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Title: High performance internal reforming unit for high temperature fuel cells

A fuel reformer having an enclosure with first and second opposing surfaces, a sidewall connecting the first and second opposing surfaces and an inlet port and an outlet port in the sidewall. A plate assembly supporting a catalyst and baffles are also disposed in the enclosure. A main baffle extends into the enclosure from a point of the sidewall between the inlet and outlet ports. The main baffle cooperates with the enclosure and the plate assembly to establish a path for the flow of fuel gas through the reformer from the inlet port to the outlet port. At least a first directing baffle extends in the enclosure from one of the sidewall and the main baffle and cooperates with the plate assembly and the enclosure to alter the gas flow path. Desired graded catalyst loading pattern has been defined for optimized thermal management for the internal reforming high temperature fuel cells so as to achieve high cell performance.
Inventors:
 [1];  [2];  [3]
  1. Sandy Hook, CT
  2. New Milford, CT
  3. Brookfield, CT
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
985415
Assignee:
FuelCell Energy, Inc. (Danbury, CT) NETL
Patent Number(s):
7,431,746
Application Number:
11/030,747
Contract Number:
FC21-95MC31184
Research Org:
FuelCell Energy, Inc. (Danbury, CT)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING