Biofuels as opportunity for MCFC niche market application

Viviana Cigolotti, Erica Massi, Angelo Moreno, Alessandra Polettini, Francesco Reale

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The aim of the study is to compare three different cogeneration systems, internal combustion engine, gas turbine and molten carbonate fuel cell (MCFC), combined with an anaerobic digester plant implementing a technical-economical analysis and a multicriteria analysis. Through the analysis it is possible to show the validity of integrating a MCFC in combined heat and power configuration with anaerobic digester gas, a renewable source of energy, by-product of the treatment of wastewater, animal manure and organic solid waste. Even if fuel cell systems diffusion is still limited by high manufacturing costs, about 4500 €/kW, and is in need of reliable technology, the possibility of integrating renewable fuels, like biogas, with MCFCs can be a good niche market for fuel cell power plants and could promote their large-scale commercialisation. Through the analysis it is possible to show that with a cost of 3000 €/kW the MCFC is already competitive with other cogeneration systems. © 2008 International Association for Hydrogen Energy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2999 - 3003
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrochemistry
  • Fuel Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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