Hydrogen and synthetic fuel production using pressurized solid oxide electrolysis cells

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2010

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Wind and solar power is troubled by large fluctuations in delivery due to changing weather. The surplus electricity can be used in a Solid Oxide Electrolyzer Cell (SOEC) to split CO2 + H2O into CO + H2 (+O2). The synthesis gas (CO + H2) can subsequently be catalyzed into various types of synthetic fuels using a suitable catalyst. As the catalyst operates at elevated pressure the fuel production system can be simplified by operating the SOEC at elevated pressure. Here we present the results of a cell test with pressures ranging from 0.4 bar to 10 bar. The cell was tested both as an SOEC and as a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC). In agreement with previous reports, the SOFC performance increases with pressure. The SOEC performance, at 750 °C, was found to be weakly affected by the pressure range in this study, however the internal resistance decreased significantly with increasing pressure.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number18
Pages (from-to)9544-9549
StatePublished - 2010
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: 103


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