Comparison Between Conventional Design and Cathode Gas Recirculation Design of a Direct-Syngas Solid Oxide Fuel Cell–Gas Turbine Hybrid Systems Part I: Design Performance

DOI: https://doi.org/10.14710/ijred.6.2.127-136

Article Info
Submitted: 26-04-2017
Published: 25-06-2017
Section: Articles

In this paper, a conventional SOFC–GT hybrid system and an SOFC–GT hybrid system with cathode gas recirculation system fuelled with syngas as the main source of energy were analyzed and their performances were compared. In the conventional SOFC–GT hybrid system the incoming air to the cathode is heated at the air recuperator and air preheater to meet the required cathode inlet temperature while in the SOFC–GT hybrid system with cathode gas recirculation, in addition to the air recuperator and air preheater, also the recirculation of the cathode exhaust gas is used to meet the required cathode inlet temperature. The system performances have been analyzed by means of models developed with the computer program Cycle–Tempo. A complete model of the SOFC–GT hybrid system with these two configurations evaluated in terms of energy and exergy efficiencies and their performance characteristics were compared. Simulation results show that the electrical energy and exergy efficiencies achieved in the cathode gas recirculation plant (64.76% and 66.28%, respectively) are significantly higher than those obtained in the conventional plant (54.53% and 55.8%).

Keywords: Solid oxide fuel cell, Gas turbine, Cathode gas recirculation, Exergy.

Article History: Received Feb 23rd 2017; Received in revised form May 26th 2017; Accepted June 1st 2017; Available online

How to Cite This Article: Azami, V, and Yari, M. (2017) Comparison between conventional design and cathode gas recirculation design of a direct-syngas solid oxide fuel cell–gas turbine hybrid systems part I: Design performance. International Journal of Renewable Energy Develeopment, 6(2), 127-136.

https://doi.org/10.14710/ijred.6.2.127-136

  1. Vahid Azami 

    Vahid Azami received his B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of urmia-Iran in 2010. Then, he holds M.Sc degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Urmia University of Technology in 2012. He has been studying as a Ph.D Student in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Mohaghegh Ardabili University from 2012 through now. His major research interests are modeling, analysis and optimization of sustainable and innovative energy systems.
  2. Mortaza Yari 

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