Flame-assisted fuel cells running methane

Kang Wang, Ryan J. Milcarek, Pingying Zeng, Jeongmin Ahn

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In this study, the flame-assisted fuel cell (FFC1) was investigated by using methane/air flames. The confrontation between FFC temperature and fuel concentration at various conditions was investigated which uncovered the complex behavior of FFCs performance. Variations in fuel/air equivalence ratio, fuel flow rate and distance between FFC and burner outlet were studied. A critical distance for FFC placement above the burner outlet was uncovered, which has a significant impact on FFC performance. A high power density of 791 mW cm-2 was achieved which is comparable to the dual chamber solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) and single chamber SOFC. The short-term test exhibited good stability of the FFCs under operation despite the presence of carbon formation on the anode surface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4659-4665
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number13
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Flame
  • Flame-assisted fuel cell
  • Methane
  • Solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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