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Fuel Cell Integrated Energy System for Residential and Commercial Applications

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William E. Simon, Terrence L. Chambers, John L. Guillory, Varaprasad Ventrapragada, Tanuj Gulati

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Jeremy R. Angelle

Frank’s Casing Crew

Paper No. IMECE2005-81784, pp. 143-149; 7 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Advanced Energy Systems
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Advanced Energy Systems Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4211-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


Until recently the cost of fuel cells for terrestrial applications was prohibitive. Recently, several companies have begun developing high-performance, long-life and cost-effective fuel cell systems, and commercial units are now becoming available for stationary power generation. These systems can often be operated in conjunction with other energy systems to increase overall operational efficiency. A recent technology demonstration project at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette involved the installation, operation and analysis of a fuel cell and a desiccant dehumidification system, which is considered a good combination for the hot, humid climate of the U.S. Gulf coast. The three-year project involved technology assessment, hardware selection and procurement, installation, and operation of the two systems, followed by a performance analysis. The results were reported in a regional symposium. This paper describes the project, focusing on system operation and the results obtained, and predicts future possibilities for integrated energy systems of this type.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME
Topics: Fuel cells



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