High-temperature fuel cell plants and applications

Viviana Cigolotti, Robert Steinberger-Wilckens, Stephen J. McPhail, Hary Devianto

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High-temperature fuel cells (HTFCs) have real and imminent potential for implementation of clean, high-efficiency conversion of renewable and wastederived fuels. Thanks to their capability to operate relatively easily on hydrocarbon- based fuels, and to their increased durability and higher tolerance to inevitable contaminants in the alternative fuels utilized, these integrated solutions are constantly spreading world-wide. The modular build-up of HTFCs makes them adamantly suitable to a decentralised energy infrastructure, which relieves dependencies on primary energy carrier imports and encourages local productivity. In the transitional phase from fossil to renewable fuels, utilization of natural gas in HTFCs allows for the immediate implementation in the established grid infrastructure, reduces CO2emissions and accelerates the development to full maturity necessary for large-scale market penetration. © Springer-Verlag London Limited 2012.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145 - 162
Number of pages18
JournalGreen Energy and Technology
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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