Ammonia as Promising Fuel for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells: Experimental Analysis and Performance Evaluation

Bernhard Stöckl, Michael Preininger, Vanja Subotić, Hartmuth Schröttner, Peter Sommersacher, Michael Seidl, Stefan Megel, Christoph Hochenauer

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In the course of this study the direct utilization of ammonia in different types of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), such as anode- and electrolyte-supported SOFC, is investigated. Experiments in low fuel utilization, exhibited excellent performance of ammonia in SOFCs, although the power outputs of equivalent hydrogen/nitrogen fuels were not attained due to the incomplete endothermic ammonia decomposition. Next, the single cells were operated under high fuel utilization conditions and methane was added to the humidified ammonia stream, where they showed excellent ammonia- and methane conversions. The stability of the cells used was proven over a period of at least 48 hours with a variety of fuel mixtures. Post mortem scanning electron microscopy analysis of the anode micro-structures indicated nitriding effects of nickel, as microscopic pores and enlargements of the metallic parts occurred. Finally, a long-term test over 1,000 hours was carried out using a ten-layer stack consisting of electrolyte-supported cells.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1601-1610
Number of pages10
JournalECS Transactions
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2019
Event16th International Symposium on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC-XVI)
- Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 8 Sept 201913 Sept 2019

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