mini power station in the cellar: the fuel cell, solution of the future?

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The use of stationary fuel cells is one of the future solutions for district heating: it is an economically favorable technique that makes a significant contribution to the reduction of gas emissions greenhouse. But these electric minicentrales not
become interesting only when they can afford to heat the water of traditional domestic installations. It is however working David Hagar the Institute of Technical Chemistry of the University of Dortmund (North Rhineland - Westphalia).

The first really functional devices the size of a machine has
Washing should appear on the market by 5 years. Until then, these small stationary power plants must provide a similar benefit to conventional installations, that is to say life spans of up to 40 000 hours. To achieve this, Professor Agar conducts research with
with his doctoral student Anja Wick on the economy of hydrogen in fuel cells: they analyze and continually improve the four catalysts involved in natural gas transformation process in hydrogen until the production of hydrogen can be guaranteed for the long period of operation REQUIRED. The objective of the research is to optimize
the catalyst filtering quality so that the hydrogen used as an energy source is as pure as possible.

The facility has a stationary fuel cells are promised a great potential in the market, the excess energy that these small plants produce could be sold on the rest of the network, which increases the profitability of the installation.

- Teacher. Dr. David Agar, Tel: + 49 231 755 2694, E-Mail:
Sources: Depeche IDW, Press release of the University of Dortmund,
Editor: Nicolas Condette,


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