A novel direct carbon fuel cell concept

John Thomas Sirr Irvine, LB Lakeman, KD Pointon, SL Jain

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This paper describes a direct carbon fuel cell (DCFC) based on a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) system which has been used to assess the performance of a high surface area carbon fuel material. The cell, consisting of a co-fired anode, electrolyte, and cathode, has been produced by standard tape casting methods and is of tubular geometry. The operating conditions of the cell require a 62 mol% Li2CO3 and 38 mol% K2CO3 eutectic secondary electrolyte and the operation of the cell is described over the temperature range 525-700 degrees C. The cell performance has been examined by standard electrochemical methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-282
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Fuel Cell Science and Technology
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2007


  • molten carbonate
  • direct carbon fuel cells
  • SOFC


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