Fuel Cells for Zero Emission Heat and Power - SP4

Senior Project Manager
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SP4 will investigate the use of fuel cell technology, considering the varying requirements of heat and power, H2 management and integration in the offshore energy system.

High efficiency, compact and robust systems fuelled with H2 and/or NH3 will be investigated. Reversible fuel cell technology for production of electricity and pressurization of dry H2 will be developed. Fuel cells may also provide GT back-up supplement power during periods of peak consumption.

Objectives:

  1. Design compact, efficient, lightweight and reliable PEMFC/SOFC multi-module systems and solutions for optimal operation in terms of energy efficiency and lifetime.
  2. Develop reversible SOFC technology to produce electricity, and pressurized H2 for storage and GTs.
  3. Evaluate potential benefits and opportunities for combined/integrated operation of fuel cells and GTs.  

Results 2019

This SP investigates the use of fuel cell technology, considering the varying requirements of heat and power, hydrogen management and integration into the offshore energy system. Specific research includes high-efficiency, compact and robust systems fueled with hydrogen and/or ammonia. The development of reversible fuel cell technology for production of electricity and pressurization of dry hydrogen is planned.

Main objective

The overall objective is to investigate the use of fuel cell technologies on offshore installations, either to replace or hybridise with gas turbines for heat and power supply. The research covers both low and high temperature technologies, respectively PEMFC and SOFC.

Main results

  • Discussions with project stakeholders on applying fuel cells on offshore installations. Identifying initial opportunities and limitations.
  • Test protocols established for detailed characterization and long-term tests of PEMFCs
  • Cell-level performance targets defined for the PCFC technology developed by CoorsTek Membrane Sciences (BaZrO3-based electrolytes)
  • Literature review completed based on key performance indicators for SOFC and PCFC single cells operated in fuel cell, electrolyser and reversible mode.
  • Test protocols established for detailed characterization and long-term tests of cells from CoorsTek (fuel cell and electrolyser mode).

Impact and innovations

The work in 2019 has mainly focused on establishing the basis for further work and development in the centre, i.e. identified key features fuel cells must cover and the current status quo in relevant technologies. In itself the, work has not yet contributed to major overall impact and innovations.

Possible use of fuel cells is to stabilise electricity from wind to offshore installations. Illustration: TechnipFMC