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Energy development research

The project aimed to develop the technology for a direct internal reforming (DIR) molten carbonate fuel cell (MCFC) power plants, to enable electricity production and co-generation. The technology had to be demonstrated in a 10 kW stack, scaled-up from a proven 1 kW unit. The results of the project would enable proper specifications for DIR-MCFC power plants in the sub-MW range to be achieved, and their efficiency, operating procedures and operational lifetime to be realistically estimated.

MCFCs normally require a supply of hydrogen. This is typically obtained from steam reforming of natural gas to produce electricity at high temperatures. The steam-reforming process is performed internally within the fuel cell and waste heat can also be re-used to convert natural gas into hydrogen. This produces large cost reductions and improvements in the overall efficiency of the MCFC. p


Cornelis Antoon Maria VAN DER KLEIN, (ECN Clean Fossil Fuels Business Unit Manager )
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Record Number: 22240 / Last updated on: 1999-05-08
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Collaboration sought: Joint venture agreement, Marketing agreement, Financial support, Manufacturing agreement, Further research or development support, Information exchange/Training, Licence agreement