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HYSYDAYS<br>1st World Congress of Young Scientists on Hydrogen Energy Systems

ISBN:
1-56700-230-7 (Print)

SIMULATION OF MULTI-MW MCFC SYSTEMS

Danilo Marra
Department of Environmental Engineering, University of Genoa Via Opera Pia 15 - 16145 Genova, Italy

Barbara Bosio
Department of Environmental Engineering, University of Genoa Via Opera Pia 15 - 16145 Genova, Italy

Abstract

Today fuel cells are one of the most promising environmentally-friendly technologies for the production of electrical energy.
At the moment many types of fuel cells at different stages of development are being studied. Of these, Molten Carbonate Fuel Cells (MCFCs) have received a great deal of attention in recent years and are now at a pre-commercial stage.
In this work, a preliminary process analysis of multi-MW MCFC systems will be presented referring to the simulation experience of the Department of Environmental Engineering of the University of Genoa (DIAM) and Ansaldo Fuel Cells S.p.A. (AFCo) technology. The first results of the primary author's PhD thesis on the optimisation of MCFC plant operating conditions will be presented with a discussion about the importance of a proper recycle management in order to guarantee safe MCFC operating conditions. Then, thesis goals will be discussed.
In particular, the attention will be focused on an innovative application: the coupling of MCFC technology with the use of renewable sources.