Experimental analysis of SO2 effects on Molten Carbonate Fuel Cells

N. Di Giulio, B. Bosio, J. Han, S. J. McPhail

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The aim of this work is to investigate how SO2 can affect MCFC performance and to discover the possible mechanisms involved in cathode sulphur poisoning, specifically considering the possible use of MCFCs in CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage) application. The different contributions of cathodic, anodic and electrolyte reactions have been considered to get a complete picture of the evolution of performance degradation. Experimental tests have been performed at the Fuel Cell Centre laboratories of Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) thanks to 100 cm2 single cell facilities and comparing results using both an optimized gas for laboratory conditions and a gas composition that simulates MCFCs when running in a Natural Gas Combined Cycle (NGCC) power plant. Polarisation curves, endurance tests, impedance measurements and gas analyses have been carried out to support the investigation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12300-12308
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Hydrogen Energy
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jul 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This Research was carried out in the framework of the Global Research Laboratory Project, funded by the Korean Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (Contract # 2013044581 ), and supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea Grant, funded by the Korean Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (Contract # 2013U00006 ). The Research was also supported by the Scientific Bilateral Cooperation Program between Italy and Korea , supported by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs .

Funding Information:
The interpretation of the experimental data was carried out within the framework of the MCFC-CONTEX project, supported by the European Commission (Contract # 245171 ).


  • Fuel contaminants
  • Molten Carbonate Fuel Cells
  • Performance decay
  • Poisoning mechanism
  • Sulphur dioxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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