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Improving Methanol Powered Solid Oxide Fuel Cell – Gas Turbine Power Units for Naval Support Vessels through Fuel and Heat Recovery

Kruize, Hendrik J. (2021) Improving Methanol Powered Solid Oxide Fuel Cell – Gas Turbine Power Units for Naval Support Vessels through Fuel and Heat Recovery.

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Abstract:The technology of methanol fuelled Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) is a promising tool to efficiently power naval vessels with alternative fuels and without producing pollutants. However, a standalone SOFC power unit lacks the ability to provide either adequate efficiency or load-following capabilities. Therefore, the configuration of the SOFC system needed to be enhanced to make this power unit suitable for naval applicability. In an iterative process, the functions, requirements, and components of the system are determined, on which concept configurations have been designed. The concepts were assessed and given a score which allowed a choice table to determine which concept is best suited for naval applicability. The scores, weighting factors and assessment parameters have been determined in cooperation with stakeholders. By means of the Simulink® model it was possible to simulate the behaviour of the power unit and characteristics could be observed on which adjustments could be made. The results of this simulation show that it is possible to meet the requirements and the expectations of the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN).
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Clients:
Defensie Materieel Organisatie, Utrecht, Netherlands
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:52 mechanical engineering
Programme:Mechanical Engineering MSc (60439)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/87882
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