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A case study analysis of system efficiency, viability and energy values of SOFC based fuel cell Micro-CHP for office buildings

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Alem Tesfai, A. Mylona, Paul Alexander Connor, Mark Cassidy, John Thomas Sirr Irvine

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Abstract

The built environment is a large contributor to the greenhouse gas emissions. The first step in tackling environmental impact and fuel cost reduction is the minimization of energy losses through introduction of new and more efficient energy conversion technologies. In this study, the potential application of fuel cell micro-CHP in a typical office building is investigated. A 1.5 kWel fuel cell micro-CHP has been installed in an office building at CIBSE headquarters (HQ). The unit converts natural gas to electricity, using Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) stack. The installation and data from the operation of the system is discussed. The data shows that the heat recovered from the SOFC stack covers most of the domestic hot water requirement of the office building, requiring minimal top-up from the immersion heater.
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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication14th International Symposium on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, SOFC 2015
EditorsK. Eguchi, S. C. Singhal
PublisherElectrochemical Society
Pages179-186
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781607685395
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventECS Conference on Electrochemical Energy Conversion & Storage with SOFC-XIV - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Jul 201531 Jul 2015

Publication series

NameECS Transactions
PublisherElectrochemical Society
Number1
Volume68
ISSN (Print)1938-5862

Conference

ConferenceECS Conference on Electrochemical Energy Conversion & Storage with SOFC-XIV
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period26/07/1531/07/15

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