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Title: Apparatus for generating a gas which may be used for startup and shutdown of a fuel cell

Abstract

The present invention provides a gas generator that may be used for startup and shutdown of a fuel cell. In one non-limiting embodiment, the gas generator may include a nitrogen generator structured to receive air, extract oxygen (O2) from the air and discharge the balance in the form of a nitrogen-rich gas; a merging chamber structured to receive a hydrocarbon fuel and the nitrogen-rich gas and to discharge a feed mixture containing both the hydrocarbon fuel and the nitrogen-rich gas; and a catalytic reactor structured to receive the feed mixture and to catalytically convert the feed mixture into a reducing gas.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems (US) Inc., North Canton, OH (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1531906
Patent Number(s):
8668752
Application Number:
12/554,460
Assignee:
Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems (US) Inc. (North Canton, OH)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
H - ELECTRICITY H01 - BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS H01M - PROCESSES OR MEANS, e.g. BATTERIES, FOR THE DIRECT CONVERSION OF CHEMICAL ENERGY INTO ELECTRICAL ENERGY
B - PERFORMING OPERATIONS B01 - PHYSICAL OR CHEMICAL PROCESSES OR APPARATUS IN GENERAL B01D - SEPARATION
DOE Contract Number:  
FC26-06NT42809
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2009-09-04
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
30 DIRECT ENERGY CONVERSION; 42 ENGINEERING

Citation Formats

Scotto, Mark Vincent, Birmingham, Daniel P., DeBellis, Crispin L., Perna, Mark Anthony, and Rush, Gregory C. Apparatus for generating a gas which may be used for startup and shutdown of a fuel cell. United States: N. p., 2014. Web.
Scotto, Mark Vincent, Birmingham, Daniel P., DeBellis, Crispin L., Perna, Mark Anthony, & Rush, Gregory C. Apparatus for generating a gas which may be used for startup and shutdown of a fuel cell. United States.
Scotto, Mark Vincent, Birmingham, Daniel P., DeBellis, Crispin L., Perna, Mark Anthony, and Rush, Gregory C. Tue . "Apparatus for generating a gas which may be used for startup and shutdown of a fuel cell". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1531906.
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title = {Apparatus for generating a gas which may be used for startup and shutdown of a fuel cell},
author = {Scotto, Mark Vincent and Birmingham, Daniel P. and DeBellis, Crispin L. and Perna, Mark Anthony and Rush, Gregory C.},
abstractNote = {The present invention provides a gas generator that may be used for startup and shutdown of a fuel cell. In one non-limiting embodiment, the gas generator may include a nitrogen generator structured to receive air, extract oxygen (O2) from the air and discharge the balance in the form of a nitrogen-rich gas; a merging chamber structured to receive a hydrocarbon fuel and the nitrogen-rich gas and to discharge a feed mixture containing both the hydrocarbon fuel and the nitrogen-rich gas; and a catalytic reactor structured to receive the feed mixture and to catalytically convert the feed mixture into a reducing gas.},
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place = {United States},
year = {2014},
month = {3}
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