Fuel cell systems are an innovative technology more and more employed in clean renewable energy applications, able to convert chemical energy from a fuel containing hydrogen into electricity. The wide range of nickel brazed plate heat exchangers offered by Tempco are an ideal solution for this kind of application, allowing space saving due to its compactness, developed in three different series in 9 different sizes.
High performances and reliability of this plate heat exchangers with special plate design fulfill the wide availability and low to very high temperature requirements essential in order to increase the efficiency of Fuel cell systems. Heat exchangers are indeed an essential equipment in several steps of the system:
– Thermal management system (cooling)
– Heat recovery
– Humidity control
– Control temperature in reforming reactions processes
Nickel brazed plate heat exchangers are suitable for Polymeric electrolyte fuel cells (PEMFC), but also for m-CHP (micro Combined Heat & Power) and CCP (Combined Cooling & Power), both for heat recovery during the process and along the thermal and water management of the Fuel cell system, for example in fuel pre-heating and humidity control entering the fuel cell stack. Among the several developments, from residential to industrial processes, a very interesting application of fuel cells is growing in the automotive industry, with the application of Fuel cell systems in electric vehicles for sustainable mobility of the future.