Direct-alcohol SOFCs: Current-voltage characteristics and fuel gas compositions

K. Sasaki, K. Watanabe, Y. Teraoka

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Power generation characteristics of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) for alcohol-based fuels are measured and compared with those for simulated reformed gas in equilibrium compositions. We demonstrate direct-alcohol SOFCs for methanol, ethanol, propanol, and butanol. Current-voltage characteristics for the methanol-based fuel are comparable to those for the simulated reformed gas at 1000°C because of fast kinetics for thermal decomposition of methanol with H2O. With increasing carbon number of alcohols and/or with decreasing operational temperature of SOFCs, a decrease in cell voltage is observed associated with slower decomposition and/or reforming kinetics of alcohols.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)A965-A970
JournalJournal of the Electrochemical Society
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Electrochemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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