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SOFC.nl Holding B.V. now incorporates energy consultancy activities in field of Waste-to-Fuel (hydrocracking of waste)



Diederik Jaspers & Benno van Dongen

Interesting possibilities arise for wide application of SOFC's in the field of environmental friendly and efficient energy conversion of a range of fossil fuels, bio-fuels as well as renewable hydrogen. Thus, it very well serves the seemless transition from the current fossil energy economy into a sustainable energy economy.


Fuel cells are devices which convert fossile fuel or hydrogen directly into electricity. They can be characterised by the following features:
no moving parts ® quiet and no mechanical wear
high electrical efficiency ® significant CO2 reduction per kWh
extremely environmental friendly - zero emission
low weight
compact
For the above reasons a fuel cell is a common way of electricity generation in US space flight and is successfully applied for decades. The waste product is water which is so pure that it is used as potable water.

For the near future fuel cells are seen as the logical way of continued use of fossile fuels both in a more efficient as in an environmental friendly way of electricity generation. In some types of fuel cells waste heat can also be used (co-generation) even more increasing fuel efficiency. For more general use a diversity of fuel cell types have been developed.

The types with the best chance for market introduction in the near future are:
Solid Polymer Fuel Cell (SPFC) or Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM)
Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC)

1. SPFC or PEM

This type is based on a special type of polymer membrane, serving as the electrolyte. Because of the low operating temperature platinum has to be used as a catalyst.

This fuel cell operates at temperatures well under 100 ° C and uses extremely purified hydrogen as a feed, due to the contaminant sensitivity of the platinum.

This fuel cell type is currently considered for use in automobiles which resulted in a enormous development effort and financial impulse.

De hydrogen feed can be stored in a gas tank as a gas or liquefied state. For some applications this is not a favourable option. For mobile applications, the purified hydrogen could also be produced on-board from conventional fuels using a type of reformer, followed by two CO shift reactors and a (selective) oxidative CO trace removal, see also the rather complex flow sheet:



Optimisation of the efficiency of this rather complex gas pre-treatment, the water management in the cell and the reduction of the material and total equipment costs are currently a great challenge for the development of the SPFC/PEM.
For more general information on fuel cells link to :
U.S. Department of Energy - Types of fuel cells


The fact that SOFC type fuel cells do not require such complex fuel processing steps, but can operate under less strict conditions for the fuel feed, is seen as a major advantage for SOFC's.

We present a novel Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) with Hollow Electrodes and Loose Plates (HELP) which:

has ultra low cost by use of loose stacking of single material elements
has ultra low cost by use of conventional ceramic injection molding manufacturing techniques (CIM)
enables direct internal reforming of fuel feeds (DIR)
solves the cracking and material compatibility problems
related to sinter bonding, common in existing "conventional" SOFC designs
increases reliability with pressure resistant electrode chambers
has a large freedom of material choice
its tubular connectors prevent gas leakages at the manifolds

This site explains how this new Solid Oxide Fuel Cell design solves cracking and material compatibility problems during thermal cycling, shows its electrochemistry and mentions several interesting fields of application. Also it is revealed how a high degree of reliability can be gained and why application of a currently available and thus cost.


About us

Diederik B.C. Jaspers and Benno A.M van Dongen invented this new SOFC design during their Master thesis at Delft University of Technology in the Inorganic Chemistry Faculty of prof. dr. J. Schoonman. In a first seed capital phase the design was patented and the technical feasibility was proven experimentally. After this, the ceramic mass production technology and cell stack were developed in cooperation with Philips/CoorsTek.

We seek investors for building a prototype for demonstrating industrial partner clients who clearly benefit from new fuel cell technology, enhancing their products i.e. in cable, telecom, electric vehicles and domestic heater appliances (micro-CHP).

SOFC-HELP

SOFC.nl Holding B.V. can be contacted by E-mail info@sofc.nl to the attention of: Ir. B.C. (Diederik) Jaspers MBA.


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