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System design for stationary power generation

Fuel Cell Technology and Applications

Polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells and systems (PEMFC)

System design and system-specific aspects

  1. F. Barbir

Published Online: 15 DEC 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470974001.f303057

Handbook of Fuel Cells

Handbook of Fuel Cells

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Barbir, F. 2010. System design for stationary power generation. Handbook of Fuel Cells. .

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  1. Proton Energy Systems, Rocky Hill, CT, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2010


The stationary fuel cell system components, function and various design options with respect to application, grid connection, nominal power output, load following, choice of fuel, installation and cogeneration capabilities are discussed. Fuel processor, fuel cell stack design and operation requirements are treated only to an extent they that affect the system design and operation. Efficiency and economics of stationary fuel cell systems are also addressed.


  • fuel cell system;
  • fuel cell stack;
  • fuel processor;
  • power conditioning;
  • grid connection;
  • cogeneration;
  • efficiency;
  • economics