SOFC Auxiliary Power In Emissions/Noise Solutions
This project aims to design, optimise and build several 200W mSOFC stacks and to integrate them into hybrid power systems comprising of a fuel cell, a battery and appliances found in a recreational vehicle (RV). Additional components of the system are a gas processor to clean up the autogas propane fuel plus other equipment for electrical, mechanical and control balance of plant (BOP).
The expected impact of this project are as follows:
Create an innovative platform on noise reduction and emissions
Provide several fuel cells for testing optimization and proving
To test long term durability and cycling for obtaining approvals
To disseminate by getting real users to apply the new device and report results across Europe
The impact is expected to be substantial since the general public will be using these RVs.
The project is primarily aimed at the RV platform from Auto sleepers, an SME based in the
UK, but other applications such as boats, ambulances and environmental testing vehicles will also be studied. Propane was chosen for the fuel because of its superior energy density compared to hydrogen and methanol and also because it is the generally preferred fuel for auxiliary systems on RVs, such as cookers, fridges and water heaters. Autogas propane is widely available at fueling stations throughout Europe. The SOFC was chosen because it can convert propane while also providing low noise, low emissions and heat for hot water supply.