Durable, location independent, environmental-friendly sources of energy which allow for modular, few moving parts, low operating noise, high electricity generation efficiency and compact technology are highly desirable. One such technology is the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC), since it is energy efficient and, if pure hydrogen is used, has virtually no emissions of greenhouse gases except water and heat. However, the technology is still in the early phases of development due to lack of a design for single hydrogen fuel cells, and problems with hydrogen production and storage. In this study, attention is given to the design of all year round operation home SOFC generator recovering its waste heat and integrated with photovoltaic panels supplying energy to split reversible water into hydrogen and oxygen. The experimental results have demonstrated a remarkable improvement on generation efficiency, lower noise, possibility of achieving hydrogen economy and therefore clean environment.
Stephen Airewe Adavbiele, Ambrose Alli University, Nigeria
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