Solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology incorporates electrochemical reactions that generate electricity and high quality heat. The coupling of this technology with gas turbine bottoming cycles, to form hybrid power systems, leads to high efficiency levels. The purpose of this study is to conceptually integrate the hybrid power system with existing and imminent coal gasification technologies through computer simulation. The gasification technologies considered for integration include the Kellogg Brown Root (KBR) Transport Reactor and Entrained Coal Gasification. Parametric studies were performed to assess the effect of changes in pertinent fuel cell stack process settings such as operating voltage, inverse equivalence ratio and fuel utilization will be varied. Power output, system efficiency and costs are the chosen dependent variables of interest. Coal gasification data and a proven SOFC model program are used to test the theoretical integration. Feasibility and economic comparisons between the new integrated system and existing conventional systems are also made.

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