PROJECT TITLE: Computational Fluid Dynamics Modelling of PEM Electrolyzers
PhD period: 2016.01.01 – 2018.12.31.
Section: Fluid Mechanics and Combustion
Research Programme: Fuel Cell and Battery Systems
Supervisor: Søren Knudsen Kær
Co-Supervisor: Anders Christian Olesen
Collaborators: The project is part of the e-STORE consortium and will be carried out in close collaboration with IRD Fuel Cells (www.ird.com) and AVL, Austria (www.avl.com).
Funding: Innovation Fund Denmark.
Water electrolysis will play a key role in the future renewable energy system to facilitate storage of intermittent renewable energy from wind and sun. The focus of the project is to further develop an existing computational fluid dynamics based PEM electrolyzer model. The model should address the most important processes determining cell performance including electrochemistry, two-phase flow, heat and mass transfer. During the project the most critical sub-models should be identified and improved which could include a multi-stage electrochemical reaction mechanisms and/or further refinements of the two-phase flow modelling approach. The model should be demonstrated and validated using already available data and new data generated through this project in collaboration with an experimental PhD at Aalborg University and the external partners.
Publications in journals and conference papers may be found at VBN.