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Characterization and Development of Bio-Ethanol Solid Oxide Fuel Cell

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Syed Khalid Imran1

Department of Energy Technology,  Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), 10044, Stockholm, Swedenenggski@hotmail.com

Rizwan Raza, Ghazanfar Abbas

Department of Energy Technology, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), 10044, Stockholm, Sweden; Department of Physics,  COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore 54000, Pakistan

Bin Zhu

Department of Energy Technology,  Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), 10044, Stockholm, Sweden; GETT Fuel Cell AB, Stora Nygatan 33, S-10314, Stockholm, Sweden


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J. Fuel Cell Sci. Technol 8(6), 061014 (Sep 27, 2011) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4004475 History: Received January 09, 2011; Revised March 13, 2011; Accepted June 23, 2011; Published September 27, 2011; Online September 27, 2011

Bio-ethanol based fuel cell is an energy source with a promising future. The low temperature solid oxide fuel cell fed by direct bio-ethanol is receiving considerable attention as a clean and highly efficient for the production of both electricity and high grade waste heat. The comparison of fuel cell performance with different metal-oxide based electrodes was investigated. The power densities of 584 mW cm-2 and 514 mW cm-2 at 520 °C and 570 °C respectively were found. The effect of electrode catalyst function, ethanol concentration on the electrical performance was investigated at different temperature ranged in between 300 °C−600 °C. The effect of deposited carbon on the electrode was investigated by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and scanning electron microscope after testing the cell with bio-ethanol.

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Figure 1

SEM Microstructure analysis of electrolyte

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(a): Micrograph of cell before performance testing 2(b): microstructure of the cell after cell test with bio-ethanol 2(c): EDX analysis after fuel cell performance test

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Figure 3

Fuel cell performance with bio-ethanol at different temperatures



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