A novel design of solid oxide electrolyser integrated with magnesium hydride bed for hydrogen generation and storage – A dynamic simulation study

Bin Chen, Haoran Xu, Houcheng Zhang, Peng Tan, Weizi Cai, Meng Ni

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Dynamic simulation results show that it takes 1950 s to fully charge the MH section with a 56% H2storage efficiency without any flow recirculation, when the electrolyser is operated at 1.4 V and 4 atm, yielding a current density of 4956.40 A/m2. The evolution of temperature, H2partial pressure and reaction of Mg powder through the charging process are analysed. It is found that the exothermic H2absorption process of MH section can enhance the performance of the electrolysis process of SOEC section. The effects of operating parameters including operating pressure, electrolysis voltage, and cooling air temperature on the performance of the novel design are investigated by sensitivity studies. Results show that it is beneficial to operate the electrolyser at elevated pressure for shorter absorption time and higher H2storage efficiency. Increasing the operating voltage can shorten the absorption time, but lower H2storage efficiency. An optimal cooling air temperature is found at 521 K when the electrolyser is operated at 1.4 V and 4 atm.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)260-272
Number of pages13
JournalApplied Energy
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • Dynamic simulation
  • Hydrogen storage
  • Metal hydride
  • Solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Energy(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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