HORIBA supports the development of stationary fuel cells with a wide range of analysis and measurement technologies, including the measurement of impurity gases during fuel reforming, the effects of impurities on fuel cell materials, and the evaluation of overall fuel cell performance.
A stationary fuel cell is a device that generates electricity by reforming city gas or LPG to extract hydrogen (H2) and supply it to a fuel cell. The generated electricity and exhaust heat are supplied to homes, buildings, and factories near the installation site.
As a distributed power generation system for homes, buildings, and factories, the stationary fuel cells are expected to reduce CO2 emissions because of their high efficiency of fuel cell power generation and low transmission loss compared to conventional power generation system. Fuel cells for home use have already been commercialized and in recent years, fuel cells for commercial and industrial use have also begun to spread.
Various types of fuel cells such as SOFC, PEFC, and MCFC (Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell) are used depending on the application of the facility using electricity. For commercial and industrial use, biogas and hydrogen fuel cells are also in practical use.
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In the development of stationary fuel cells, it is necessary to measure impurity gases other than hydrogen during fuel reforming and analyze the effects of these impurities on the fuel cell materials. Furthermore, a comprehensive evaluation of the fuel cell is essential.
Our fuel cell test stations the Evaluator Series are ideal for testing and evaluating fuel cell cells, stacks, and systems for stationary applications. In addition to performance evaluation, durability evaluation and accelerated degradation tests are performed based on high safety standards.
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Fuel Cell Test System Evaluator Series
Stationary fuel cell units that generate electricity with hydrogen from reformed city gas and other substances require desulfurization and CO (Carbon Monoxide) removal before and after the reformer in order to produce hydrogen with fewer impurities, which is necessary for fuel cells.
Real-time gas measurement of impurity gases contributes to equipment development and confirmation of normal operation of stationary fuel cell equipment for commercial and industrial use.
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For monitoring impurity concentration in highly concentrated hydrogen: Trace Gas Analyzer GA-370
Various gas analyzers that measure the concentration of impurity gases such as CO, CO2, and sulfur gases that lead to the life of fuel cells. Also, the water quality analyzers can measure the pH of waste water to determine the detorioration state of fuel cells. They both contribute to fuel cell development.
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For monitoring impurity concentration in highly concentrated hydrogen: Trace Gas Monitor GA-370
For monitoring evolved gases: Multi-Component Gas Analyzer VA-5000 Series
For monitoring pH of wastewater: Micro Volume pH Monitor UP-100 Series
When launching a test building to handle hydrogen, more stringent safety measures are required than before.
Our turnkey solution, a total laboratory construction package, includes ordering multiple contractors, meetings to determine specifications, safety, process and quality control of construction, as well as post-introduction operation, maintenance, and work efficiency, all with an emphasis on safety and ease of use until just before the start of laboratory operations. We can handle the entire construction process on behalf of our busy customers.
Careful risk assessment is also essential for facilities that handle large volumes of high-pressure hydrogen. We have developed a unique risk assessment method that minimizes cost and time, while ensuring safety and security with no omissions.
For example, in fuel cell laboratories where large amounts of hydrogen are handled, three levels of safety design are applied to prevent the risk of hydrogen leakage: 1) no leakage, 2) no accident in case of leakage, and 3) minimizing damage in case of accident.
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HORIBA VA-5000 Multi-component Process Gas Analyzer
High-Sensitive & Continuous Monitoring of Impurities in Hydrogen Gas with the HORIBA GA-370