If you are going through a concept or development phase in your system design and looking for ways to optimise productivity and efficiency, you may need to look into Process Simulation (PS) as a tool.
PS is a tool that is regularly used in (but not limited to) chemical and process industries. Regardless of the application under study (mobile or stationary), PS can simulate and optimise systems under development based on targets specified. For example, it can be applied to increase electrical and thermal efficiency of a system, reduce cost and the number of components (i.e., heat exchangers), etc.
If a system includes components such as power generators (ex. fuel cells, solar panels, turbines), heating/cooling units (ex. burners, boilers, heat exchangers), industrial processes (ex. methane reforming, ammonia cracking) or others, PS combines the thermodynamic operations of these components in order to achieve an optimal outcome.
The following figure is a simplified diagram of a high temperature fuel cell system with some of its key components. Thermodynamic simulation performed by the PS tool generates valuable information regarding system layout; for example, composition and temperature of the fuel mixture after the fuel processor, temperature of the cathode air before entering the stack, temperature and gas composition after the burner, etc.
EH Group has developed software called the FC Application. This is a mobile app, the concept behind is a simple process simulation for various industrial components mainly fuel cells. More information can be found on the next page.
EH Group can provide you with advice on how to best deploy Process Simulation for your project.