Micro-tubular flame-assisted fuel cells for micro-combined heat and power systems

Ryan J. Milcarek, Kang Wang, Ryan L. Falkenstein-Smith, Jeongmin Ahn

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Currently the role of fuel cells in future power generation is being examined, tested and discussed. However, implementing systems is more difficult because of sealing challenges, slow start-up and complex thermal management and fuel processing. A novel furnace system with a flame-assisted fuel cell is proposed that combines the thermal management and fuel processing systems by utilizing fuel-rich combustion. In addition, the flame-assisted fuel cell furnace is a micro-combined heat and power system, which can produce electricity for homes or businesses, providing resilience during power disruption while still providing heat. A micro-tubular solid oxide fuel cell achieves a significant performance of 430 mW cm-2 operating in a model fuel-rich exhaust stream.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)148-151
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Power Sources
StatePublished - Feb 29 2016


  • Flame-assisted fuel cell
  • Fuel-rich combustion
  • Micro-combined heat and power
  • Micro-tubular solid oxide fuel cell
  • Solid-oxide fuel cell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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