Development of a dynamic cathode ejector model for solid oxide fuel cell-gas turbine hybrid systems
- Author(s): MacLay, JD
- Brouwer, J
- Samuelsen, GS
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1115/1.4003774
Solid oxide fuel cell-gas turbine (SOFC-GT) hybrid systems are attractive for future power generation with ultra-low criteria pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions. One of the challenges for SOFC-GT systems is to sufficiently pre-heat incoming air before it enters the fuel cell cathode. An ejector for cathode exhaust recirculation has the benefits of reliability, low maintenance, and cost compared to either recuperators or cathode recirculation blowers, which may be also be used for air pre-heating. In this study, a dynamic Simulink model of an ejector for cathode exhaust recirculation to pre-heat incoming fuel cell air has been developed. The ejector is to be utilized within a 100 MW SOFC-GT dynamic model operating on coal syngas. A thorough theoretical development is presented. Results for the ejector were found to be in good agreement with those reported in literature. © 2011 American Society of Mechanical Engineers.