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A CFD model to simulate power performance of a solid oxide fuel cell

B. Laoun and M. Belhamel

Centre de Développement des Energies Renouvelables, CDER, B.P. 62, Route de l’Observatoire, Bouzareah, 16340, Algiers, Algeria.

Abstract

Many of today’s industries, including automotive manufacturers, are investing considerable resources in finding and implementing new technologies to replace traditional power production methods in order to stay competitive in future markets. One of these newly emerging technologies is based on hydrogen and fuel cells. The solid oxide fuel cell is one of the most attractive types of fuel cells. Based on numerical simulations, the polarization curve and the electrical power for high temperature solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) are presented. With the aid of a well knows semiphysical equation, that describes gas flow and mass transport flow, the partial differential equations are solved with a CFD COMSOL code. As a result we quantify the performance of a planar SOFC in various pressures and temperatures.

Keywords

Hydrogen, Butler-Volmer equation, Computer Simulation, Electrochemical model, Overpotential.

A CFD model to simulate power performance of a solid oxide fuel cell
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