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2002-03 Seminars


Solid Oxide fuel cells - An engineering economic analysis

Anshu Bharadwaj

Center for Energy and Environmental Studies,
Dept of Engineering and Public Policy,
Carnegie Mellon University

Abstract

This presentation discusses the present state of technology of SOFCs for stationary power generation. Process models are developed for SOFC power plants to predict performance for different cycle design options, including those proposed by Dept of Energy's Vision 21 program such as SOFC - gas turbine hybrids. The presentation also discusses the issues in design of a cell. A finite difference computational model is developed to study the impact of cell dimensions on cell performance and costs.