Study of Combined Heat, Hydrogen and Power System Based on a Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell Fed by Biogas Produced by Anaerobic Digestion


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 DFC1500TM unit as a MCFC. 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. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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Anaerobic Digestion; Combined Heat; Hydrogen and Power; Hydrogen from Renewable Energy; Production and Use; Renewable Energy; Tri-Generation

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