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Exergy Analysis of a Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell, Gas Turbine, Steam Turbine Triple-Cycle Power Plant

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Rebecca Z. Pass, Chris F. Edwards

Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Paper No. IMECE2012-89609, pp. 255-263; 9 pages
  • ASME 2012 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 6: Energy, Parts A and B
  • Houston, Texas, USA, November 9–15, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4522-6
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


In an effort to make higher efficiency power systems, several joint fuel cell / combustion-based cycles have been proposed and modeled. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has recently built such a system with a solid-oxide fuel cell gas turbine plant, and is now working on a variant that includes a bottoming steam cycle. They report their double and triple cycles have LHV efficiencies greater than 52% and 70%, respectively. In order to provide insight into the thermodynamics behind such efficiencies, this study attempts to reverse engineer the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries system from publicly available data. The information learned provides the starting point for a computer model of the triple cycle. An exergy analysis is used to compare the triple cycle to its constituent sub-cycles, in particular the natural gas combined cycle. This analysis provides insights into the benefits of integrating the fuel cell and gas turbine architectures in a manner that improves the overall system performance to previously unseen efficiencies.

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