Duration record for fuel cell system

System HotModule runs 30, 000 hours

Fuel cell system HotModule © University of Magdeburg
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As the world's first fuel cell system, the HotModule facility at the Magdeburg University Hospital in May 2006 achieved a record operating time of 30, 000 hours, demonstrating that this technology is well on the way to economic power generation.

The HotModule fuel cell system was installed in the University Hospital of Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg in 2002 and operated by IPF Heizkraftwerksbetriebsgesellschaft mbH - as part of a field test funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. Originally, the operating time of the first cell stack was designed to be 20, 000 hours, the HotModule lasted much longer than expected and only went off line after 30, 018 operating hours in May 2006. This set a world record for the lifetime of molten carbonate fuel cell stacks.

Parallel to the operation of the fuel cell plant, a collaborative research project ran from May 2002 to December 2005, coordinated by Dr.-Ing. Kai Sundmacher, Professor of Process Systems Engineering at the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg. In addition to the engineers from the University of Magdeburg, a research group from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems Magdeburg and engineering mathematicians from the University of Bayreuth worked on the project. The aim was to develop new control strategies for fuel cell systems.

This research project provided the opportunity to develop new tools for further basic fuel cell research. The way was paved for more powerful fuel cells with longer maturities. In addition, successes in promoting young scientists have been recorded in the course of this project: The lecture on fuel cell systems took place directly next to the HotModule plant. Doctorates and habilitations in this area have been successfully completed.

The rector of the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Prof. Klaus Erich Pollmann, emphasized the close interaction of basic research and applied research in this project. He emphasized that "universities need to show how important they are to economic development in the country". "The operation of the HotModule fuel cell system is an important milestone for a mature, environmentally friendly system, " says physicist Stefan Rolf, technical director of MTU CFC Solutions GmbH Ottobrunn. display

(University of Magdeburg, 19.06.2006 - NPO)