Configuration Development of Autothermal Solid Oxide Fuel Cell: A Review


  • Pannipha Dokmaingam Mae Fah Luang University



Autothermal, SOFC, DIR, IIR.


Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) is typically operated at high temperature. Both electricity and heat are generated during operation. Therefore, SOFC can be efficiently designed to integrate the endothermic reformer with the cell for optimizing heated utilization, as called autothermal operation. However, the mismatch between rate of exothermic electrochemical reaction and endothermic reforming reaction is easily resulted in material cracking of those integrated structure. In order to overcome the thermal mismatch limitation, various approaches for autothermal SOFC configurations have been widely developed; these configurations can be classified into 2 main groups including direct internal reforming (as called DIR-SOFC) and indirect internal reforming (as called IIR-SOFC) operations. This review focuses on the technological progress of these various configurations. In detail, computer simulation technique has been applied to study the thermal behavior inside the autothermal SOFC configurations using various primary hydrocarbon fuels. In addition, the advantage and disadvantage on thermal stress reduction of each configuration are also discussed.


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Author Biography

Pannipha Dokmaingam

School of Health Science, Mae Fah Luang University, Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand


Published In
Vol 19 No 2, Apr 30, 2015
How to Cite
P. Dokmaingam, “Configuration Development of Autothermal Solid Oxide Fuel Cell: A Review”, Eng. J., vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 1-13, Apr. 2015.