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Simulation Study on a Hybrid Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC)–Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG)–Gas Turbine in IGCC Power Plant

[+] Author Affiliations
Souman Rudra, Soonil Lee, Hyung Taek Kim

Ajou University, Suwon, Korea

A. S. M. Sayem

Hokkaido University, Japan

S. K. Biswas

CUET, Chittagong, Bangladesh

Paper No. ES2009-90084, pp. 71-80; 10 pages
  • ASME 2009 3rd International Conference on Energy Sustainability collocated with the Heat Transfer and InterPACK09 Conferences
  • ASME 2009 3rd International Conference on Energy Sustainability, Volume 2
  • San Francisco, California, USA, July 19–23, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Advanced Energy Systems Division and Solar Energy Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4890-6 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3851-8
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


The fuel cell model developed to this research is based on a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) integrated with a heat recovery steam generator (HRSG), a gas turbine (GT) and a steam turbine (ST). Three possible technological approaches are compared to suggest the desirable combine cycle. First approach indicates the generation of the required steam in the coupled SOFC and gas turbine cycle. Then the exhaust gas from gas turbine involves driving the HRSG. And the last one involves of using exhaust gases in the HRSG which drives the steam turbine by producing steam for additional power works. To achieve the more efficient conversation of the thermal energy to power output, the component design mainly HRSG and steam turbine have to be made in a great concern. And HRSG is considered as a triple pressure for the taken model. This article is also delineated the analysis of coal fed instead of normal methane gas fed, for the reforming power generation based on thermodynamic processes including CO2 Capture. External reforming in SOFC-HRSG plants fueled by high quality coal enhances efficiency due to improved exhaust heat recovery and higher voltage produced by higher hydrogen partial pressure in the anode inlet. For improving the whole cycle efficiency, power output generation from both SOFC and conventional system (steam turbine and gas turbine) are described as combine system. This model is simulated by the ASPEN plus software which is able to provide thermodynamic and parametric analysis to evaluate the effects of various parameters like air flow rate, temperature, pressure and fuel flow rate on the system performance. Some MATLAB simulations are also added to provide strong opinion for this model through this paper.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME



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