ECN publication
Operational experience with micro-CHP residential fuel cell systems
Published by: Publication date:
ECN 1-3-2003
ECN report number: Document type:
ECN-RX--03-006 Conference Paper
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Presented at: AIChE Spring Meeting, New Orleans, USA, 25-29 maart 2003.

The Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) in Petten, is activein many aspects of fuel cell technology. This includes activities in PEM fuel cells and components, SOFC fuel cells and components, fuel processing and fuel cell system design and testing (
The ECN activities are focused on both automotive applications as well as stationary applications. Application of micro-CHP fuel cell technology for residential applications in the Netherlands is a significant part of our activities in the stationary power applications.
In this context, ECN operates two fuel cell systems for the co-generation of heat and power. Both systems operate on natural gas as feedstock and are targeted to European residential applications. Design aspects, modelling and control of a 2 kWe PEMFC system and a 1 kWe SOFC system, together with the main operational characteristics. In addition, the cost aspects and market considerations for the European (Dutch) situation are highlighted.

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