Direct solid oxide fuel cell operation using a dimethyl ether/air fuel mixture

E. Perry Murray*, S. J. Harris, J. Liu, S. A. Barnett

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The electrochemical performance of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) operating directly with pure dimethyl ether (DME), DME + air, and DME + N 2 was studied for temperatures ranging from 550 to 650°C. The power densities achieved for DME + air operation at 550°C were approximately 70 and 112% greater than those for pure DME and DME + N 2, respectively. Kinetic modeling and mass spectrometry data indicated adding oxygen (via air) to DME promoted decomposition into primarily H2, CO, and CH4. The increased performance achieved for SOFCs utilizing the DME + air fuel mixture was attributed to oxygen promoted decomposition of DME.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)A531-A533
JournalElectrochemical and Solid-State Letters
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 7 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrochemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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