The present work deals with the modelling, simulation and model validation of a biogasfed tri-reformer followed by a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) for power generation, and a furnace for pre-heating of the stream entering the system. In order to predict results on a micro-scale plant, the PRO/II (R) software was used for the simulation of the tri-reforming process, while ad-hoc models were developed for the SOFC and the furnace. Experimental results were outlined in a previous work [Lo Faro M, Vita A, Pino L, Arica AS. Performance evaluation of a solid oxide fuel cell coupled to an external biogas tri-reforming process. Fuel Processing Technology 2013; 115:238-45]. The overall system model was validated with the experimental data carried out with a laboratory scale equipment. The performance achieved on the simulated micro-scale plant was low, due to the modelled experimental conditions; nonetheless, the inherent flexibility of the model allows its application in the assessment of larger systems operating in real conditions.

Biogas-fed solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) coupled to tri-reformingprocess: Modelling and simulation

MANENTI, FLAVIO;PELOSATO, RENATO;LEON GARZON, ANDRES RICARDO;DOTELLI, GIOVANNI;
2015-01-01

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The present work deals with the modelling, simulation and model validation of a biogasfed tri-reformer followed by a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) for power generation, and a furnace for pre-heating of the stream entering the system. In order to predict results on a micro-scale plant, the PRO/II (R) software was used for the simulation of the tri-reforming process, while ad-hoc models were developed for the SOFC and the furnace. Experimental results were outlined in a previous work [Lo Faro M, Vita A, Pino L, Arica AS. Performance evaluation of a solid oxide fuel cell coupled to an external biogas tri-reforming process. Fuel Processing Technology 2013; 115:238-45]. The overall system model was validated with the experimental data carried out with a laboratory scale equipment. The performance achieved on the simulated micro-scale plant was low, due to the modelled experimental conditions; nonetheless, the inherent flexibility of the model allows its application in the assessment of larger systems operating in real conditions.
Biogas; Modelling; Plant integration; SOFC; Tri-reforming; Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment; Fuel Technology; Condensed Matter Physics; Energy Engineering and Power Technology
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