

  14. 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...... to that of a stand-alone Stirling engine or SOFC plant. For the combined SOFC and Stirling configuration, the overall power production was increased by approximately 10% compared to that of a stand-alone SOFC plant. System efficiencies of approximately 60% are achieved, which is remarkable for such small plant sizes...

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

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    Hauch, Anne; Birkl, Christoph; Brodersen, Karen; Jørgensen, Peter Stanley

    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...

  16. 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...... utilizations. The fuel flow distribution provides important information about the operating limits of the stack when high electrical efficiency is required....

  17. 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...

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. 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

  2. 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)

  3. 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.

  4. 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...... micro structural analysis and electrochemistry, in order to understand fundamental processes in detail and thus being able to improve SOFC/SOEC based on this knowledge....

  5. 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....

  6. 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...

  7. Gradient composite metal-ceramic foam as supportive component for planar SOFCs and MIEC membranes

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    A novel approach to the design of planar gradient porous supports for the thin-film SOFCs and MIEC membranes is described. The support's thermal expansion is controlled by the creation of a two-component composite metal-ceramic foam structure. Thin MIEC membranes and SOFCs were prepared on the composite supports by the layerwise deposition of composite functional layers including complex fluorites and perovskites. Lab-scale studies demonstrated promising performance of both MIEC membrane and SOFC.

  8. In situ Laser Raman Spectroscopy for Investigating SOFC Processes

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    Schiller, Günter; Auer, Corinna; Bessler, Wolfgang; Christenn, Claudia; Ilhan, Zeynep; Szabo, Patric; Ax, Holger; Kapadia , Bhavin K.; Meier, Wolfgang

    2012-01-01

    The application of advanced diagnostic methods for monitoring cell characteristics of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) under real operating conditions can provide detailed information about the spatial distribution of cell properties in order to increase the fundamental understanding and to optimize the operational behavior. At high fuel utilization which is required for achieving high efficiency, strong concentration gradients of the fuel gas can occur which might detrimentally affect both perf...

  9. 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.

  10. 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, ...

  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 t......), zirconia-free anode, in a planar metal-supported SOFC concept is discussed. ©2011 COPYRIGHT ECS - The Electrochemical Society...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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}.

  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. 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.

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. Sulfur Poisoning of SOFC Anodes: Effect of Overpotential on Long-Term Degradation

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    Hauch, Anne; Hagen, Anke; Hjelm, Johan;

    2014-01-01

    Sulfur impurities in carbon containing fuels for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), e.g. natural gas and biogas, typically lead to significant losses in performance due to the sulfur sensitivity of Ni/yttria-stabilized-zirconia (YSZ) anodes for SOFC. Full cells having Ni/YSZ anodes have been characte...

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

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    Holtappels, Peter; Irvine, J.T.S.; Iwanschitz, B.; Kuhn, Luise Theil; Lu, L.Y.; Ma, Q.; Malzbender, J.; Mai, A.; Ramos, Tania; Rass-Hansen, J.; Reddy Sudireddy, Bhaskar; Tietz, F.; Vasechko, V.; Veltzé, Sune; Verbraeken, M.C.

    2013-01-01

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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)

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

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    Kuchonthara, Prapan; Bhattacharya, Sankar; Tsutsumi, Atsushi

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. Radiation heat transfer in SOFC materials and components

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    Damm, David L.; Fedorov, Andrei G.

    Radiative transport within the electrode and electrolyte layers, as well as surface-to-surface radiation within the fuel and oxygen flow channels, has the potential to dramatically influence temperature fields and overall operating conditions of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). On a larger scale, radiation from the stack to the environment, including heat losses through insulation, must be accounted for in the plant design, and is of critical importance for effective thermal management of the high temperature stack. In this report, we discuss the current state-of-the-art and the challenges that remain in understanding, predicting, and quantifying the effects of radiation in SOFC materials and systems. These phenomena are of great interest and importance not only from a fundamental perspective but also from a systems design point of view. Last, but not the least in importance, the determination of radiative properties of the materials involved - either through experimental methods or predictive models - must be an ongoing effort as new materials are continuously being developed.

  13. Development of low temperature SOFC systems for remote power applications

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    Global Thermoelectric Inc. is developing low cost, low temperature (600oC to 700oC) solid oxide fuel cell systems for applications including remote, automotive and residential power generation. Remote power applications in oil and gas and telecommunication markets have been targeted. Kilowatt level SOFC systems complement Global's existing product line of thermoelectric generators which generate up to 550 W. A complete thermally integrated self-standing 1 kW laboratory system has been designed and tested at Global using sulfur-containing natural gas. The system is composed of three main sectors: SOFC stack, integrated module (afterburner, heat exchanger, and fuel processor), and low temperature regenerative heat exchangers. In the integrated module, indirect internal steam reforming at ambient pressure and S/C ratios of 2.0 to 3.5 was accomplished using a nickel/alumina carrier catalyst. The waste heat from the afterburner was used to drive the endothermic steam reforming reaction and further preheat incoming air. Methane conversions approached equilibrium for the test conditions examined. Global's stack development of planar anode-supported cell technology has resulted in a modular sub-stack arrangement complete with integral gas manifolding in each sub-stack. This arrangement allows for flexibility in stack configurations and excellent serviceability. The development of a pre-commercial 3 kW partial oxidation system will also be discussed. (author)

  14. 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.

  15. Liquid-fueled SOFC power sources for transportation

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    Myles, K. M.; Doshi, R.; Kumar, R.; Krumpelt, M.

    Traditionally, fuel cells have been developed for space or stationary terrestrial applications. As the first commercial 200-kW systems were being introduced by ONSI and Fuji Electric, the potentially much larger, but also more challenging, application in transportation was beginning to be addressed. As a result, fuel cell-powered buses have been designed and built, and R&D programs for fuel cell-powered passenger cars have been initiated. The engineering challenge of eventually replacing the internal combustion engine in buses, trucks, and passenger cars with fuel cell systems is to achieve much higher power densities and much lower costs than obtainable in systems designed for stationary applications. At present, the leading fuel cell candidate for transportation applications is, without question, the polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC). Offering ambient temperature start-up and the potential for a relatively high power density, the polymer technology has attracted the interest of automotive manufacturers worldwide. But the difficulties of fuel handling for the PEFC have led to a growing interest in exploring the prospects for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) operating on liquid fuels for transportation applications. Solid oxide fuel cells are much more compatible with liquid fuels (methanol or other hydrocarbons) and are potentially capable of power densities high enough for vehicular use. Two SOFC options for such use are discussed in this report.

  16. Modelling and Fabrication of Micro-SOFC Membrane Structure

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    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

  17. Materials selection for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) systems

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    Because fuel cells, as electrochemical devices, convert fuels such as hydrogen into electricity without combustion they create virtually no pollution and hold the key to future prosperity and a healthy global environment. In recent years, the development and commercialisation of fuel cells systems for different applications is increasing tremendously. A discussion in made, in this paper, upon the benefits obtained from the few potential applications and the future of such devices with a particular, attention being given to design (and operation of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs), nothing the restrictions based on materials requirements and fuel specifications. The materials selection for this kind of fuel cells is very difficult due to the temperature range they operate in. The advantage and limitations, development state, and technical issues for novel materials used in SOFC electrodes, electrolyte and interconnect, that are the subject of a majority of contemporary research, and their properties are reviewed and discussed. A complete scenario is proposed as a competitive energy policy and a step forward to the target of sustainable development. It is emphasised that fuel cells will be a significant contributor within a portfolio of energy sources in the coming 10 to 20 years.(Author)

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

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

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

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

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    Rambabu Bobba

    2006-09-14

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

  20. 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.

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

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    Albrecht, Kevin J.

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

  2. Investigation of porous metallic substrates for plasma sprayed thin-film SOFC

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    For plasma sprayed thin-film SOFCs porous metallic substrates were investigated regarding the required properties. The main essential properties are a sufficient electrical conductivity, a high temperature corrosion resistance and an adapted thermal expansion coefficient with respect to the other SOFC components. Proceeding from these requirements metallic materials such as a porous Cr-ODS alloy (Cr-5Fe-1Y2O3), a stainless steel plate (Fe-18Cr-12Ni-2Mo) and a Ni felt were tested. Additionally, to investigate the metallic substrates and their interaction with the layers of the cells completely plasma sprayed SOFCs were fabricated and electrochemically characterized. (author)

  3. 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.

  4. 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 it...

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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}.

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

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    Linderoth, Søren; Larsen, Peter Halvor; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg; Hendriksen, Peter Vang; Christiansen, N.; Holm-Larsen, H.

    The SOFC technology under development at Risø National Laboratory (RISØ) and Topsoe Fuel Cell A/S (TOFC) is based on an integrated approach ranging from basic materials research on single component level over development of cell and stack manufacturing technology to system studies and modelling....... The effort also comprises an extensive cell and stack testing program. Systems design, development and test is pursued by TOFC in collaboration with various partners. The standard cells are thin and robust with dimensions of 12 x 12 cm2 and cell stacks are based on internal manifolding. Production of...... reduced by introduction of improved stack component materials. 75-cell stacks in the 1+ kW power range have been tested successfully. Stacks have been delivered in a pre-reduced state to partners and tested successfully in test systems with natural gas as fuel. The consortium of TOFC and RISØ has an...

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

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    Gil, Vanesa; Kammer Hansen, Kent

    2014-01-01

    The concept of using highly ionic conducting backbones with subsequent infiltration of electronically conducting particles has widely been used to develop alternative anode-supported SOFC's. In this work, the idea was to develop infiltrated backbones as an alternative design based on cathode-supported...... printed symmetrical cells. Samples with LSM/YSZ composite and YSZ backbones made with graphite+PMMA as pore formers exhibited comparable Rp values to the screen printed LSM/YSZ cathode. This route was chosen as the best to fabricate the cathode supported cells. SEM micrograph of a cathode supported cell...... with infiltrated LSM nanoparticles is shown in Fig. 1. Figure 1. Cross section of LSM infiltrated cathode supported cell. [Formula]...

  11. 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.

  12. 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...... to obtain knowledge of the degradation mechanism, and to identify parameters and characterization tools to improve the cermet. The investigation techniques included direct observations of the microstructure (light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, environmental scanning electron microscopy...... bulk expansion of the cermet structure upon oxidation. The bulk expansion promoted cracking of the electrolyte. The redistribution of the reduced nickel phase was observed to occur as rounding of the particles, and nickel sintering. The degree of sintering depended on the temperature, the composition...

  13. 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.

  14. 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...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Heat and mass transfer analysis intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFC)

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    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) have been considered as next generation energy conversion system due to their high efficiency, clean and quite operation with fuel flexibility. To date, yittria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electrolytes have been mainly used for SOFC applications at high temperatures around 1000 degree C because of their high ionic conductivity, chemical stability and good mechanical properties. However, such a high temperature is undesirable for fuel cell operations in the viewpoint of stability. Moreover, high operation temperature necessitates high cost interconnect and seal materials. Thus, the reduction in the operation temperature of SOFCs is one of the key issues in the aspects of the cost reduction and the long term operation without degradation as well as commercialization of the SOFC systems. With the reducing temperature, not only low cost stainless steels and glass materials can be used as interconnect and sealing materials respectively but the manufacturing technology will also extend. Therefore, the design of complex geometrical SOFC component will also be possible. One way to reduce the operation temperature of SOFC is use of an alternative electrolyte material to YSZ showing acceptable properties at intermediate temperatures (600-800 degree C). As being one of IT-SOFC electrolyte materials, gadolinium doped ceria (GDC) has been taken great deals. In this study, a mathematical model for mass and heat transfer for a single cell GDC electrolyte SOFC system was developed and numerical solutions were evaluated. In order to verify the mathematical model, set of experiments were performed by taking species from four different samples randomly and five various temperature measurements. The numerical results reasonably agree with experimental data

  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. 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。

  20. 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...

  1. 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。

  2. Studies on Perovskite-Based Electrodes for Symmetrical SOFCs

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    Dos Santos García, A. J.

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available The use of the same material as anode and cathode in symmetrical solid oxide fuel cells (SFCs promises notable benefits as easier fabrication, hence lower cost production and resistance to carbon formation upon fuel cracking. Although chromites and chromo-manganites have been proposed as candidate electrode materials for this novel SOFC configuration, demonstrating promising performances, further work is required to develop compositions exhibiting higher efficiencies. In the present work we evaluate the structural evolution from cubic to orthorhombic unit cells with increasing the Fe content and the performance of La4Sr8Ti12-xFexO38-δ (LSTF phases and compare their response with other symmetrical electrodes. The electrochemical performance is 20% higher when using graded LSTF electrodes than in other perovskite-based systems.

    La utilización simultánea de un mismo material cerámico como ánodo y cátodo en pilas de combustible de óxido sólido simétricas (SFCs aporta una serie de beneficios entre los que figura una fabricación más sencilla, reducción de los costes de producción, así como resistencia a la formación de depósitos de carbón por craqueo del combustible. Recientemente, cromitas y cromomanganitas han sido propuestos como materiales capaces de adoptar esta novedosa configuración SOFC y, si bien los resultados obtenidos son prometedores, se requiere de una mayor investigación para el desarrollo de nuevas composiciones que presenten eficiencias más elevadas. En el presente trabajo, se evalúan la evolución de la estructura desde celdas cúbicas a ortorrómbicas al aumentar el contenido en Fe y las prestaciones del sistema La4Sr8Ti12-xFexO38-δ (LSTF y se compara su respuesta con otros electrodos simétricos, observándose que el rendimiento es hasta un 20% mayor en el caso de emplear electrodos LSTF que en

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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)

  8. 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.

  9. Carbonaceous deposits in direct utilization hydrocarbon SOFC anode

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    He, Hongpeng; Vohs, John M.; Gorte, Raymond J.

    Carbonaceous deposits formed in Cu-based SOFC anode compartment by exposing porous YSZ anodes to n-butane at elevated temperatures were studied using a combination of V- I curves, impedance spectroscopy, SEM, and TPO measurements. While short-term exposure of a porous YSZ matrix to n-butane at 973 K resulted in the deposition of electronically conducting carbonaceous film and therefore to enhance the fuel cell performance, the power density decays quickly in n-butane at temperature 1073 K or higher for long-term operation. SEM results indicate that the carbonaceous deposits arising from gas phase reaction have different morphology, and a dense layer composed of poly-aromatic rings has been formed on the porous anode surface. The dense layer could block the penetration of fuels to the anode and ions transfer to the three-phase boundaries where electrochemical reactions occur, resulting in the drop of the power density. TPO measurements revealed that the amount of carbonaceous deposits increased and the type of deposits changed with exposure time to n-butane. The stability of deposits increased with extending the exposure time according to the increased oxidation temperature. Steam can remove the carbonaceous deposits from the porous YSZ anode, but the reaction temperature was severely elevated compared to that of oxygen. The carbonaceous deposits can also be removed at 973 K by steam but the deposition of carbon will be controlled by the speed of removal and formation from the gas phase reaction.

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

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    A novel hybrid power system (∼10 kW) for an average family home is proposed. The system investigated contains a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) on top of a Stirling engine. The off-gases produced in the SOFC cycle are fed to a bottoming Stirling engine, at which additional power is generated. Simulations of the proposed system were conducted using different fuels, which should facilitate the use of a variety of fuels depending on availability. Here, the results for natural gas (NG), ammonia, di-methyl ether (DME), methanol and ethanol are presented and analyzed. The system behavior is further investigated by comparing the effects of key factors, such as the utilization factor and the operating conditions under which these fuels are used. Moreover, the effect of using a methanator on the plant efficiency is also studied. The combined system improves the overall electrical efficiency relative to that of a stand-alone Stirling engine or SOFC plant. For the combined SOFC and Stirling configuration, the overall power production was increased by approximately 10% compared to that of a stand-alone SOFC plant. System efficiencies of approximately 60% are achieved, which is remarkable for such small plant sizes. Additionally, heat is also produced to heat the family home when necessary. - Highlights: • Integrating a solid oxide fuel with a Stirling engine • Design of multi-fuel hybrid plants • Plants running on alternative fuels; natural gas, methanol, ethanol, DME and ammonia • Thermodynamic analysis of hybrid SOFC–Stirling engine plants

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

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    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 deg. 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 deg. C) is significantly lower than that of methane (700-900 deg. 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

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

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    Lin, Po-Hsu; Hong, Che-Wun

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

  13. 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)

  14. 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.

  15. Numerical study on carbon deposition of SOFC with unsteady state variation of porosity

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    Highlights: ► Unsteady two-dimensional SOFC model considering carbon deposition is presented. ► Gas phase chemical reaction kinetics is used to predict carbon deposition molar mass. ► Unsteady variation of anodic porosity and electrical conductivity is considered. ► It is necessary to consider the variation of anodic porosity for SOFCs. -- Abstract: In order to research the failure mechanism of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC), an unsteady state two-dimensional model that considers the carbon deposition is presented. Navier–Stokes (N–S) equations, heat transfer equation, mass transfer equation, electron and ion transport equation are solved by COMSOL 3.5. In the numerical model, with the operating temperature at 800 °C, gas phase chemical reaction kinetics is used to predict the carbon deposition molar mass. Furthermore, the unsteady state variation of anodic porosity and the electrical conductivity that caused by carbon deposition is taken into account. From the numerical results, it can be found that the effect of the variation of anodic porosity on SOFC electronic performance is about 7%. Therefore, it is necessary to consider the variation of anodic porosity when come up against carbon deposition problems of SOFC. The increased inlet water/methane ratio could eliminate carbon deposition, but the current density would decline dramatically.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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 of the...... 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 thermodynamic results. Thermodynamic analysis shows energetic and exergetic efficiencies for optimized plant...

  20. 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)

  1. Modeling the Electrochemistry of an SOFC through the Electrodes and Electrolyte

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    Ryan, Emily M.; Recknagle, Kurtis P.; Khaleel, Mohammad A.

    2011-12-01

    This paper describes a distributed electrochemistry model of the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) electrodes and electrolyte. The distributed electrochemistry (DEC) model solves the transport, reactions, and electric potential through the thickness of the SOFC electrodes. The DEC model allows the local conditions within the electrodes to be studied and allows for a better understanding of how electrochemical and microstructural parameters affect the electrodes. In this paper the governing equations and implementation of the DEC model are presented along with several case studies which are used to investigate the sensitivity of the cathode to the microstructural and electrochemical parameters of the model and to explore methods of improving the electrochemical performance of the SOFC cathode.

  2. 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.

  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. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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)

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

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    Rabbani, Raja Abid; Rokni, Masoud

    2014-01-01

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

  11. 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

  12. 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......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...

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

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    Rokni, Masoud

    2013-01-01

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

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    Rokni, Masoud

    2013-01-01

    Thermodynamic and thermoeconomic investigation of a small scale Integrated Gasification Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) and Stirling engine for combined heat and power (CHP) with a net electric capacity of 120kW have been performed. Woodchips are used as gasification feedstock to produce syngas which is then utilized for feeding the anode side of SOFC stacks. Thermal efficiency of 0.424 LHV for the plant is found to use 89.4kg/h of feedstock for producing 120kW of electricity. Thermoeconomic ana...

  15. Improvement of capabilities of the Distributed Electrochemistry Modeling Tool for investigating SOFC long term performance

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    Gonzalez Galdamez, Rinaldo A.; Recknagle, Kurtis P.

    2012-04-30

    This report provides an overview of the work performed for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) modeling during the 2012 Winter/Spring Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). A brief introduction on the concept, operation basics and applications of fuel cells is given for the general audience. Further details are given regarding the modifications and improvements of the Distributed Electrochemistry (DEC) Modeling tool developed by PNNL engineers to model SOFC long term performance. Within this analysis, a literature review on anode degradation mechanisms is explained and future plans of implementing these into the DEC modeling tool are also proposed.

  16. 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)

  17. 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.

  18. 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....

  19. 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

  20. Simulation of micro-CHP diffusion by means of System Dynamics

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    This paper presents a simulation analysis with System Dynamics of the possible diffusion of micro-systems for combined heat-power generation (μ-CHP) as a substitute for centralised electricity generation and local boilers in the residential sector. Decentralised energy production is an important challenge in the 21st century to respond to the threats of exhaustion of non-renewable resources, and of global pollution. The purpose of the System Dynamics modelling is to show the difficulties μ-CHP faces, like most innovative technologies, mainly due to its high investment costs. Feedbacks are important in modelling the diffusion process of this technology and the fundamental aspect of learning effects on the cost decrease. The consumer model is based on the replacement of traditional boilers by μ-CHP installations using the Bass diffusion model. It is shown that natural economic forces are probably not sufficient to achieve a sustained growth. Several incentive schemes to be implemented by the regulatory authorities are investigated to promote this technology

  1. A thermodynamic criterion for selection of working fluid for subcritical and supercritical domestic micro CHP

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    Mikielewicz, Dariusz; Mikielewicz, Jarosław

    2010-01-01

    Abstract A thermodynamic criterion for selection of a fluid both for subcritical and supercritical organic Rankine cycle has been proposed. Theoretical performances of few fluids have been comparatively assessed for use in low-temperature domestic organic Rankine cycle micro systems. Of 20 fluids investigated, ethanol, R123 and R141b appear as the most suitable for small scale domestic CHP applications.

  2. A thermodynamic criterion for selection of working fluid for subcritical and supercritical domestic micro CHP

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    A thermodynamic criterion for selection of a fluid both for subcritical and supercritical organic Rankine cycle has been proposed. Theoretical performances of few fluids have been comparatively assessed for use in low-temperature domestic organic Rankine cycle micro systems. Of the 20 fluids investigated, ethanol, R123 and R141b appear as the most suitable for small scale domestic CHP applications.

  3. Micro CHP module with Stirling engine: tests and market introduction; Mikro-KWK-Modul mit Stirlingmotor

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    Baumueller, A.

    2002-07-01

    This article describes a small combined heat and power (CHP) module based on a stationary Stirling engine with a 2 - 9 kW electrical and a 8 - 24 kW thermal rating. Its associated gas burner is also described. The article reviews the history of the development of this CHP module and describes how the Stirling engine works. The advantages offered by the Stirling engine in comparison with conventional engines in terms of low maintenance requirements and low emissions of pollutants are discussed. The design of the module and its integration into heating systems are examined. Tests with 30 units providing a total of 150,000 hours of operation are discussed. Production facilities and market introduction activities are briefly described.

  4. 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)

  5. 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...

  6. 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) on...

  7. 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.

  8. 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...

  9. 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;

    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...

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

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    Blennow Tullmar, Peter; Reddy Sudireddy, Bhaskar; Persson, Åsa Helen; Nielsen, Jimmi; Sachitanand, R.; Froitzheim, J.

    2013-01-01

    Metal-supported solid oxide fuel cells are candidates for the next generation of SOFCs. However, the cell design with an FeCr/YSZbased anode backbone suffers from corrosion when the cells are run at high fuel utilization, which limits the long term durability. In this work, new infiltration coati...

  11. 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.

  12. 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...

  13. 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)

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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

  1. Performance analysis of a co-generation system using solar energy and SOFC technology

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    Highlights: • A new concept of a cogeneration system is proposed and investigated. • The system comprises solar collector, PV, SOFC and heat exchanger. • 83.6% Power and heat generation efficiency has been found at fuel cell mode. • 85.1% Efficiency of SOSE has been found at H2 production mode. • The heat to power ratio of SOFC mode has been found about 0.917. - Abstract: Due to the increasing future energy demands and global warming, the renewable alternative energy sources and the efficient power systems have been getting importance over the last few decades. Among the renewable energy technologies, the solar energy coupling with fuel cell technology will be the promising possibilities for the future green energy solutions. Fuel cell cogeneration is an auspicious technology that can potentially reduce the energy consumption and environmental impact associated with serving building electrical and thermal demands. In this study, performance assessment of a co-generation system is presented to deliver electrical and thermal energy using the solar energy and the reversible solid oxide fuel cell. A mathematical model of the co-generation system is developed. To illustrate the performance, the system is considered in three operation modes: a solar-solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) mode, which is low solar radiation time when the solar photovoltaic (PV) and SOFC are used for electric and heat load supply; a solar-solid oxide steam electrolyzer (SOSE) mode, which is high solar radiation time when PV is used for power supply to the electrical load and to the steam electrolyzer to generate hydrogen (H2); and a SOFC mode, which is the power and heat generation mode of reversible SOFC using the storage H2 at night time. Also the effects of solar radiation on the system performances and the effects of temperature on RSOFC are analyzed. In this study, 100 kW electric loads are considered and analyzed for the power and heat generation in those three modes to evaluate the

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

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

  3. Untersuchungen zur oxidationsbedingten Lebensdauer von Chromstählen für die Anwendung in der Hochtemperaturbrennstoffzelle (SOFC)

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    Ertl, Sophie Therese

    2006-01-01

    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 s...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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.)

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

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    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

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

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

    2009-07-01

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

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

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

    2014-11-01

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

  10. 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

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

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

    2011-02-15

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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。

  15. 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...

  16. Study of SOFC Operational Behavior by In-Situ Laser Raman Spectroscopy

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    Schiller, Günter; Auer, Corinna; Bessler, Wolfganf; Christenn, Claudia; Ilhan, Zeynep; Szabo, Patric; Ax, Holger; Kapadia, Bhavin; Meier, Wolfgang

    2011-01-01

    The application of advanced diagnostic methods for monitoring cell characteristics of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) under real operating conditions can provide detailed information about the spatial distribution of cell properties in order to increase the fundamental understanding and to optimize the operational behavior. At high fuel utilization which is required for achieving high efficiency, strong concentration gradients of the fuel gas can occur which might detrimentally affect both perf...

  17. SOFC-Brennstoffzellen-Kraftwerke für die dezentrale elektrische Energieversorgung

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    Fogang Tchonla, Etienne

    2012-01-01

    Die Brennstoffzellentechnologie allgemein und insbesondere der SOFC-Zellentyp stellt für die dezentrale Energieversorgung eine zukünftige Schlüsselrolle dar. Obwohl bei der Untersuchung nur die elektrische Energiegewinnung betrachtet wurde, wird auch die Wärmenutzung dazu beitragen, diese Technologie voranzutreiben. Nach der Marktliberalisierung der elektrischen Energieversorgung stellt die dezentrale Netzanbindung von Brennstoffzellenanlagen eine Herausforderung an die Netzbetreiber. Sie müs...

  18. 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.

  19. 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...

  20. 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.

  1. 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...

  2. Microstructure degradation of LSM-YSZ cathode in SOFCs operated at various conditions

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    Liu, Yi-Lin; Thydén, Karl Tor Sune; Chen, Ming; Hagen, Anke

    2012-01-01

    Systematic microstructural analyses have been carried out on a series of technological SOFCs that went through long-term cell tests with various operating parameters including temperature, current load and time length under current. For the LSM-YSZ cathode, a number of microstructure degradation ...... processes at this temperature, such as grain coarsening and element diffusion. The cell degrades mildly with a cell voltage degradation rate of 7 mV/1000 h....

  3. 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).

  4. Theoretical and experimental analysis of high temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC)

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    Restuccia, Giulio

    2008-01-01

    The technology of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) at high temperature represents a particularly promising solution in the realization of innovative systems for energetic conversion at high efficiency, in particular for systems destined to the distributed energetic production on small-medium scale. In such ambit has been carried out a theoretical analysis for the development of a one-dimensional simulation model of a solid oxide fuel cell stack, capable to predict the course and the variatio...

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

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    Yong HAO; Goodwin, David G.

    2007-01-01

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

  6. Numerical investigation of the air flow through a bundle of IP-SOFC modules

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    Haberman, B.A.; Young, J.B. [Hopkinson Laboratory, Engineering Department, Cambridge University, Cambridge CB2 1PZ (United Kingdom)

    2005-12-01

    The integrated-planar solid oxide fuel cell (IP-SOFC) consists of ceramic modules which have electrochemical cells printed on the outer surfaces. The cathodes are the outermost layer of each cell and are supplied with oxygen from air flowing over the outside of each module. The anodes are in direct contact with the ceramic structure and are supplied with fuel from internal gas channels. An IP-SOFC power plant will contain many modules closely packed together in an array inside a pressure vessel. The air flow is also used to cool the modules. This paper describes a three-dimensional numerical method for simulating the air flow. It uses an explicit time-marching scheme that incorporates a preconditioning method to increase the rate of numerical convergence at low flow velocities. The numerical method is used to simulate the air flow through an array of IP-SOFC modules. The scheme is straightforward to implement and can predict the recirculating flows existing between the modules within an array. The calculation procedure is used to investigate the effect of different sized gaps between modules on the local heat and mass transfer coefficients. The results show the effect of the module arrangement on the flow field and how increasing the gap between modules improves the heat and mass transfer at the module surfaces. (author)

  7. Simulation and Parametric Analysis of a Hybrid SOFC-Gas Turbine Power Generation System

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    Combined SOFC-Gas Turbine Power Generation Systems are aimed to increase the power and efficiency obtained from the technology of using high temperature fuel cells by integrating them with gas turbines. Hybrid systems are considered in the last few years as one of the most promising technologies to obtain electric energy from the natural gas at very high efficiency with a serious potential for commercial use. The use of high temperature allows internal reforming for natural gas and thus disparity of fuel composition is allowed. Also air preheating is performed thanks to the high operating cell temperature as a task of energy integration. In this paper a modeling approach is presented for the fuel cell-gas turbine hybrid power generation systems, to obtain the sofc output voltage, power, and the overall hybrid system efficiency. The system has been simulated using HYSYS, the process simulation software to help improving the process understanding and provide a quick system solution. Parametric analysis is also presented in this paper to discuss the effect of some important SOFC operating parameters on the system performance and efficiency

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

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    Mohamed M. El Gohary

    2015-06-01

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

  9. 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

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

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    Jifeng Zhang; Jean Yamanis

    2007-09-30

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

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

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    Sezer, Hayri

    The Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) is a good alternative for clean and efficient power generation. These cells can be operated directly on a wide variety of fuels including biogas, hydrocarbon fuels and synthesized coal gas (syngas), which is a promising avenue for utilization of coal with much less environmental impact. One of the challenges in this technology is poisoning of SOFC anodes by trace impurities contained in coal syngas. One such impurity, phosphine is known to cause catastrophic failure of SOFC anode even at models are developed to predict the typical degradation behaviors observed in SOFC anode due to phosphine by extension of an in-house one-dimensional computational code. This model is first used to predict the effect of steam concentration on phosphine induced degradation in anode supported SOFCs. The model is refined based on the experimental observation, which indicate that the phosphine degradation is less severe in the absence of steam. 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

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

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

    2010-09-15

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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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

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    Kuhn, Bernd Josef

    2008-08-25

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

  17. Intermediate-temperature operation of solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs) with thin film proton conductive electrolyte

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    Kariya, T.; Uchiyama, K.; Tanaka, H.; Hirono, T.; Kuse, T.; Yanagimoto, K.; Henmi, M.; Hirose, M.; Kimura, I.; Suu, K.; Funakubo, H.

    2015-12-01

    A novel solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) structure, which is fabricated on a Pd-plated porous stainless steel substrate, was proposed for low-temperature SOFC operation. The surface of the substrate was covered with Pd layer without any pores, which reduces the difficulty of depositing thin film electrolyte on the porous substrate. A 1.2-μm thick proton conductive Sr(Zr0.8Y0.2)O3-δ (SZYO) layer and the cathode of a 100-nm thick (La0.6Sr0.4)(Co0.2Fe0.8)O3-δ (LSCF) layer were deposited on the Pd-plated substrates by the pulsed laser deposition (PLD) method. The low temperature operations at 400 and 450 °C were demonstrated with proposed SOFC cells.

  18. 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.

  19. 250 kWe class atmospheric Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) combined heat and power (CHP) power plant installation and operation

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    The 250 kWe SOFC/CHP system was designed as the first pre-commercial demonstration of Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation's (SWPC) atmospheric-pressure SOFC technology. This integrated package combining fuel cell and heat recovery, was predicted to deliver electrical-generation efficiencies above 45% and total energy efficiency with heat recovery approaching 80%. SOFC technologies are widely heralded as the state-of-the art in stationary power generation. High electrical conversion efficiencies (up to a potential of 70% in pressurized hybrid units), very low emissions, virtually solid state (few moving parts), and high exhaust-heat recovery make SOFCs very desirable as distributed generation technologies. With their tubular technology, SWPC is recognized as the world leader in SOFC stationary systems designed for distributed generation applications. (author)

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

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

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    Graphical abstract: FESEM micrographs of the fresh fracture surfaces for the La0.80Sr0.20Cr0.92Co0.08O3 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 oC for 4 h. Highlights: → 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 (LaCrO3) 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 La0.80Sr0.20Cr0.92Co0.08O3 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 oC for 4 h leading to relatively dense materials.

  3. Impedance Spectroscopy Study of an SDC-based SOFC with High Open Circuit Voltage

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    Highlights: • Developed an improved circuit model considering an inter-diffusion layer for a novel ceria-based SOFC. • Elucidated the effect of inter-diffusion layer on ion diffusion, electron blocking, and catalyst activity. • Separated polarization loss into three sub-processes for ceria-based SOFC. • Identified several physicochemical processes via characteristic frequencies. - Abstract: A relatively high open circuit voltage (OCV) of 1.047 V at 600 °C was reported recently for a cell based on a BaZr0.1Ce0.7Y0.1Yb0.1O3–δ(BZCYYb)-NiO anode-supported thin SDC electrolyte, demonstrating a peak power density of 0.50 W/cm2. In this study, an equivalent circuit model was developed for interpreting the behavior of this SDC-based SOFC. The mechanism behind the high OCV and the corresponding high peak power density were elucidated via separating the polarization processes and the corresponding characteristic frequencies, especially those for oxygen ion diffusion through the interlayer at the anode/electrolyte interface. Theoretical analysis and data fitting based on the presented circuit model indicate that the inter-diffusion layer between Ni-BZCYYb and SDC effectively suppresses electronic conduction while maintaining the catalytic activity and ionic conductivity. More importantly, careful analysis of the characteristic frequencies offers a powerful approach to assigning a specific part of the impedance data (e.g., an impedance arc or loop) to the corresponding physicochemical process. Further, any sharp change in the characteristic frequency for a physicochemical process also reflects a change in the inherent nature of that process under the testing conditions. Once validated by more experimental results under a broader range of testing conditions, the presented equivalent circuit model, in turn, may be used to predict fuel cell performances and optimize the operating conditions

  4. 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.

  5. Technical development and economic valuation of new cooling methods for planar solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC)

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    A great potential exists for the use of the solid oxide fuel cell technology based on the planar cell design concept. Besides its application as power provider there is a need to supply process heat in the temperature range of 200 to 1200 C for commercial and industrial decentralized facilities. The present study is concerned with the technical development and economic valuation of plant concepts of new fuel cell cooling methods. They can be considered as an alternative to the normal convective cell cooling with air. Besides experimental studies on the natural gas reforming with the SOFC special attention is paid to the process analysis of the power plant carried out with the simulating program PROII. The 200 kWe SOFC is linked with peripheral components such as prereformer, heat exchangers, compressors etc. Developed program subroutine serve to calculate the electrical power output of the fuel cell, the investment costs and the costs of electricity. The study shows clearly that a radiative cell cooling device on basis of an external arranged vaporizer has economic benefits in comparison with the normal air cooling. In this case the possibility is given to run the fuel cell with completely prereformed natural gas. When the internal methane reforming is carried out in excess of the electrochemical demand for hydrogen and carbon monoxide respectively a further cost reduction potential is given. The produced synthesis gas can be used in alternative to the production of power in a gas turbine to supply process steam in the temperature range of 200 to 1200 C. Sensitivity analyses show that a successive use of optimization potentials (e.g. anode structure and operating parameters of the SOFC) leads to a further reduction of the costs of electricity. In the best case the achieved costs of 12 to 13 Pf/kWh are in a range achieved by CHP plants based on engines. (orig.)

  6. 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...

  7. Diffusion and Protecting Barrier Layers in a Substrate Supported SOFC Concept

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    Franco, Thomas; Ruckdäschel, Robert; Lang, Michael; Schiller, Günter; Szabo, Patric

    2006-01-01

    High temperature fuel cells of SOFC type as direct converter of chemical into electrical en-ergy show a high potential for reducing considerably the specific energy consumption in different application fields. Of particular interest are advanced light-weight planar cells for electricity supply systems in cars and other mobile systems. Such cells, in one current de-sign, consist mainly of metallic parts, e.g. of ferrite steels. These cells shall operate in the temperature range of 700 to 800°C...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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)

  12. 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。

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

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    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.

  14. Numerical analysis of mass and heat transport in proton-conducting SOFCs with direct internal reforming

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    Highlights: • Computationally efficient numerical model for H-SOFCs. • Model is validated with two sets of experimental data for H2O–H2 inlet mixtures. • Novel electrochemical model to represent charge transfer. • Temperature profiles, species transport, and electrochemistry are studied. • The effect of anode zoning is investigated. - Abstract: A computational model to investigate proton-conducting Solid-Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) with direct internal reforming is developed. The numerical framework employs a 42-step elementary heterogeneous mechanism for Ni catalysts, using mean-field approximation. Mass transport through the porous media is described by the dusty gas model (DGM). Electrochemical parameters are deduced by reproducing two sets of experimental data, via the non-linear Butler–Volmer equation. A simple 1-D energy balance model is used to predict temperature profiles. The performance of the cell is analyzed by assuming the co-flow planar cell to be adiabatic. Simulations are carried out to understand the influence of various operating conditions on temperature distribution, species transport, and electrochemistry in the cell. The effect of dividing the anode into four zones, with different specific catalytic areas, on macroscopic performance parameters is investigated

  15. 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)

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

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    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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.)

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

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

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    Kanhu Charan Bhuyan

    2013-01-01

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

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

    2011-05-28

    The microstructures and spatial distributions of constituent elements at the anode in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) have been characterized by analytical transmission electron microscopy (TEM). High resolution TEM observations demonstrate two different types of superstructure formation in grain interiors and at grain boundaries. Energy-filtered TEM elemental imaging qualitatively reveals that mixture zones exist at metal-ceramic grain boundaries, which is also quantitatively verified by STEM energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. It was apparent that both metallic Ni and the rare-earth elements Ce/Gd in gadolinium-doped ceria can diffuse into each other with equal diffusion lengths (about 100 nm). This will lead to the existence of mutual diffusion zones at grain boundaries, accompanied by a change in the valence state of the diffusing ions, as identified by electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS). Such mutual diffusion is believed to be the dominant factor that gives rise to superstructure formation at grain boundaries, while a different superstructure is formed at grain interiors, as a consequence solely of the reduction of Ce(4+) to Ce(3+) during H(2) treatment. This work will enhance the fundamental understanding of microstructural evolution at the anode, correlating with advancements in sample preparation in order to improve the performance of SOFC anodes. PMID:21494741

  6. A study of carbon formation and prevention in hydrocarbon-fueled SOFC

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    Kim, T.; Liu, G.; Boaro, M.; Lee, S.-I.; Vohs, J. M.; Gorte, R. J.; Al-Madhi, O. H.; Dabbousi, B. O.

    The formation and removal of the carbonaceous deposits formed by n-butane and liquid hydrocarbons, such as n-decane and proprietary light and heavy naphthas, between 973 and 1073 K on YSZ and ceria-YSZ, has been studied to determine conditions for stable operation of direct-utilization SOFC. First, it is shown that deactivation of SOFC with Cu-ceria-YSZ anodes operating on undiluted n-decane, a mixture of 80% n-decane and 20% toluene, or light naphtha at temperatures above 973 K is due to filling of the pores with polyaromatic compounds formed by gas-phase, free-radical reactions. Formation of these compounds occurs at a negligible rate below 973 K but increases rapidly above this temperature. The rate of formation also depends on the residence time of the fuel in the anode compartment. Because steam does not participate in the gas-phase reactions, carbonaceous deposits could form even at a H 2O:C ratio of 1.5, a value greater than the stability threshold predicted by thermodynamic calculations. Temperature programmed oxidation (TPO) measurements with 20% H 2O in He demonstrated that carbon deposits formed in pure YSZ were unreactive below 1073 K, while deposits formed on ceria-YSZ could be removed at temperatures as low as 923 K. Based on these results, we discuss strategies for avoiding carbon formation during the operation of direct-utilization anodes on oil-based liquid fuels.

  7. 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)

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

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    Stimming, U.

    1997-05-12

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

  9. 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)

  10. 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.

  11. 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...

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

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    Ramos, Tania; Bernuy-Lopez, Carlos; Reddy Sudireddy, Bhaskar; Bentzen, Janet Jonna; Zhang, Wei; Jørgensen, Peter Stanley; Kuhn, Luise Theil

    2012-01-01

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

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

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    Blennow Tullmar, Peter; Reddy Sudireddy, Bhaskar; Persson, Åsa Helen; Klemensø, Trine; Nielsen, Jimmi; Thydén, Karl Tor Sune

    2013-01-01

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

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

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    Hofmann, P.; Schweiger, A.; Fryda, L.;

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents the results from a 150 h test of a commercial high temperature single planar solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) operating on wood gas from the Viking two-stage fixed-bed downdraft gasifier, which produces an almost tar-free gas, that was further cleaned for particulates, sulphur and...

  15. 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 (

  16. 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

  17. Ba1-xSrxCoyFe1-yO3-delta SOFC cathode materials : bulk properties, kinetics and mechanism of oxygen reduction

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    Wang, Lei

    2009-01-01

    This work is mainly concerned with the mixed conducting perovskite solid solution materials family Ba1-xSrxCoyFe1-yO3-delta (BSCF) which is discussed as solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) cathode material. The aim is to get an improved understanding of the complex oxygen reduction reaction on such oxides in general, and in particular for the application as catalytically active cathode in SOFC. As a SOFC cathode candidate, the stability of BSCFs with regard to the application was first studied o...

  18. 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

    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...... 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...

  19. 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...... that the introduction of humidity affected the cell voltage under polarization of the cell and that this effect was (at least partly) reversible upon switching off the humidity, probably related to a segregation of impurities towards the three phase boundary in the presence of humidity. Generally, the...... studied cells 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...

  20. 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.

  1. ELECTRODOS AVANZADOS PARA PILAS DE COMBUSTIBLE DE ÓXIDO SÓLIDO (SOFCs)

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    Vert Belenguer, Vicente Bernardo

    2012-01-01

    Las celdas de combustible de óxido sólido (cuyo acrónimo en inglés es SOFC) son dispositivos energéticos capaces de convertir la energía química de un combustible directamente en energía eléctrica. Esto las dota de unas eficiencias eléctricas muy elevadas, que pueden llegar a ser del 80% si se aprovecha su calor residual de alta calidad mediante turbinas. Además, son capaces de funcionar con una gran variedad de combustibles: hidrógeno, gas natural, gas de síntesis, etanol, metanol, etc. Sin ...

  2. Mechanical Behaviour of Glassy Composite Seals for IT-SOFC Application

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    Nielsen, Karsten Agersted; Solvang, Mette; Nielsen, Sofie Birkedal Lund; Beeaff, Dustin

    2007-01-01

    Glass-based sealants have been developed with emphasis on filler material and surface treatment of the sealing components in order to optimise their mechanical and functional behaviour during the initial sealing process as well as during thermal cycling of the SOFC-stack after exposure to operating...... conditions. The bonding strength and microstructure of the interfaces between composite seals and interconnect materials were investigated as a function of surface treatment of the sealing surfaces, glass matrix composition, sealing pressure and temperature. The initial sealing performance and resistance to...... thermal cycling were then investigated on selected combinations of materials after ageing. Strongest bonding between sodium aluminosilicate glass composite and steel surfaces was obtained for sealing at 850°C. For the strongest interface, having shear strength of 2.35 MPa, rupture occurred in the glass...

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Risoe activity within the CEC SOFC programme: Measurement of internal stresses by neutron diffraction

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    The objective was to design, fabricate and test a neutron diffraction equipment for measurements of internal stresses in SOFC components with high spatial resolution, and use the best suited equipment to measure internal stresses in SOFC components from other participants in the programme. Two different geometries and two different materials (Al2Ox and YSZ) were examined in order to investigate: the diffracted intensity as related to the diffracting volume, the diffracted intensity as related to the position of the sample relative to the slit arrangement, and the accuracy of the strain measurement. It was found that the beam collimation by two pairs of double slits increases and the diffraction efficiency decreases with decreased slit width, the diffracting volume is fairly well defined by the two pairs of double slits, and the accuracy in the determination of the internal stresses is adequate. With the equipment for high spatial resolution it is possible to measure lattice spacing in volumes of YSZ down to 1-10 mm3. Residual strains were measured for NiO, LSM and YSZ of a planar Risoe 3-layer cell (anode NiO/YSZ, electrode YSZ, cathode LMS/YSZ). Each layer was 42 by 42 by 0.1 mm. Slit widths from 10 to 20 mm were used. The best suited equipment was a combination of Soller slits (thin, neutron absorbing, parallel plates) and a double slit for both the incident and the diffracted beam. The measured residual strains for the components of the cell are: 300x10-6 (tension) for NiO, 700x10-6 (tension) for LSM and less than 450x10-6 (compression) for YSZ. (AB)

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

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    Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, Maria; Surgenor, Angela D.

    2007-01-01

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

  9. 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...... component models in the simulation tool DNA. By introducing an adiabatic methanation reactor prior to the SOFCs, the excess air flow for SOFC cooling could be reduced due to additional endothermic reforming reactions internally in the SOFCs, thus lowering the air compressor work. Installing an adiabatic...... 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...

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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

    A 1 kWe micro combined heat and power (CHP) system based on high temperature proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) technology is modeled and optimized by formulation and application of a process integration methodology. The system can provide heat and electricity for a singlefamily household...

  13. Development and field test of a SOLO 161 Stirling engine based micro-CHP unit with ultra-low emissions

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    Paalsson, Magnus [Lund Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Heat and Power Engineering

    2001-07-01

    For the last decade, work has been made at Lund University, Sweden, on developing a new sort of natural gas combustion chamber for the V160/SOLO 161 Stirling. It is a lean premix combustion chamber with internal combustion gas recirculation and a metallic flame holder for flame stabilisation, and it has produced extremely low emissions that are comparable to the emissions of catalytic combustion. The combustion chamber is considered ready for market introduction by the end of 2001. To combine the task of adapting this combustor for the market with the need to demonstrate small-scale Stirling engine CHP technology, a project has been started with the purpose to demonstrate and evaluate the operation of a Stirling engine unit based on the SOLO 161 Stirling engine equipped with the Lund combustion chamber. The evaluation program should give information regarding operation costs, efficiencies, emissions and running characteristics. In November 2000 the engine was transferred from the Lund University laboratory to its final location in Gothenburg. The engine is now installed and all necessary adaptation of engine, gas system and water heating system is made. The unit is running unattended in normal everyday operation. Current operating time is approx. 1200 hours, and delivered electric output is approx. 6000 kWh (July 2001)

  14. 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)

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

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    Lenz, B.

    2007-01-25

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

  16. 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)

  17. 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.

  18. Thermo-fluid and electrochemical modeling of a multi-bundle IP-SOFC - Technology for second generation hybrid application

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    This paper describes an electrochemical model, which studies the performance of multi-bundles integrated-planar solid oxide fuel cell (IP-SOFC strip) fuelled by pure hydrogen. Following a description of the basic geometries and general premises the approaches and simplifications for the calculation of ohmic resistance, gas flow, heat and mass transfers are given. The effect of fuel pressure ratio and the temperature variation are investigated in a parameter study. The model results have been validates well with experimental data obtained from a full-size prototype of IP-SOFC technology for the second generation hybrid application; it is found that the ohmic and cathode activation overpotentials represent a major loss in fuel cell voltage. The results obtained from both strips also demonstrated acceptable performance and good reproducibility bundles to bundles at 900 deg. C. These results indicated weak effect of parameter variation on the bundles to bundles performances.

  19. Thermo-fluid and electrochemical modeling of a multi-bundle IP-SOFC - Technology for second generation hybrid application

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    Mounir, H. [L2MCS - Laboratoire de Mecanique des Materiaux et Calcul des Structures de l' ENSET de Rabat, ENSET-Rabat, B.P. 6207, Av. Armee Royale, Badinat Al Irfane Rabat (Morocco); Laboratoire de Thermodynamique et Mecaniques des Materiaux, Faculte des Sciences de Rabat (Morocco); El Gharad, A. [L2MCS - Laboratoire de Mecanique des Materiaux et Calcul des Structures de l' ENSET de Rabat, ENSET-Rabat, B.P. 6207, Av. Armee Royale, Badinat Al Irfane Rabat (Morocco); Belaiche, M. [Laboratoire Magnetisme, Materiaux Magnetiques, Micro-onde et ceramique, Ecole normale superieure, BP 9235, Ocean Rabat 1000 (Morocco); Boukalouch, M. [Laboratoire de Thermodynamique et Mecaniques des Materiaux, Faculte des Sciences de Rabat (Morocco)

    2009-10-15

    This paper describes an electrochemical model, which studies the performance of multi-bundles integrated-planar solid oxide fuel cell (IP-SOFC strip) fuelled by pure hydrogen. Following a description of the basic geometries and general premises the approaches and simplifications for the calculation of ohmic resistance, gas flow, heat and mass transfers are given. The effect of fuel pressure ratio and the temperature variation are investigated in a parameter study. The model results have been validates well with experimental data obtained from a full-size prototype of IP-SOFC technology for the second generation hybrid application; it is found that the ohmic and cathode activation overpotentials represent a major loss in fuel cell voltage. The results obtained from both strips also demonstrated acceptable performance and good reproducibility bundles to bundles at 900 C. These results indicated weak effect of parameter variation on the bundles to bundles performances. (author)

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

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

    2002-11-24

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

  1. 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.

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

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

    cells with Ni:CGO infiltrated metal based cermet anode with respect to temperature and water dependency has been reported [2-3]. Fig. 1 shows a Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) image of the infiltrated Ni:CGO nano particles. In the present paper we report a more detailed impedance characterization of......A novel anode for metal supported solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) based on infiltration of Ni:CGO nano-sized particles on a metal based backbone was recently demonstrated on single cell level to show excellent performance and durability [1]. A degradation rate of 0.9 % pr. 1000 hours during in total....... These performance and durability characteristics are very encouraging but despite several papers on metal supported SOFC with this type of infiltrated anode [1-3], the performance and the factors controlling the performance and durability is not yet well understood. Only some initial data on symmetrical...

  3. 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).

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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.

  7. Feasibility study on combined use of residential SOFC cogeneration system and plug-in hybrid electric vehicle from energy-saving viewpoint

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    Highlights: ► Optimal operational planning for combined use of SOFC-CGS and PHEV is conducted. ► Charging PHEV with SOFC-CGS increases electric capacity factor of SOFC-CGS. ► Energy-saving effect of combined use is higher than that of their separate use. ► Combined use provides energy savings in both residential and transport sectors. - Abstract: The energy-saving effect of a combined use of a residential solid oxide fuel cell cogeneration system (SOFC-CGS) that adopts a continuous operation, and a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is discussed by optimal operational planning based on mixed-integer linear programming. This combined use aims to increase the electric capacity factor of the SOFC-CGS by charging the PHEV using the SOFC-CGS electric power output late at night, and targets the application in regions where the reverse power flow from residential cogeneration systems to commercial electric power systems is not permitted, like in Japan. The optimal operation patterns of the combined use of 0.7-kWe SOFC-CGS and PHEV for a simulated energy demand with a sampling time of 1 h and various daily running distances of the PHEV show that this combined use increases the electric capacity factor of the SOFC-CGS and saves more energy in comparison with their separate use in which the SOFC-CGS is used but the PHEV is charged only with purchased electric power. Furthermore, it is found that at the PHEV daily running distance of 12 km/d, the reduction rate of the annual primary energy consumption for this combined use increases by up to 3.7 percentage points relative to their separate use. Consequently, this feasibility study reveals that the combined use of the SOFC-CGS and PHEV provides the synergistic effect on energy savings in the residential and transport sectors. For the practical use, simulation scenarios considering the energy demand fluctuations with short periods and real-time pricing of the purchased electric power must be considered as future

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

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    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 120 kWe have been performed. Woodchips are used as gasification feedstock to produce syngas, which is then utilized to feed the anode side of the SOFC stacks. A thermal efficiency of 0.424 LHV (lower heating value) for the plant is found to use 89.4 kg/h of feedstock to produce the above mentioned electricity. Thermoeconomic analysis shows that the production price of electricity is 0.1204 $/kWh. 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 at a cost that is competitive with the corresponding renewable systems of the same size. - Highlights: • A 120 kWe integrated gasification SOFC–Stirling CHP is presented. • Effect of important parameters on plant characteristic and economy are studied. • A modest thermal efficiency of 0.41 is found after thermoeconomic optimization. • Reducing stack numbers cuts cost of electricity at expense of thermal efficiency. • The plant cost is estimated to be about 3433 $/kW when disposal costs are neglected

  9. 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.

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

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

    2016-08-01

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

  11. 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. 

  12. 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

  13. 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

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

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    Eric D. Wachsman

    2006-09-30

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

  15. 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

  16. PROGRESS IN HIGH-TEMPERATURE ELECTROLYSIS FOR HYDROGEN PRODUCTION USING PLANAR SOFC TECHNOLOGY

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    O& #39; Brien, J. E.; Herring, J. S.; Stoots, C. M.; Hawkes, G. L.; Hartvigsen, J., J.; Mehrdad Shahnam

    2005-04-01

    A research program is under way at the Idaho National Laboratory to assess the performance of solid-oxide cells operating in the steam electrolysis mode for hydrogen production over a temperature range of 800 to 900ºC. The research program includes both experimental and modeling activities. Selected results from both activities are presented in this paper. Experimental results were obtained from a ten-cell planar electrolysis stack, fabricated by Ceramatec , Inc. The electrolysis cells are electrolyte-supported, with scandia-stabilized zirconia electrolytes (~140 µm thick), nickel-cermet steam/hydrogen electrodes, and manganite air-side electrodes. The metallic interconnect plates are fabricated from ferritic stainless steel. The experiments were performed over a range of steam inlet mole fractions (0.1 - 0.6), gas flow rates (1000 - 4000 sccm), and current densities (0 to 0.38 A/cm2). Hydrogen production rates up to 90 Normal liters per hour were demonstrated. Stack performance is shown to be dependent on inlet steam flow rate. A three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model was also created to model high-temperature steam electrolysis in a planar solid oxide electrolysis cell (SOEC). The model represents a single cell as it would exist in the experimental electrolysis stack. Mass, momentum, energy, and species conservation and transport are provided via the core features of the commercial CFD code FLUENT1. A solid-oxide fuel cell (SOFC) model adds the electrochemical reactions and loss mechanisms and computation of the electric field throughout the cell. The FLUENT SOFC user-defined subroutine was modified for this work to allow for operation in the SOEC mode. Model results provide detailed profiles of temperature, Nernst potential, operating potential, anode-side gas composition, cathode-side gas composition, current density and hydrogen production over a range of stack operating conditions. Mean model results are shown to compare favorably with

  17. 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

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

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    P.Ravi Chandran

    2014-07-01

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

  19. 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

  20. Operational planning of an independent microgrid containing tidal power generators, SOFCs, and photovoltaics

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    Highlights: ► The characteristics of a microgrid composed of SOFCs and tidal power generators were investigated. ► The CO2 emissions of this microgrid were calculated based on an oceanographic investigation. ► The frequency and wave form quality of the electric power system were investigated. ► The voltage regulation and reactive power control of the electric power system need to be improved. -- Abstract: The development of local energy systems is important to curtailing global warming and improving public safety. Therefore, in this work, the basic performance of an independent microgrid consisting of tidal power generators, photovoltaics, fuel cells, and heat pumps to locally produce energy for local consumption was analyzed. Fast tidal currents near inlets that join lakes to the sea were converted into electrical energy via a three-phase synchronized generator connected to Darius water turbines. On the basis of the results of an oceanographic survey, the production of electricity and the CO2 emissions of each generator were calculated using balanced equations for electricity and heat. The calculations indicated that 33% of the CO2 emissions were associated with the energy supplied through conventional methods during the summer season. Although the frequency and waveform of the electricity of the microgrid were high quality, improvement in the voltage regulation was still required.

  1. Feasibility of liquid hydrocarbon fuels for SOFC with Ni-ScSZ anode

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    Kishimoto, Haruo; Yamaji, Katsuhiko; Horita, Teruhisa; Xiong, Yueping; Sakai, Natsuko; Brito, Manuel E.; Yokokawa, Harumi [National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), AIST Tsukuba Central No. 5, Higashi 1-1-1, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8565 (Japan)

    2007-10-11

    Solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) operation with a nickel-scandia stabilized zirconia (Ni-ScSZ) cermet anode was carried out with liquid hydrocarbon of n-dodecane (C{sub 12}H{sub 26}), used as a model fuel of kerosene, without fuel dilution by inert carrier gas. Continuous operation was achieved for more than 120 h at S/C = 2.0 and at 800 C. The obtained open circuit voltage was about -0.97 V and the average current density was about 140 mA cm{sup -2} under the constant anode potential of -0.75 V versus air. This current density corresponded to fuel utilization of 55%. In the impedance spectra for the anode, two semicircles were observed not only for hydrogen but also for C1 to C12 paraffin. Electrode conductivity for each semicircle, {sigma}{sub H} for high frequency part and {sigma}{sub L} for low frequency part, were calculated by following equation:{sigma}(S cm{sup -2})=1/ARwhere A (cm{sup 2}) is electrode area and R ({omega}) is electrode resistance determined from each semicircle. Electrode conductivities for hydrocarbon fuels showed the same water partial pressure dependence as that for hydrogen whether fuel is diluted or not. Hydrogen produced by reforming reaction was the most active element for electrochemical oxidation at the anode even for hydrocarbon fuels. (author)

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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。

  7. 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.

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

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

    2009-06-15

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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. Polarization measurements on single-step co-fired solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs)

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    Yoon, Kyung Joong; Zink, Peter; Gopalan, Srikanth; Pal, Uday B. [Department of Manufacturing Engineering, Boston University, Boston, MA 02215 (United States)

    2007-10-11

    Anode-supported planar solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) were successfully fabricated by a single step co-firing process. The cells comprised of a Ni + yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) anode, a YSZ or scandia-stabilized zirconia (ScSZ) electrolyte, a (La{sub 0.85}Ca{sub 0.15}){sub 0.97}MnO{sub 3} (LCM) + YSZ cathode active layer, and an LCM cathode current collector layer. The fabrication process involved tape casting of the anode, screen printing of the electrolyte and the cathode, and single step co-firing of the green-state cells in the temperature range of 1300-1330 C for 2 h. Cells were tested in the temperature range of 700-800 C with humidified hydrogen as fuel and air as oxidant. Cell test results and polarization modeling showed that the polarization losses were dominated by the ohmic loss associated with the electrodes and the activation polarization of the cathode, and that the ohmic loss due to the ionic resistance of the electrolyte and the activation polarization of the anode were relatively insignificant. Ohmic resistance associated with the electrode was lowered by improving the electrical contact between the electrode and the current collector. Activation polarization of the cathode was reduced by the improvement of the microstructure of the cathode active layer and lowering the cell sintering temperature. The cell performance was further improved by increasing the porosity in the anode. As a result, the maximum power density of 1.5 W cm{sup -2} was achieved at 800 C with humidified hydrogen and air. (author)

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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

    of Nb‐doped SrTiO3 (STN) and FeCr stainless steel. A number of different experimental routes and analysis techniques have been used to evaluate the microstructural and chemical changes occurring in the composite anode layer during electrochemical testing at intermediate temperatures (650 °C). STN and...... FeCr 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...

  16. 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.

  17. 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

    and finally reduced during start-up of the SOFC/SOEC in H2 at the operating temperature of the cell (ca. 800 °C). This contribution presents environmental transmission electron microscopy (ETEM) nanoscale observations of the reduction process of a NiO/YSZ powder in H2 at temperatures up to almost 1000...... °C. The study focusses on the temperature dependent dynamical morphology of the NiO/YSZ and on the possible influence of YSZ on the NiO reduction....

  18. Materiales para ánodos, cátodos y electrolitos utilizados en celdas de combustible de óxido sólido (SOFC)

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    J. Alvarado-Flores; L. Ávalos-Rodríguez

    2013-01-01

    Las celdas de combustible de oxido sólido (SOFC), son reactores electroquímicos que pueden convertir directamente la energía química de un combustible en energía eléctrica con gran eficiencia, pueden reducir sustancialmente la dependencia del petróleo y el impacto ambiental. La tendencia actual de la investigación en celdas SOFC, está dirigida al uso de los combustibles hidrocarburos disponibles, tales como el gas natural. Además, estas celdas presentan ventajas adicionales como por ejemplo e...

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  1. 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

  2. A Design of Experiments (DOE) approach to optimise temperature measurement accuracy in Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC)

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    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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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).

  8. 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.

  9. 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...

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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)

  13. 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...

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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...

  17. 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.

  18. Preparation and performance characterization of the Fe-Ni/ScSZ cermet anode for oxidation of ethanol fuel in SOFCs

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    Huang, Bo; Wang, S.R.; Liu, R.Z.; Wen, T.L. [Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (SICCAS), 1295 Dingxi Road, Shanghai 200050 (China)

    2007-05-15

    An anodic cermet of Fe-Ni alloy and scandia stabilized zirconia (ScSZ) has been investigated for a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) running on ethanol fuel. Composite anodes having alloy compositions of 0, 12.5, 25, 37.5, 50 and 100 wt.% Ni were exposed to ethanol stream at 700 C for 12 h to demonstrate that carbon formation is greatly suppressed on the Fe-Ni alloys compared to that of pure Ni. Then the short-term stability for the cells with the Ni/ScSZ and Fe{sub 0.5}Ni{sub 0.5}/ScSZ anodes in ethanol stream at 700 C was checked over a relative long period of operation. Open circuit voltages (OCVs) increased from 1.03 to 1.1 V, and power densities increased from 120 to 460 mW cm{sup 2} as the operating temperature of a SOFC with Fe{sub 0.5}Ni{sub 0.5}/ScSZ anode was increased from 700 to 850 C in ethanol stream. Electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS) illustrated that the cell with Ni/ScSZ anode exhibits slightly less total impedance than that observed for the cell with Fe{sub 0.5}Ni{sub 0.5}/ScSZ anode. The performance of a fuel cell made with the Ni/ScSZ and Fe{sub 0.5}Ni{sub 0.5}/ScSZ anodes was tested in ethanol stream for 48 h and showed a significant decrease in polarization resistance with time. Impedance spectra of similar fuel cells suggest that small carbon deposits are formed with time and that the decrease in polarization resistance is due to enhanced electronic conductivity in the anode. (author)

  19. 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.)

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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)

  3. Biomass-to-electricity: analysis and optimization of the complete pathway steam explosion--enzymatic hydrolysis--anaerobic digestion with ICE vs SOFC as biogas users.

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    Santarelli, M; Barra, S; Sagnelli, F; Zitella, P

    2012-11-01

    The paper deals with the energy analysis and optimization of a complete biomass-to-electricity energy pathway, starting from raw biomass towards the production of renewable electricity. The first step (biomass-to-biogas) is based on a real pilot plant located in Environment Park S.p.A. (Torino, Italy) with three main steps ((1) impregnation; (2) steam explosion; (3) enzymatic hydrolysis), completed by a two-step anaerobic fermentation. In the second step (biogas-to-electricity), the paper considers two technologies: internal combustion engines and a stack of solid oxide fuel cells. First, the complete pathway has been modeled and validated through experimental data. After, the model has been used for an analysis and optimization of the complete thermo-chemical and biological process, with the objective function of maximization of the energy balance at minimum consumption. The comparison between ICE and SOFC shows the better performance of the integrated plants based on SOFC. PMID:22940353

  4. 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.)

  5. 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.

  6. 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)

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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)

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. High performance of SDC and GDC core shell type composite electrolytes using methane as a fuel for low temperature SOFC

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    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

  17. Anode-supported ScSZ-electrolyte SOFC with whole cell materials from combined EDTA-citrate complexing synthesis process

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    Gu, Hongxia; Ran, Ran; Zhou, Wei; Shao, Zongping [State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, No. 5 Xing Mofan Road, Nanjing, JiangSu 210009 (China)

    2007-10-25

    The potential application of combined EDTA-citrate complexing process (ECCP) in intermediate-temperature solid-oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs) processing was investigated. ECCP-derived scandia-stabilized-zirconia (ScSZ) powder displayed low packing density, high surface area and nano-crystalline, which was ideal material for thin-film electrolyte fabrication based on dual dry pressing. A co-synthesis of NiO + ScSZ anode based on ECCP was developed, which showed reduced NiO(Ni) and ScSZ grain sizes and improved homogeneity of the particle size distribution, as compared with the mechanically mixed NiO + ScSZ anode. Anode-supported ScSZ electrolyte fuel cell with the whole cell materials synthesized from ECCP was successfully prepared. The porous anode and cathode exhibited excellent adhesion to the electrolyte layer. Fuel cell with 30 {mu}m thick ScSZ electrolyte and La{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}MnO{sub 3} cathode showed a promising maximum peak power density of 350 mW cm{sup -2} at 800 C. (author)

  18. Characterization of scandia stabilized zirconia prepared by glycine nitrate process and its performance as the electrolyte for IT-SOFC

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    Lee, D.; Lee, I.; Jeon, Y. [Division of Materials Science and Engineering, Korea University, 5-1 Anam-Dong, Sungbuk-Ku, Seoul 136-701 (Korea, Republic of); Song, R. [Advanced Fuel Cell Research Team, Korea Institute of Energy Research, 71-2 Jang-Dong, Yusong-Ku, Daejon 305-343 (Korea, Republic of)

    2005-03-31

    Zirconia stabilized with 8 mol% scandia (8ScSZ) powder was synthesized using glycine nitrate process (GNP) for use as the electrolyte of an intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cell (IT-SOFC). The powder was compacted into a disc and sintered at 1600 {sup o}C for 6 h in air for characterization. 8ScSZ consisted of a mixture of cubic and tetragonal phases after sintering. It showed four times as high electrical conductivity (0.159 S/cm) as 8YSZ (0.039 S/cm) at 800 {sup o}C. The reactivity of 8ScSZ in contact with La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}Co{sub 0.2}Fe{sub 0.8}O{sub 3} turned out to be fairly good. Its linear thermal expansion coefficient was measured to be 11.9x10{sup -6}/{sup o}C. The performance of a single cell was considerably improved when the 8ScSZ electrolyte was substituted for 8YSZ with other conditions kept unaltered.

  19. Electrochemical characteristics of tubular flat-plate-SOFCs fabricated by co-firing cathode substrate and electrolyte

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    Orui, Himeko; Watanabe, Kimitaka; Arakawa, Masayasu

    Tubular flat-plate (TFP)-solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) supported by cathodes with gas flow channels were fabricated by co-firing the cathodes and electrolytes. The size of a single cell is 43 mm×4.5 mm×100 mm, and the maximum power density of 0.83 W/cm 2 was achieved at a current density of 1.6 A/cm 2 at 1000 °C. We studied the electrochemical characteristics of the anode and the cathode by the ac impedance method. The resistance corresponding to the reaction around the three-phase boundaries of the anode/electrolyte interface increases with decreasing temperature from 1000 to 800 °C in the Ni-Y 2O 3 stabilized ZrO 2 (YSZ) anode of the TFP cell. From ac impedance measurements made at various oxygen partial pressures PO 2, we found that under high PO 2 (log PO 2>-0.77) surface diffusion of adsorbed oxygen atoms was the dominant step, but under low PO 2 (log PO 2<-0.77) the diffusion of oxygen gas was the rate-determining step in the cathode reaction in this TFP cell.

  20. 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.

  1. MnCo{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel chromium barrier coatings for SOFC interconnect by HVOF

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    Lagerbom, J.; Varis, T.; Pihlatie, M.; Himanen, O.; Saarinen, V.; Kiviaho, J.; Turunen, E. [VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Espoo (Finland); Puranen, J. [Tampere Univ. of Technology (Finland). Inst. of Materials Science

    2010-07-01

    Chromia released from steel parts used for interconnect plates by evaporation and condensation can quickly degrade the cell (cathode) performance in solid oxide fuel cell SOFC. Coatings on top of the IC plate can work as a chromium evaporation barrier. The coating material should have good electrical conductivity, high temperature stability and nearly the same coefficient of thermal expansion as the cell materials. One candidate for the coating material is MnCo{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel because of its suitable properties. High velocity oxy fuel (HVOF) spraying was used for the coating application on Crofer 22 APU steel samples. Using commercial and self made spray dried powders together with an HV2000 spray gun it was possible to successfully manufacture, well adhering, dense and reasonably uniform coatings. The samples were tested in oxidation exposure tests in air followed by post analysis in SEM. Powders and coatings microstructures are presented here, both before and after exposure. It was found out that together with spraying parameters the powder characteristics used influence clearly to the coating quality. Especially as very thin coatings was aimed with dense structure fine powders was found to be essential. (orig.)

  2. 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.

  3. Critical evaluation and thermodynamic modeling of the Mn-Cr-O system for the oxidation of SOFC interconnect

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    Jung, In-Ho [Research Institute of Industrial Science and Technology (RIST), P.O. Box 135, Pohang, Kyungbuk 790-330 (Korea, Republic of)

    2006-03-15

    A complete critical evaluation and thermodynamic modeling of the phase diagrams and thermodynamic properties of the Mn-Cr-O system at 1 bar total pressure are presented. Optimized equations for the thermodynamic properties of all phases are obtained, which reproduce all available and reliable thermodynamic and phase equilibrium data within experimental error limits from 25C to above the liquidus temperatures at all compositions and oxygen partial pressures. As results of optimization, the Gibbs energy function of MnCr{sub 2}O{sub 4} is for the first time properly estimated and the discrepancies of the phase diagram experiments of the Mn-Cr-O system are resolved. In particular, unexplored phase diagrams and thermodynamic properties of the Mn-Cr-O system of importance for the oxidation of SOFC interconnect are predicted on the basis of the optimized model parameters. The database of the model parameters can be used along with software for Gibbs energy minimization in order to calculate any type of phase diagram sections and thermodynamic properties. (author)

  4. 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

  5. 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 ...

  6. Development of a LPP CGR combustion system with ultra-low emissions for a SOLO 161 Stirling engine based micro-CHP unit

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    Paalsson, Magnus [Lund Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Heat and Power Engineering

    2001-07-01

    During the last decade extensive research has been made at Lund University, Sweden, on a lean premix (prevaporize) combustion concept with burnt gas recirculation and a metallic flame holder. From this concept a new lean premixed natural gas combustion chamber with internal combustion gas recirculation (CGR) has been developed for the V160/SOLO 161 Stirling engines. This combustor has ultra-low emission levels, comparable to those of catalytic combustion. At the start of the current project the combustor was ready to be adapted for production, with expected market introduction in 2001. The Lund combustion chamber was modified to investigate the impact of air-fuel ratio and combustion gas recirculation rate on emissions and controllability of the combustion system, and on pressure losses in the combustion chamber. Different start-up strategies as well as different fuel-gas control valves were tried in order to find well-working control routines/parameters. The combustion chamber was redesigned using the gained knowledge, making it easy to manufacture while giving it maximum life expectancy and durability. The SOLO 161 Stirling engine's control system was adapted to the new combustion system. Emissions of the final combustion system were measured and found to be close to the design goal values. Combustor function and reliability has proved to be very good.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Nickel-ceria infiltrated Nb-doped SrTiO3 for low temperature SOFC anodes and analysis on gas diffusion impedance

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    Abdul Jabbar, Mohammed Hussain; Høgh, Jens Valdemar Thorvald; Jacobsen, Torben;

    2012-01-01

    This report concentrates on high performance anodes appropriate for SOFCs operating at low temperatures (400–600 °C). Symmetrical cells were made by screen printing of Nb-doped SrTiO3 (STN) on both sides of a dense ScYSZ electrolyte. Backbones I (36% porosity) and II (47% porosity) were obtained by...... gas diffusion impedance was investigated with He and N2 in H2/H2O gas mixtures and by varying the H2O content at 655 °C. This study indicated that the gas diffusion in these electrodes are influenced by Knudsen and bulk diffusion....

  11. 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.

  12. 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。

  13. 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...

  14. 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.

  15. 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)

  16. Development of anode material based on La-substituted SrTiO 3 perovskites doped with manganese and/or gallium for SOFC

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    Escudero, M. J.; Irvine, J. T. S.; Daza, L.

    Materials based on La-substituted SrTiO 3 perovskites doped with manganese and/or gallium for SOFC have been studied as novel anodes for solid oxide fuel cell. La 4Sr 8Ti 11Mn 1- xGa xO 38- δ (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 -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.

  17. SOFC - Manufacture of stacks for test and demonstration related activities, stack and system tests and identification of end user requirements. Final report

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    Jacobsen, Joachim; Primdahl, S.; Boegh Elmose, H.; Weineisen, H.; Richter, A.

    2008-11-15

    The aim of the project was to solve the technical challenges in relation to stack functionality in connection with operation of multi stack assemblies under realistic operating conditions. It was the intention to make a targeted effort with the aim of developing a high performance stack technology suitable for both small and large units. An important part of the project was the testing of stack assemblies up to 10 kW power range with relevant fuel and realistic operation condition in the test facility at HC OErstedvaerket. The manufacturing of stacks in the project was as planned a number of stacks (70 kW) for use in demonstration projects both for single stacks and for multi stack assemblies. The start up of the work on the SOFC test facility at HC OErstedsvaerket (HCV) was delayed due to a late delivery of the unit from the PSO 6385 project. A number of unforeseen events during the project have meant that the SOFC test facility at HCV has not until now been ready for performing tests. The experience gained from the operation of a 20 kW Alpha unit in a co-operation between TOFC and Waertsilae now provides an important contribution to the future multi stack assemblies. The work on identification of end user requirements has resulted in a number of different development priorities for the m-CHP and the Distributed Generation market segments. (au)

  18. Enhancing the lifetime of SOFC stacks for combined heat and power applications. SOF-CH. Final Report EPFL-LENI 2007: WP 5.1: Thermomechanics

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    Nakajo, A.

    2008-07-01

    The solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) is a direct conversion process, which allows the production of electricity with high efficiency while maintaining pollutant emissions at low level. This technology is now far beyond the theoretical status, but extensive commercialization is not yet attractive. The main challenges to face are cost reduction, lifetime, reliability and volumetric power densities. Typical issues are the degradation rate of the performance during steady operation and the risk of failure during controlled or emergency shut-ups/start-ups. Post mortem analysis shows that the mechanical integrity of the cells is often not ensured. Modelling of the thermo-electro-chemical behaviour of an intact or partially damaged SOFC stack is required to predict and reduce the degradation. The influence of small-scale defects and microstructural changes increases with respect to time and the number of thermal and loading cycles. A multiscale approach is suited to understand and characterize the phenomena at the membrane electrode assembly (MEA) level and study their impact and propagation at the repeat element (RE) level. Once critical conditions are identified, a control strategy is required to ensure the safe operation of an aging stack during both steady and transient operation. (author)

  19. 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.

  20. A new process concept for highly efficient conversion of sewage sludge by combined fermentation and gasification and power generation in a hybrid system consisting of a SOFC and a gas turbine

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    Highlights: • A process concept for highly efficient conversion of sewage sludge is presented. • Fermentation waste is dried and converted in a gasifier with wood. • Synergetic effects are used by converting biogas and gasification gas in SOFC. • A hybrid system (SOFC + gas turbine) raises the el. efficiency from 34% to 53%. • Waste heat of the overall process can be used to dry the fermentation waste. - Abstract: Sewage sludge can be disposed of by fermentation, incineration or gasification. Conversion of the resulting biogas, combustion heat or gasification gas into electricity is often employed. Since sewage sludge cannot be fermented completely and due to the significant heat requirements for drying it in the incineration plant or before the gasifier, the electrical output in all cases is very low. Consequently, this work seeks to investigate a combination of fermentation and gasification in which dried fermentation waste is converted in a gasifier. With the aim of combining these two biomass conversion processes with power generation in an efficient manner, a hybrid system consisting of a SOFC and a gas turbine is investigated. This combination of a biogas plant and a gasifier has the advantage that waste heat can be used as a heat source in drying the fermentation waste. Another advantage is the combined conversion of biogas and gasification gas in the SOFC. As steam from gasification gas is used for internal reforming of methane out of biogas at the anode of the SOFC, the complexity of the plant is reduced and the efficiency is increased. A configuration including a pressurized gasification process was identified as most efficient in terms of electrical output

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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...

  4. SOFC Cathode Mechanisms

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

    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...

  5. 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

  6. 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)

  7. On the stability of Sr-doped La{sub 2}CuO{sub 4} against different electrolytes for IT-SOFCs

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

    2011-02-15

    The thermal stability of the cathode material against an electrolyte at the operating temperature plays an important role in the fuel cell's performance. As such, compatibility tests of the most common used electrolytes with La{sub 2-x}Sr{sub x}CuO{sub 4} have been performed. The chemical reaction between these two materials in the temperature ranging from 800 to 1,000 C was examined by X-ray diffraction analyses. The results show that in all the cases there is reaction above 925 C, making conventional cell fabrication non-appropriate. However, we demonstrate that infiltration is a useful technique for obtaining cuprate cermets for use as cathode materials in IT-SOFCs. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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...

  13. 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.

  14. 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)

  15. Synthesis and characterization of Ce{sub 1-x}SmXO{sub 2-(x/2)} as solid electrolyte for application in IT-SOFCs; Sintese e caracterizacao de Ce{sub 1-x}SmXO{sub 2-(x/2)} como eletrolito solido para aplicacao em IT-SOFCs

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    Nicodemo, J.P.; Martinelli, A.E.; Nascimento, R.M. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (DECM/UFRN), Natal, RN (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia de Materiais], e-mail: juli_pivotto@yahoo.com.br; Melo, D.M.A. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (DQ/UFRN), Natal, RN (Brazil). Dept. de Quimica; Cela, B. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (PPGCEM/UFRN), Natal, RN (Brazil). Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Ciencia e Engenharia de Materiais; Macedo, D.A. [Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (PPGEM/UFRN), Natal, RN (Brazil). Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Engenharia Mecanica

    2008-07-01

    Mixed rare earth doped CeO{sub 2} oxide-based have been extensively studied for use in solid electrolytes for fuel cells. Ceramics-based CeO{sub 2} have high ionic conductivity and enable the operation of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) in intermediate temperatures, in the range of 500 to 750 deg C. In this work, was investigated the Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3} doped CeO{sub 2} by Pechini method to obtain Ce{sub 0,9}Sm{sub 0,1}O{sub 1,95}. The resulting powders were characterized by the chemical composition (EDS) and crystallographic (XRD), thermal analysis (TG/ATD and DTG), and particles morphology (SEM). After calcinations of 500 and 700 deg C for 2 hours were obtained nanosized powders with crystalline structure of cubic phase type fluorite fully formed. (author)

  16. The effect of doping in the electrochemical performance of (Ln{sub 1-x}M{sub x})FeO{sub 3-{delta}} SOFC cathodes

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    Vidal, Karmele; Martinez-Amesti, Ana; No, Maria Luisa; Rojo, Teofilo; Arriortua, Maria Isabel [Facultad de Ciencia y Tecnologia, Universidad del Pais Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Apdo. 644, E-48080 Bilbao (Spain); Rodriguez-Martinez, Lide M.; Laresgoiti, Ander [Ikerlan, Centro Tecnologico, Parque Tecnologico de Alava, Juan de la Cierva 1, Minano 01510, Alava (Spain); Ortega-San-Martin, Luis [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragon, C.S.I.C.-Universidad de Zaragoza, C/Maria de Luna, 3, 50018 Zaragoza (Spain)

    2009-07-01

    A family of iron perovskites with the general formula AFeO{sub 3-{delta}} (A = Ln{sub 1-x}M{sub x}; Ln = La, Nd and/or Pr; M = Sr or/and Ca) has been prepared keeping fixed the A cation radius left angle r{sub A} right angle and cation size mismatch to isolate the effect of divalent dopant concentration from the A-cation steric effects. The electrochemical behaviour of these compounds for their application as SOFC cathodes was evaluated by using I-V curve measurements and ac impedance spectroscopy over three electrodes electrolyte supported cells processed under identical conditions. In contrast with the bulk behaviour, trends are more difficult to observe due to microstructural effects, but results seem to indicate that the doping level, x, does not influence in a significant way the electrochemical performance of iron perovskites with identical left angle r{sub A} right angle and {sigma}{sup 2}(r{sub A}). (author)

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. 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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    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

  20. Fabricación y caracterización eléctrica de pilas de combustible de óxido sólido (SOFCs) de geometría microtubular basadas en electrolitos de ceria dopada

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    Cabezas Ibars, David

    2014-01-01

    Las pilas de combustible de óxido sólido (SOFC) se han convertido en una prometedora alternativa a los sistemas de producción de electricidad actuales, ya que consiguen eficiencias relativamente elevadas, así como bajas emisiones contaminantes, tóxicas y acústicas. En los últimos años, se han planteado diversos retos tales como la reducción de la temperatura de operación, de los gradientes térmicos y la mejora del sellado de las cámaras, lo cual hace posible el uso de interconectores más econ...

  1. 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.

  2. 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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    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)

  3. 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...

  4. H2NG (hydrogen-natural gas mixtures) effects on energy performances of a condensing micro-CHP (combined heat and power) for residential applications: An expeditious assessment of water condensation and experimental analysis

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    In order to accomplish significant primary energy saving and GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions reduction, CHP (combined heat and power) technology can be adopted largely for industrial and civil sectors. Waiting for the cutting-edge appliances (i.e. Fuel Cell) wide deployment, ICEs (internal combustion engines) fuelled with an environmentally-friendly fuel, such as H2NG (hydrogen-natural gas mixtures) could represent the bridge technology towards the forthcoming pure hydrogen economy. This paper deals with the results of an experimental campaign carried out on a Single Cylinder ICE, fuelled with NG (natural gas) and H2NG @ 15% vol. In detail, energy performances were assessed at rated and partial loads. From data analysis, it emerged that the electrical efficiency increased up to 2.28%, at the expense of the heat recovery one, having added hydrogen. Additionally, due to the higher water content in exhaust gas when H2NG is burned, it was investigated on how heat recovery efficiency has been affected by condensing operating conditions. Finally, to estimate this benefit, an expeditious procedure was developed building three maps for H2NG blends condensing properties from 0% up to 30% vol. of H2. Their outputs provided the condensation efficiency value and the absolute gain of heat recovery one with varying exhaust gas temperatures and hydrogen fraction in the mixture. - Highlights: • H2NG mixture effects on a commercial technology μCHP for residential applications. • Experimental analysis and methodology for H2NG condensing properties assessment. • CO2 specific emissions calculation accounting for electrical and thermal outputs. • Uncertainty analysis on the μCHP energy performances and methodology validation. • H2 addition coupling a condensing heat exchanger enhance CHP First Law efficiency

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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.

  8. 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...

  9. Microstructural evolution of nanosized Ce0.8Gd0.2O1.9/Ni infiltrate in a Zr0.84Y0.16O1.92-Sr0.94Ti0.9Nb0.1O3-δ based SOFC anode under electrochemical evaluation

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    Zhang, Wei; Kuhn, Luise Theil; Ramos, Tania;

    in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) [2,3]. How stable is the structure of infiltrated nano-sized electrocatalysts under electrochemical operation? This issue is usually addressed by evaluating electrode performance without detailed structural investigations. However, the behavior of electrocatalysts...... are of paramount importance for performance and performance stability. Therefore an accurate understanding of the microstructure evolution during electrochemical operation will facilitate evaluating performances of SOFC anodes, and in turn optimize its design. Here we report a wealth of...

  10. 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....

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. Performance of Ni/ScSZ cermet anode modified by coating with Gd{sub 0.2}Ce{sub 0.8}O{sub 2} for an SOFC running on methane fuel

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    Huang, Bo; Ye, X.F.; Wang, S.R.; Nie, H.W.; Shi, J.; Hu, Q.; Qian, J.Q.; Sun, X.F.; Wen, T.L. [Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (SICCAS), 1295 Dingxi Road, Shanghai 200050 (China)

    2006-11-22

    A Ni/scandia-stabilized zirconia (ScSZ) cermet anode was modified by coating with nano-sized gadolinium-doped ceria (GDC, Gd{sub 0.2}Ce{sub 0.8}O{sub 2}) prepared using a simple combustion process within the pores of the anode for a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) running on methane fuel. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were employed in the anode characterizations. Then, the short-term stability for the cells with the Ni/ScSZ and 2.0wt.%GDC-coated Ni/ScSZ anodes in 97%CH{sub 4}/3%H{sub 2}O at 700{sup o}C was checked over a relative long period of operation. Open circuit voltages (OCVs) increased from 1.098 to 1.179V, and power densities increased from 224 to 848mWcm{sup -2}, as the operating temperature of an SOFC with 2.0wt.%GDC-coated Ni/ScSZ anode was increased from 700 to 850{sup o}C in humidified methane. The coating of nano-sized Gd{sub 0.2}Ce{sub 0.8}O{sub 2} particle within the pores of the porous Ni/ScSZ anode significantly improved the performance of anode supported cells. Electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS) illustrated that the cell with Ni/ScSZ anode exhibited far greater impedances than the cell with 2.0wt.%GDC-coated Ni/ScSZ anode. Introduction of nano-sized GDC particles into the pores of porous Ni/ScSZ anode will result in a substantial increase in the ionic conductivity of the anode and increase the triple phase boundary region expanding the number of sites available for electrochemical activity. No significant degradation in performance has been observed after 84h of cell testing when 2.0wt.%GDC-coated Ni/ScSZ anode was exposed to 97%CH{sub 4}/3%H{sub 2}O at 700{sup o}C. Very little carbon was detected on the anodes, suggesting that carbon deposition was limited during cell operation. Consequently, the GDC coating on the pores of anode made it possible to have good stability for long-term operation due to low carbon deposition. (author)

  14. 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).

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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).

  18. 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。

  19. 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

  20. Performance of XSCoF (X=Ba, La and Sm) and LSCrX' (X'=Mn, Fe and Al) perovskite-structure materials on LSGM electrolyte for IT-SOFC

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    X0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ (X=Ba, La and Sm) and La0.75Sr0.25Cr0.5X'0.5O3-δ (X'=Mn, Fe and Al) mixed ionic-electronic conducting perovskite-based oxides have been tested as SOFC electrode materials on La0.9Sr0.1Ga0.8Mg0.2O2.85 (LSGM) electrolytes under different atmospheres (air, oxygen, argon and dry and wet 5% H2/Ar) and the area-specific resistances (ASR) were compared. Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2O3-δ (BSCoF) possesses the lowest ASR values in air (0.04Ωcm2 at 1073K) whilst La0.75Sr0.25Cr0.5Mn0.5O3-δ (LSCrM) possesses the lowest ASR values in wet 5% H2/Ar (0.28Ωcm2 at 1073K). In addition, fuel cell tests were carried out using wet 5% H2/Ar as fuel and air as oxidant. The maximum power density (∼123mWcm-2) at 1073K was reached with the electrolyte-supported system BSCoF/LSGM/LSCrM (∼1.5mm electrolyte thickness). Furthermore, LSCrX' materials were used simultaneously as cathode and anode in fuel cell tests and the symmetric system LSCrM/LSGM/LSCrM (∼1.5mm electrolyte thickness) reached a maximum power density of ∼54mWcm-2 at 1073K

  1. 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)

  2. 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; Ruiz de Larramendi, I.; Rojo, T.

    2014-01-01

    For Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) to become an economically attractive energy conversion technology, suitable materials and structures which enable operation at lower temperatures, while retaining high cell performance, must be developed. Recently, the perovskitetype La0.6Ca0.4Fe0.8Ni0.2O3 oxide...... 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, and a...

  3. 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...

  4. 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)

  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. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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 im...

  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. Profitability analysis of concepts of heating utilization; Wirtschaftlichkeitsbetrachtung von Waermekonzepten

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    Schymassek, Jan [E.ON Avacon AG, Salzgitter (Germany)

    2013-01-15

    Since 1st January, 2012, 60% of the generated heat have to be used in the combined heat and power unit due to the Renewable Energy Law (EEG). This also means that operators of biogas-fuelled cogeneration units have to design and implement lawful heating concepts. The contribution under consideration compares the economic efficiency of such concepts of heating utilization.

  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. Determination of the mechanical properties and fracture mechanisms of YSZ and GDC for electrolyte-supported SOFCs by instrumented indentation test; Determinacion de las propiedades mecanicas y mecanismos de fractura de electrolitos soportados de YSZ y GDC mediante ensayos de indentacion instrumentada

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    Roa, J. J.; Morales, M.; Capdevila, X. G.; Segarra, M.

    2010-07-01

    The main purpose of this work is to evaluate the different mechanical properties and the different fracture mechanisms activated during the instrumented indentation process of the electrolytes based on Yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) and gadolinia doped ceria (GDC), for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). Both materials, with a thickness of 200 {mu}m, were shaped by uniaxial pressing at 500 MPa, and sintered at 1400 degree centigrade. Mechanical properties such as hardness (H) and Young's modulus (E) have been studied at different penetration depths using the Oliver and Pharr equations. The different fracture mechanisms activated during the instrumented indentation process have been studied at constant penetration depth of 500 nm, performed with a diamond Berkovich tip indenter. The residual indentation imprints have been observed with atomic force microscopy (AFM). The hardness and Young's modulus for YSZ electrolytes are higher than for GDC materials, due to the different fracture mechanism activated during the indentation process. As a result, the electrolytes of YSZ presented trans- and intergranular fracture mechanisms, depending on the place of the residual indentation imprint (in the grain boundary or in the middle of the grain, respectively). However, the GDC electrolyte revealed radical cracks at the corners of the residual nano indentation imprints, thus producing a phenomenon known as chipping. (Author)

  17. 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.

  18. 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

  19. Synthesis and characterization of novel Ce0.8Sm0.2Fe0.9Ir0.03Co0.07O3−δ perovskite material and possible application as a cathode for low–intermediate temperature SOFCs

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    Highlights: • Ce0.8Sm0.2Fe0.9Ir0.03Co0.07O3−δ was synthesized using sol–gel methods. • Material was thoroughly characterized using Raman, FTIR, XRD, HRTEM, SEM, and TGA. • Electrochemical performance showed the materials are a promising new cathode material for low temperature SOFC. - Abstract: A novel perovskite material, Ce0.8Sm0.2Fe0.9Ir0.03Co0.07O3−δ was synthesized using a sol–gel technique. The materials were calcined at temperatures of 800 °C, 900 °C, and 1000 °C and then characterized using X-ray diffraction, Raman and infrared spectroscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The particle sizes and crystallite sizes increased with increasing calcination temperature and formed perovskite type materials with some separate magnetite and iridium oxide. The powders were used to assemble button cells using samarium doped ceria as the electrolyte and NiO/SDC as the anode materials. The electrochemical properties were investigated using a Fiaxell open flanges test set-up and a Nuvant™ Powerstat-05 potentiostat/galvanostat. The Ce0.8Sm0.2Fe0.9Ir0.03Co0.07O3−δ cathode material calcined at 1000 °C exhibited the most promising performance, with a maximum power density of 0.400 W/cm2, a current density of 0.8 A/cm2, and a corresponding area specific resistance of 0.247 Ωcm2 at 500 °C. The button cells were reasonably stable over15 h

  20. 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.