A new test code for fuel cell systems, ASME PTC 50 – Performance Test Code on Fuel Cell Power Systems Performance, is now available from ASME International (American Society of Mechanical Engineers).
The code contains methods and procedures for conducting tests and reporting fuel cell system performance characteristics. It discusses instrumentation commonly used for testing and covers testing techniques and methodologies for calculating and reporting results.
Fuel cells in recent years have emerged as a viable energy option in many power markets. Most fuel cells today are found in distributed generation applications, providing dedicated electrical energy to hospitals, restaurants, schools and other facilities. The current market for fuel cells is $218 million and projected to increase to $2.4 billion by 2004.
Fuel cells convert the energy of a fuel directly into electricity, using an electrochemical energy conversion process rather than combustion. PTC 50 provides consistent guidance for evaluation of fuel cell power systems to determine power output and efficiency.
Users of the new test code include fuel cell developers and their customers, as well as test agencies.
For additional information or to order a copy, contact ASME at (800) 843-2763 or (973) 882-1167 in New Jersey.