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High Temperature Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Lab

High Temperature Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Lab

The high temperature hydrogen and fuel cell lab is equipped to test fuel cells and electrolysers operating up to 1100 °C and up to 10 bar.

The lab has access to a range of standard gasses (H2, O2, CO, CO2, CH4, Ar, He) and the possibility to operate safely with poisonous gasses such as NH3 and H2S. State-of-the-art rigs are available for testing single cells and short stacks, as well as individual components and materials. The cell test rigs are compatible with both tubular and planar cell configurations. Lab operators have experience with cells based on the solid oxide, proton ceramic and molten carbonate technologies. 

The high temperature lab is located in Forskningsparken in Oslo.

Fuel cell and electrolyser test stations

Cell type Planar or tubular
Planar cell size 5x5 cm2 to 10x10 cm2
Single cell/stack Single cell
Pressure 0-10 bar
Humidity control 90 °C dewpoint (max.)
Cathode flow < 4 L/min
Anode flow < 2 L/min
Load bank 1300 W, 50 V, 250 A
Power supply 1320 W, 6 V, 220 A

One of these test stations is available for testing with H2S and NH3

 

Test station for short stacks (Greenlight X100)

Cell type Planar
Single cell/stack Short stack (~ 10 cells)
Pressure 0-3 bar
Humidity control 90 °C dewpoint (max.) and direct injection
Cathode flow < 40 L/min
Anode flow < 20 L/min
Load bank 1400 W, 50 V, 250 A
Power supply 5000 W, 30 V, 167 A

 

 

 

 


ProboStat test units for single cells

Cell type Planar or tubular
Planar cell size Ca. Ø 2 cm ("button cell")
Single cell/stack Single cell
Pressure 0-20 bar
Humidity control 3 % (typically)
Cathode flow < 0.2 L/min
Anode flow < 0.1 L/min
Load bank ~ 40 W
Power supply ~ 40 W

 


Other equipment

  • Potentiostats/galvanostats and data loggers (Gamry R3000)
  • Frequency response analysers for electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (Solatron 1260, 1287+1255B)
  • LabVIEW software for control, data management and automatization
  • H2, CO and H2S sensors for safe operation and automatic shut-down in case of leaks
  • Gas analysis by gas chromatography (GC) and mass spectrometry (MS)
  • Rubotherm thermogravimetric analyser that can be operated up to 1000C ° and 30 bar. 

Materials characterization
The high temperature lab is co-located with the Materials Physics group at SINTEF and has access to state-of-the-art equipment for materials characterization.

 

Published 20 November 2020
Research Scientist
411 07 628

Contact

Contact: Einar Vøllestad 

High Temperature Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Lab
Address: Gaustadalléen 21, Olso