Experimental Evaluation of SOFC System Exposed to Marine Inclination Conditions

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Marine actors are showing an increased interest in the application of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) for deep sea shipping, because of their high conversion efficiency, low pollutant emissions, and fuel flexibility. However, it is unknown how the operation of SOFC systems is affected by large inclinations and motions, which can be present in ships for instance by seawaves. The goal of this research is to evaluate the influence of static and dynamic inclinations on the operation and safety of SOFC systems. Ship motions are emulated using a one-axial oscillation platform up to 30 degrees of inclination. The SOFC system was successfully operated on the platform and demonstrated stable power production under a variety of test conditions without any noticeable safety hazards. The results of the experiments are used to propose design improvements for marine SOFC systems, ultimately contributing to reduce the emissions of the shipping industry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)687-698
JournalECS Transactions
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event18th International Symposium on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC-XVIII) - Boston, United States
Duration: 28 May 20232 Jun 2023

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