Simulation of a 250 kW diesel fuel processor/PEM fuel cell system
ABSTRACT Polymer-electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell systems offer a potential power source for utility and mobile applications. Practical fuel cell systems use fuel processors for the production of hydrogen-rich gas. Liquid fuels, such as diesel or other related fuels, are attractive options as feeds to a fuel processor. The generation of hydrogen gas for fuel cells, in most cases, becomes the crucial design issue with respect to weight and volume in these applications. Furthermore, these systems will require a gas clean-up system to insure that the fuel quality meets the demands of the cell anode. The endothermic nature of the reformer will have a significant affect on the overall system efficiency. The gas clean-up system may also significantly effect the overall heat balance. To optimize the performance of this integrated system, therefore, waste heat must be used effectively. Previously, we have concentrated on catalytic methanol-steam reforming. A model of a methanol steam reformer has been previously developed and has been used as the basis for a new, higher temperature model for liquid hydrocarbon fuels. Similarly, our fuel cell evaluation program previously led to the development of a steady-state electrochemical fuel cell model (SSEM). The hydrocarbon fuel processor model and the SSEM have now been incorporated in the development of a process simulation of a 250 kW diesel-fueled reformer/fuel cell system using a process simulator. The performance of this system has been investigated for a variety of operating conditions and a preliminary assessment of thermal integration issues has been carried out. This study demonstrates the application of a process simulation model as a design analysis tool for the development of a 250 kW fuel cell system.
- Journal of Fuel Cell Science and Technology - J FUEL CELL SCI TECHNOL. 01/2007; 4(4).
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ABSTRACT: The use of hydrocarbon fed fuel cell systems including a fuel processor can be an entry market for this emerging technology avoiding the problem of hydrogen infrastructure. This article presents a 1 kW low temperature PEM fuel cell system with fuel processor, the system is fueled by a mixture of methanol and water that is converted into hydrogen rich gas using a steam reformer. A complete system model including a fluidic fuel processor model containing evaporation, steam reformer, hydrogen filter, combustion, as well as a multi-domain fuel cell model is introduced. Experiments are performed with an IDATECH FCS1200™ fuel cell system. The results of modeling and experimentation show good results, namely with regard to fuel cell current and voltage as well as hydrogen production and pressure. The system is auto sufficient and shows an efficiency of 25.12%. The presented work is a step towards a complete system model, needed to develop a well adapted system control assuring optimized system efficiency.International Journal of Hydrogen Energy. 01/2010;
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ABSTRACT: Catalysts derived from perovskite type oxides LaCo1−x M x O3 (M = Ru or Fe, x = 0.2) synthesized by a modified citrate sol–gel method were tested in the oxidative reforming of diesel for hydrogen production. Physicochemical characterization of the samples revealed differences in the surface area, crystalline size, reducibility and relative distribution of the cobalt active phase on the surface of catalyst. These properties have important implications in the catalytic behaviour of the samples in the oxidative reforming of diesel. The increase in reducibility and metal exposition implies higher reforming activity as it was observed for the catalyst derived from LaCo0.8Ru0.2O3.Topics in Catalysis 01/2009; 52(13):1995-2000. · 2.61 Impact Factor