Effect of LiCoO2-Coated Cathode on Performance of Molten Carbonate Fuel Cell

Dohyeong Kim, Hyung Tae Kim, Shin Ae Song, Kiyoung Kim, Sung Nam Lim, Ju Young Woo, Haksoo Han

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Molten carbonate fuel cells (MCFCs) are environmentally friendly, large-capacity power generation devices operated at approximately 650oC. If MCFCs are to be commercialized by improving their competitiveness, their cell life should be increased by operating them at lower temperatures. However, a decrease in the operating temperature causes a reduction in the cell performance because of the reduction in the electrochemical reaction rate. The cell performance can be improved by introducing a coating on the cathode of the cell. A coating with a high surface area expands the triple phase boundaries (TPBs) where the gas and electrolyte meet on the electrode surface. And the expansion of TPBs enhances the oxygen reduction reaction of the cathode. Therefore, the cell performance can be improved by increasing the reaction area, which can be achieved by coating nanosized LiCoO2 particles on the cathode. However, although a coating improves the cell performance, a thick coating makes gas difficult to diffuse into the pore of the coating and thus reduces the cell performance. In addition, LiCoO2-coated cathode cell exhibits stable cell performance because the coating layer maintains a uniform thickness under MCFC operating conditions. Therefore, the performance and stability of MCFCs can be improved by applying a LiCoO2 coating with an appropriate thickness on the cathode.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-119
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Electrochemical Science and Technology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Feb

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the New & Renewable Energy Core Technology Program of the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning (KETEP) financial grant from the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy, Republic of Korea [grant number 20163030031860].

Funding Information:
This work was supported by a research grant from the Korea Institute of Industrial Technology.

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© 2022, Korean Electrochemical Society. All rights reserved.

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  • Electrochemistry


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