In-situ study of the gas-phase composition and temperature of an intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cell anode surface fed by reformate natural gas

F. Santoni, D.M. Silva Mosqueda, D. Pumiglia, E. Viceconti, B. Conti, C. Boigues Muñoz, B. Bosio, S. Ulgiati, S.J. McPhail

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Abstract

An innovative experimental setup is used for in-depth and in-operando characterization of solid oxide fuel cell anodic processes. This work focuses on the heterogeneous reactions taking place on a 121 cm2anode-supported cell (ASC) running with a H2, CH4, CO2, CO and steam gas mixture as a fuel, using an operating temperature of 923 K. The results have been obtained by analyzing the gas composition and temperature profiles along the anode surface in different conditions: open circuit voltage (OCV) and under two different current densities, 165 mA cm−2and 330 mA cm−2, corresponding to 27% and 54% of fuel utilization, respectively. The gas composition and temperature analysis results are consistent, allowing to monitor the evolution of the principal chemical and electrochemical reactions along the anode surface. A possible competition between CO2and H2O in methane internal reforming is shown under OCV condition and low current density values, leading to two different types of methane reforming: Steam Reforming and Dry Reforming. Under a current load of 40 A, the dominance of exothermic reactions leads to a more marked increase of temperature in the portion of the cell close to the inlet revealing that current density is not uniform along the anode surface.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36 - 44
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Power Sources
Volume370
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Santoni, F., Silva Mosqueda, D. M., Pumiglia, D., Viceconti, E., Conti, B., Boigues Muñoz, C., Bosio, B., Ulgiati, S., & McPhail, S. J. (2017). In-situ study of the gas-phase composition and temperature of an intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cell anode surface fed by reformate natural gas. Journal of Power Sources, 370, 36 - 44. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpowsour.2017.09.078