Conceptual design of an integrated thermally self-sustained methanol steam reformer : high-temperature PEM fuel cell stack manportable power generator
ID Lotrič, Andrej (Author), ID Sekavčnik, Mihael (Author), ID Pohar, Andrej (Author), ID Likozar, Blaž (Author), ID Hočevar, Stanko (Author)

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We have investigated the concept of an integrated system for small, manportable power units. The focus of this study is the direct thermal coupling of a methanol steam reformer (MSR) and a high-temperature proton exchange membrane fuel cell (HT PEMFC) stack. A recently developed low-temperature (LT) MSR catalyst (CuZnGaOx) was synthesized and tested in a designed reforming reactor. The experimental data show that at 200 °C the complete conversion of methanol is achievable with a hydrogen yield of 45 cm3 min-1 gCAT -1 . An experimental setup for measuring the characteristics of the integrated system was designed and used to measure the characteristics of the two-cell HT PEMFC stack. The obtained kinetic parameters and the HT PEMFC stack characteristics were used in the modeling of the integrated system. The simulations confirmed that the integrated LT MSR/ HT PEMFC stack system, which also includes a vaporizer, can achieve a thermally selfsustained working point. The base-case scenario, established on experimental data, predicts a power output of 8.5 W, a methanol conversion of 98.5%, and a gross electrical efficiency (based on the HHV) of the system equal to 21.7%. However, by implementing certain measures, the power output and the electrical efficiency can readily be raised to 11.1 W and 35.5%, respectively.

Keywords:methanol steam reformer, logistic fuel processor, PEM fuel cell, thermal system integration, modeling and optimization, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), fuell cells, proton exchange membranes, fuel processors, methanol steam reforming, heat integrated systems, energy systems modeling
Work type:Article
Typology:1.01 - Original Scientific Article
Organization:FS - Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Publication status:Published
Publication version:Author Accepted Manuscript
Article acceptance date:09.05.2017
Publication date:12.06.2017
Number of pages:Str. 16700-16713
Numbering:Vol. 42, iss. 26
PID:20.500.12556/RUL-126397 This link opens in a new window
ISSN on article:0360-3199
DOI:10.1016/j.ijhydene.2017.05.057 This link opens in a new window
COBISS.SI-ID:15546139 This link opens in a new window
Publication date in RUL:20.04.2021
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Title:International journal of hydrogen energy
Shortened title:Int. j. hydrogen energy
Publisher:Elsevier, Hydrogen Energy Publications LLC
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Licensing start date:12.06.2017

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Keywords:gorivne celice, protonsko prevodne membrane, procesorji goriva, parni reformerji metanola, toplotno integrirani sistemi, modeliranje energetskih sistemov


Funder:Drugi - Drug financer ali več financerjev
Funding programme:NATO
Project number:EAP.SFPP 984738
Name:Science for Peace and Security

Funder:Drugi - Drug financer ali več financerjev
Funding programme:Slovenian Ministry of Defense
Project number:4300-434/2010-1

Funder:Drugi - Drug financer ali več financerjev
Funding programme:Centre of Excellence for Low-Carbon Technologies
Acronym:CO NOT

Funder:ARRS - Agencija za raziskovalno dejavnost Republike Slovenije
Funding programme:P2–0152

Funder:Drugi - Drug financer ali več financerjev
Funding programme:World Federation of Scientists (WFS)

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