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Title: Solid-oxide fuel cell system having a fuel combustor to pre-heat reformer on start-up

Abstract

In a solid-oxide fuel cell system, a catalytic reformer unit provides reformate fuel for use by the cells in generating electricity. Both the reformer and the fuel cells require elevated temperatures for satisfactory operation. The reformer unit is provided with a combustion chamber and igniter ahead of the catalytic reformer plates such that, during start-up, fuel/air mixture normally destined for reformation may be ignited in the combustion chamber to provide a hot combustion exhaust which is fed through the catalytic reformer and the anode reformate flow spaces to assist in rapidly bringing the fuel cell system to operating temperature.

Inventors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Delphi Technologies,Inc., Troy, MI (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1531827
Patent Number(s):
7,410,016
Application Number:
10/178,125
Assignee:
Delphi Technologies, Inc. (Troy, MI)
DOE Contract Number:  
FC26-02NT41246
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2002-06-24
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English

Citation Formats

Schumann, David R., Kelly, Sean M., and Haltiner, Jr., Karl J. Solid-oxide fuel cell system having a fuel combustor to pre-heat reformer on start-up. United States: N. p., 2008. Web.
Schumann, David R., Kelly, Sean M., & Haltiner, Jr., Karl J. Solid-oxide fuel cell system having a fuel combustor to pre-heat reformer on start-up. United States.
Schumann, David R., Kelly, Sean M., and Haltiner, Jr., Karl J. Tue . "Solid-oxide fuel cell system having a fuel combustor to pre-heat reformer on start-up". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1531827.
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title = {Solid-oxide fuel cell system having a fuel combustor to pre-heat reformer on start-up},
author = {Schumann, David R. and Kelly, Sean M. and Haltiner, Jr., Karl J.},
abstractNote = {In a solid-oxide fuel cell system, a catalytic reformer unit provides reformate fuel for use by the cells in generating electricity. Both the reformer and the fuel cells require elevated temperatures for satisfactory operation. The reformer unit is provided with a combustion chamber and igniter ahead of the catalytic reformer plates such that, during start-up, fuel/air mixture normally destined for reformation may be ignited in the combustion chamber to provide a hot combustion exhaust which is fed through the catalytic reformer and the anode reformate flow spaces to assist in rapidly bringing the fuel cell system to operating temperature.},
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place = {United States},
year = {2008},
month = {8}
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