Investigation of a solid oxide fuel cell in a residential furnace during rapid thermal cycling

Ryan J. Milcarek, Mengyuan Chu, Jeongmin Ann

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Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFCs) have been proposed for Combined Heat and Power applications, but suffer from slow startup and limited cycling. In this work the heat exchanger of a residential furnace is modified and a SOFC stack is integrated in the combustion process. Specifically, the SOFC generates electricity by electrochemically oxidising remainingfuel in the combustion exhaust. The SOFC stack is thermal cycled as the residential furnace undergoes 200 on/off cycles. A rapid startup rate of 215° C/ min and a rapid cool down rate of 205° C/ min are achieved. The stack produces a high power density exceeding 150 mW/cm2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASHRAE Transactions - 2019 ASHRAE Annual Conference
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781947192355
StatePublished - 2019
Event2019 ASHRAE Annual Conference - Kansas City, United States
Duration: Jun 22 2019Jun 26 2019

Publication series

NameASHRAE Transactions


Conference2019 ASHRAE Annual Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityKansas City

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical Engineering


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