The Modelica Fuel Cell Library is used to model, simulate, analyze and control fuel cell design, especially for PEMFC (Polymer Electrolyte Membrane) and SOFC (Solid Oxide) systems.
It contains the essential components needed to research, design and configure fuel cell systems, including components, subsystems, templates and media.
The flexibility of the tool, the extended code, and examples implemented in the library make it easy to get started and useful in a wide range of applications.
In the figure above natural gas, water and air are fed to a fuel preprocessor where the components are mixed, pre-heated and reformed into syngas suitable as fuel for the SOFC stack. The reformed gas is fed to the anode side of a 5 kW SOFC stack, hot air is fed to the cathode side. The stack in this examples contains three substacks with a total of 50 cells. Reforming reactions are taking place in the anode channel of each substack so that more hydrogen gas is generated. The hydrogen reacts with oxygen in the cell membrane, which gives rise to a electrical current through the stack.
The Modelica Fuel Cell Library is a valuable tool for all industries that work with fuel-cell stacks and PEMFC and SOFC systems, including manufacturers, operators, consultancy companies and universities.
The main applications cover aerospace, automotive och power generation. Typical challenges are: system design, fast dynamics due to reactions and start-up sequence.
Both detailed systems and real-time simulations are possible with the Fuel Cell Library.