Integrated numerical and experimental study of a MCFC-plasma gasifier energy system

G. Falcucci, E. Jannelli, M. Minutillo, S. Ubertini, Jonghee Han, S. P. Yoon, SukWoo Nam

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Abstract

In the present work an investigation of the potential use of waste derived fuel gas in molten carbonate fuel cell (MCFC) systems is performed. A simple numerical model of a MCFC is developed following a "system-level" approach that allows to investigate the impact of MCFC performance with respect to efficiency and energy production in complex power systems. An extensive set of experimental tests have been performed on single MCFCs and the experimental data are used to update and validate the numerical model. The fuel cell model is then implemented into a thermo-chemical model of a novel waste treatment system based on plasma torch gasification, previously developed by the authors. The predicted performances of this waste-to-energy system based on the integration of a low pollutant waste treatment technology and a high efficiency power unit are particularly promising.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)734-742
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Energy
Volume97
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Sep 1
Externally publishedYes

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Molten carbonate fuel cells (MCFC)
Plasmas
Waste treatment
Numerical models
Plasma torches
Gas fuels
Gasification
Fuel cells

Keywords

  • Experimental activity
  • Integrated power systems
  • Molten carbonate fuel cell (MCFC)
  • Numerical modeling
  • Plasma torch
  • Waste to energy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy(all)
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Fuel Technology
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Falcucci, G., Jannelli, E., Minutillo, M., Ubertini, S., Han, J., Yoon, S. P., & Nam, S. (2012). Integrated numerical and experimental study of a MCFC-plasma gasifier energy system. Applied Energy, 97, 734-742. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2012.01.060

Integrated numerical and experimental study of a MCFC-plasma gasifier energy system. / Falcucci, G.; Jannelli, E.; Minutillo, M.; Ubertini, S.; Han, Jonghee; Yoon, S. P.; Nam, SukWoo.

In: Applied Energy, Vol. 97, 01.09.2012, p. 734-742.

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Falcucci, G, Jannelli, E, Minutillo, M, Ubertini, S, Han, J, Yoon, SP & Nam, S 2012, 'Integrated numerical and experimental study of a MCFC-plasma gasifier energy system', Applied Energy, vol. 97, pp. 734-742. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2012.01.060
Falcucci, G. ; Jannelli, E. ; Minutillo, M. ; Ubertini, S. ; Han, Jonghee ; Yoon, S. P. ; Nam, SukWoo. / Integrated numerical and experimental study of a MCFC-plasma gasifier energy system. In: Applied Energy. 2012 ; Vol. 97. pp. 734-742.
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