Title
Evaluation of an alkaline fuel cell system as a micro-CHP Evaluation of an alkaline fuel cell system as a micro-CHP
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Engineering Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Oxford ,
Subject
Engineering sciences. Technology
Source (journal)
Energy conversion and management. - Oxford
Volume/pages
126(2016) , p. 434-445
ISSN
0196-8904
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Micro-cogeneration is an emerging technology to reduce the non-renewable energy demand in buildings and reduce peak load in the grid. Fuel cell based cogeneration (CHP) has interesting prospects for building applications, even at relatively low heat demand. This is due to their partial load behavior which is completely different, compared to other micro-CHP technologies. Within the fuel cell technologies suitable for small scale CHP or micro-CHP, the existing configuration of an alkaline fuel cell system is analyzed. This analysis is based on validated models and offers a control strategy to optimize both water management and energy performance of the alkaline fuel cell system. Finally, the model of the alkaline fuel cell system with optimized control strategy is used to compare its part load behavior to other micro-CHP technologies.
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