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Title: Modelling of a hybrid system for on-site power generation from solar fuels
Authors: Xu, H 
Chen, B 
Tan, P
Sun, Q
MarotoValer, MM
Ni, M 
Keywords: Hybrid system
Numerical simulation
Solar energy
Solid oxide fuel cell
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Pergamon Press
Source: Applied energy, 2019, v. 240, p. 709-718 How to cite?
Journal: Applied energy 
Abstract: Solar fuels, as clean and sustainable fuels, are promising energy sources for future low carbon economy. In this work, a hybrid system consisting of a photoreactor and a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) is proposed for on-site power generation from solar fuels. 2D numerical models are developed for the hybrid system for the first time by coupling the mass/momentum transport with the charge (electrons/ions) transport and the electrochemical/chemical reactions. A peak power density of 2162 W m −2 is achieved from the SOFC at 1073 K operating temperature. However, a rapid drop of the power density is observed at large current density due to the fuel starvation in the anode. The inlet CO 2 mole fraction is found to significantly affect the output power density of the SOFC and CO 2 utilization rate of the photo reactor, where a CO 2 mole fraction of 40% is the optimum value for the studied cases. The results offer insightful information on energy conversion from solar to fuel to power and provide new options for sustainable energy conversion devices.
ISSN: 0306-2619
EISSN: 1872-9118
DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2019.02.091
Rights: © 2019 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (
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