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Electrode kinetics of the NiO porous electrode for oxygen production in the molten carbonate electrolysis cell (MCEC)
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemical Engineering and Technology, Applied Electrochemistry.
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemical Engineering and Technology, Applied Electrochemistry.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9203-9313
KTH, School of Chemical Science and Engineering (CHE), Chemical Engineering and Technology, Applied Electrochemistry.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2268-5042
2015 (English)In: Faraday discussions (Online), ISSN 1359-6640, E-ISSN 1364-5498, Vol. 182, 493-509 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The performance of a molten carbonate electrolysis cell (MCEC) is to a great extent determined by the anode, i.e. the oxygen production reaction at the porous NiO electrode. In this study, stationary polarization curves for the NiO electrode were measured under varying gas compositions and temperatures. The exchange current densities were calculated numerically from the slopes at low overpotential. Positive dependency on the exchange current density was found for the partial pressure of oxygen. When the temperature was increased in the range 600-650 degrees C, the reaction order of oxygen decreased from 0.97 to 0.80. However, there are two different cases for the partial pressure dependency of carbon dioxide within this temperature range: positive values, 0.09-0.30, for the reaction order at lower CO2 concentration, and negative values, -0.26-0.01, with increasing CO2 content. A comparison of theoretically obtained data indicates that the oxygen-producing reaction in MCEC could be reasonably satisfied by the reverse of oxygen reduction by the oxygen mechanism I, an n = 4 electron reaction, assuming a low coverage of oxide ions at high CO2 content and an intermediate coverage for a low CO2 concentration.

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Royal Society of Chemistry, 2015. Vol. 182, 493-509 p.
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Chemical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-177977DOI: 10.1039/c5fd00011dISI: 000364153200027PubMedID: 26211875ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84946561934OAI: diva2:876033

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Available from: 2015-12-02 Created: 2015-11-30 Last updated: 2016-04-20Bibliographically approved
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1. Molten carbonate fuel cells for electrolysis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Molten carbonate fuel cells for electrolysis
2016 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The molten carbonate fuel cell has evolved to current megawatt-scale commercial power plants. When using the fuel cell for electrolysis, it provides a promising option for producing fuel gases such as hydrogen and syngas. The cell can thereby operate reversibly as a dual energy converter for electricity generation and fuel gas production. The so-called reversible molten carbonate fuel cell will probably increase the usefulness of the system and improve the economic benefits.

This work has investigated the performance and durability of the cell in electrolysis and reversible operations. A lower polarization loss is found for the electrolysis cell than for the fuel cell, mainly due to the NiO electrode performing better in the MCEC. The stability of the cell in long-term tests evidences the feasibility of the MCEC and the RMCFC using a conventional fuel cell set-up, at least in lab-scale.

This study elucidates the electrode kinetics of hydrogen production and oxygen production. The experimentally obtained partial pressure dependencies for hydrogen production are high, and they do not reasonably satisfy the reverse pathways of the hydrogen oxidation mechanisms. The reverse process of an oxygen reduction mechanism in fuel cell operation is found to suitably describe oxygen production in the MCEC.

To evaluate the effect of the reverse water-gas shift reaction and the influence of the gas phase mass transport on the porous Ni electrode in the electrolysis cell, a mathematical model is applied in this study. When the humidified inlet gas compositions enter the current collector the decrease of the shift reaction rate increases the electrode performance. The model well describes the polarization behavior of the Ni electrode when the inlet gases have low contents of reactants. The experimental data and modeling results are consistent in that carbon dioxide has a stronger effect on the gas phase mass transport than other components, i.e. water and hydrogen.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2016. 57 p.
TRITA-CHE-Report, ISSN 1654-1081 ; 2016:18
Durability, electrode kinetics, gas phase mass transport, molten carbonate electrolysis cell, molten carbonate fuel cell, performance, reversible.
National Category
Chemical Sciences
Research subject
Chemical Engineering
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-185433 (URN)978-91-7595-928-3 (ISBN)
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2016-05-20, Kollegiesalen, Brinellvägen 8, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)

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Available from: 2016-04-20 Created: 2016-04-18 Last updated: 2016-04-20Bibliographically approved

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