Control of balance of plant components for solid oxide fuel cell systems with sensitivity to carbon formation
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Solid oxide fuel cell systems have the potential to provide efficient, low greenhouse gas emitting power without the availability problems of both wind and solar energy. SOFC systems operate at high temperatures (600 C) in order to reduce ionic transport losses through a ceramic electrolyte. The benefits of the ceramic electrolyte include not requiring platinum based catalysts and a robustness to fuel composition. However such high temperatures create engineering challenges in construction, operation, and durability of the system as a whole. Both fuel and air must be pre-heated prior to ...