Development of Thermodynamic, Geometric, and Economic Models for Use in the Optimal Synthesis/Design of a PEM Fuel Cell Cogeneration System for Multi-Unit Residential Applications

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Borja Oyarzábal, Michael W. Ellis, Michael R. von Spakovsky

Center for Energy Systems Research, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 24061e-mail: mwellis@vt.edu

J. Energy Resour. Technol 126(1), 21-29 (May 04, 2004) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.1647130 History: Received February 01, 2003; Revised October 01, 2003; Online May 04, 2004
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PEMFC system configuration (components are identified in Table 1)
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Equilibrium compositions at the outlet of the SR reactor calculated using the SR model (outlet pressure of 3 atm; steam to methane ratio of 3)
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Effect of the number of residences on the optimal PEMFC system costs
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Effect of manufacturing volume on the optimal PEMFC system costs
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Variation of fuel stream composition within the optimal FPS
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Energy end use for the optimal PEMFC cogeneration system




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