Experimental study on operation of diesel autothermal reformer for SOFC system

SOFC 시스템용 디젤 자열개질기 운전을 위한 기초 연구

  • 윤상호 (한국과학기술원 기계공학과) ;
  • 강인용 (한국과학기술원 기계공학과) ;
  • 배중면 (한국과학기술원 기계공학과)
  • Published : 2007.05.30


Diesel is an excellent candidate fuel for fuel cell applications due to its high hydrogen density and well-established infrastructure. But, it is hard to guarantee desirable performance of diesel reformer because diesel reforming has several problems such as sulfur poisoning of catalyst and carbon deposition. We have been focusing on diesel autothermal reforming(ATR) for substantial period. It is reported that ATR of diesel has several technical advantages such as relatively high efficiency and fuel conversion compared to steam reforming(SR) and partial oxidation(POX). In this paper, we investigate characteristics of diesel reforming under various ratios of reactants(oxygen to carbon ratio, steam to carbon ratio) for improvement of reforming performances(high reforming efficiency, high fuel conversion, low carbon deposition). We also exhibit calculated heat balance of autothermal reformer at each condition to help thermal management of SOFC system.