Study of a Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell Combined Heat, Hydrogen and Power System: End-use Application
To address the problem of fossil fuel usage and high greenhouse gas emissions at the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus, using of alternative fuels and renewable energy sources can lower energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Biogas, produced by anaerobic digestion of wastewater, organic waste, agricultural waste, industrial waste, and animal by-products is a potential source of renewable energy. In this work, we have discussed the design of CHHP system for the campus using local resources. An energy flow and resource availability study is performed to identify the type and source of feedstock required to continuously run the fuel cell system at peak capacity. Following the resource assessment study, the team selects FuelCell Energy DFC1500™ unit as a molten carbonate fuel cell. The CHHP system provides electricity to power the university campus, thermal energy for heating the anaerobic digester, and hydrogen for transportation, back-up power and other needs. In conclusion, the CHHP system will be able to reduce fossil fuel usage, and greenhouse gas emissions at the university campus.
T. A. Hamad et al., "Study of a Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell Combined Heat, Hydrogen and Power System: End-use Application," Case Studies in Thermal Engineering, Elsevier, Jan 2013.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.csite.2013.09.001
Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
CHHP System; a Molten Carbonate; Anaerobic Digestion; Renewable Energy
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