Accession Number : ADA143402


Title :   Fuel Cell Power Systems for Navy Applications


Descriptive Note : Final rept. Oct 81-Nov 82


Corporate Author : NAVAL CIVIL ENGINEERING LAB PORT HUENEME CA


Personal Author(s) : Major, W R ; Miles, C R


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a143402.pdf


Report Date : May 1984


Pagination or Media Count : 75


Abstract : A fuel cell power plant can supply both thermal and electrical energy to a site load. The technical and economic attractiveness of using a fuel cell system for a given application depends on many factors such as: satisfying load requirements, reliability, local energy costs, and capital costs. Satisfying site load requirements cost effectively requires a properly sized fuel cell system operating in its optimum mode. A computer program was developed to simulate the dynamic input/outputs of the fuel cell system (fuel cell, auxiliary boiler, thermal storage, electrical grid) and evaluate the separate system operational costs. Using the computer simulation in an iterative method, the optimum operational mode and size of the fuel cell and thermal storage can be estimated. A life-cycle-cost analysis for a given application can be performed using current manufacturer hardware costs and energy input/output data generated from the computer simulation. (Author)


Descriptors :   *POWER SUPPLIES , *FUEL CELLS , COMPUTER PROGRAMS , OPTIMIZATION , NAVY , ENERGY , COSTS , RELIABILITY , ELECTRICITY , HEAT , ENERGY STORAGE , DIGITAL SIMULATION , ELECTRICAL LOADS


Subject Categories : Electric Power Production and Distribution


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE