This study presents the performance evaluation of a system consisting of a Solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) and steam turbine where the fuel cell is powered by synthetic gas from municipal solid waste (MSW). Analysis is performed based on first and second laws of thermodynamics. The modelling of the system is done in a flow sheeting software Cycle Tempo®. This work mainly focusses on the effective utilization of solid waste by producing the Syngas from gasification. Syngas after cleaning is supplied to the SOFC along with air. The syngas undergoes internal reforming at the fuel cell producing hydrogen which acts as fuel for SOFC. The influence of various operating parameters such as compressor pressure ratio, turbine inlet temperature (TIT), upon thermal efficiency and specific power output are studied. Exergy destruction of various components of the system are also evaluated. The evaluation results are helpful for making suitable modification of the parameters for obtaining optimum configuration of the system. © Published under licence by IOP Publishing Ltd.