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Development of reformed ethanol fuel cell system for backup and off-grid applications - system design and integration

: Koski, Pauli; Pulkkinen, Valtteri; Auvinen, Sonja; Ihonen, Jari; Karimäki, Henri; Keränen, Timo; Ryden, Agnes; Tingelöf, Thomas; Limonta, Stefano; Croci, Diego; Fracas, Paolo; Wichert, Martin; Kolb, Gunther; Magalhaes, Roberto; Relvas, Frederico; Boaventura, Marta; Mendes, Adelio


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-; IEEE Power Electronics Society:
Powering the software defined network. INTELEC 2016, IEEE International Telecommunications Energy Conference : Renaissance Austin, Austin, Texas, USA, October 23-27, 2016
Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-5090-1878-9
ISBN: 978-1-5090-1877-2
ISBN: 978-1-5090-1876-5
8 pp.
International Telecommunications Energy Conference (INTELEC) <38, 2016, Austin/Tex.>
European Commission EC
FP7-JTI; 621218; PEMBeyond
PEMFC system and low-grade bioethanol processor unit development for back-up and off-grid power applications
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer ICT-IMM ()
hybrid power systems; telecommunication network reliability; distributed power generation; fuel cells; ethanol; energy conversion; hydrogen; fuel processing industries; chemical engineering; batteries; research and development

This work presents a crude bioethanol fueled integrated power system for backup and off-grid applications. The system is based on ethanol steam reformation to hydrogen that is used in polymer electrolyte fuel cells to produce electricity. We introduce the system design and overall system specifications, and report the experimental process of defining specifications for the produced hydrogen quality, a key variable affecting the final system cost, efficiency and durability. Results from development of individual subsystems are also presented together with discussion on the complete system integration.