A micro-tubular, solid oxide fuel cell stack has been developed and operated under single-chamber conditions. The stack, made of three single-cells, arranged in triangular configuration, was operated between 500 and 700 degrees C with varying methane/air mixtures. The results show that the operating conditions for the stack differ significantly than the single-cell operation reported in our earlier study. The stack operated at 600 degrees C with methane/oxygen mixture of 1.0 gives stable performance for up to 48 h, whereas for the single-cell, this mixing ratio was not suitable. The increase in the inert gas flow rate improves the stack performance up to a certain extent, beyond that; the power output by the stack reduces due to extensive dilution of the reactants. It is concluded that both, the operating conditions and the addition of inert gas, need to be tuned according to the number of cells present within the stack. Copyright (C) 2011, Hydrogen Energy Publications, LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
- Inert gas
- Solid oxide fuel cell