A 50 kW PEMFC pilot plant operated with industry grade hydrogen: System design and site integration

Timo Keränen (Corresponding Author), Henri Karimäki, K. Nikiforow, Samu Kukkonen, Heidi Uusalo, Jaana Viitakangas, Jari Ihonen

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    The chlor-alkali industry produces high amounts of hydrogen as a by-product of processes based on electrolytic cells. In order to improve the process' efficiency, plant operators seek ways to utilize this potential and fuel cells offer a sensible solution, producing electricity at high efficiency. PEMFC has already been demonstrated to be successful in this niche market application with a few commercial scale installations. In the DuraDemo project, a 50?kW stationary PEMFC pilot plant has been designed in a publicly funded national project involving partners from different parts of the value chain. The plant serves as an experimental platform for evaluation of BoP and power electronics components, as well as hydrogen quality studies. The system design is targeted to be commercially viable and a large amount of extra instrumentation and experimental monitoring equipment are utilized in the pilot plant to analyze its behavior. The pilot plant is fully automated and capable of independent operation with remote monitoring and data logging capability. The system design of the pilot plant is presented, including BoP component selection and characterization of the main components. Final assembly testing results, integration of the plant at its demonstration site and safety analysis work will be reported.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)701-708
    JournalFuel Cells
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed
    Event4th European PEFC and H2 Forum, 2 - 5 July, 2013, Lucerne, Switzerland -
    Duration: 1 Jan 2014 → …


    • by-product hydrogen
    • demonstration
    • fuel cell system
    • hydrogen quality
    • PEMFC


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