Towards Multi Fuel SOFC Plant

Masoud Rokni, Lasse Røngaard Clausen, Christian Bang-Møller

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Complete Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) plants fed by several different fuels are suggested and analyzed. The plants sizes are about 10 kW which is suitable for single family house with needs for both electricity and heat. Alternative fuels such as, methanol, DME (Di-Methyl Ether) and ethanol are also considered and the results will be compared with the base plant fed by Natural Gas (NG). A single plant design will be suggested that can be fed with methanol, DME and ethanol whenever these fuels are available. It will be shown that the plant fed by ethanol will have slightly higher electrical efficiency compared with other fuels. A methanator will be suggested to be included into the plants design in order to produce methane from the fuel before entering the anode side of the SOFC stacks. Increasing methane content will decrease the needed compressor effect and thereby increase the plant power.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication52th International Conference of Scandinavian Simulation Society
Publication date2011
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventSIMS 52 - Västerås, Sweden
Duration: 1 Jan 2011 → …


ConferenceSIMS 52
CityVästerås, Sweden
Period01/01/2011 → …


  • DME
  • Methanol
  • Multi fuel
  • Methanator
  • SOFC
  • Ethanol


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