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Date/App# patent app List of recent Fuel Cell Stack-related patents
05/19/16
20160141896 
 A segmented fuel cell-battery passive hybrid system patent thumbnailA segmented fuel cell-battery passive hybrid system
An apparatus for supplying electrical energy to a varying load is disclosed. The apparatus comprises fuel cells and energy storage devices.
Imperial Innovations Limited


05/19/16
20160141707 
 Method and components for repairing a ceramic fuel cell stack assembly patent thumbnailMethod and components for repairing a ceramic fuel cell stack assembly
There is disclosed a method and components for repairing a fuel cell stack. In particular, the method and components relate to repairing a high temperature fuel cell stack incorporating ceramic components.
Lg Fuel Cell Systems Inc.


05/19/16
20160141706 
 Components and methods for manufacture and assembly of a fuel cell stack patent thumbnailComponents and methods for manufacture and assembly of a fuel cell stack
A fuel cell stack which is amenable to simple manufacturing processes and is thermally and mechanically compliant. The fuel cell stack reduces the number of components by combing fuel cell tubes to form tube sub-assemblies, the tube sub-assemblies comprising end fittings connected to the fuel cell tubes, the end fittings provided with at least one or preferably a plurality of channels to provide equal distribution of fuel throughout the fuel cell tubes..
Lg Fuel Cell Systems Inc.


05/19/16
20160141705 
 Fuel cell stack assembly patent thumbnailFuel cell stack assembly
There is provided a fuel cell stack assembly being thermally and mechanically compliant. The fuel cell stack comprises fuel feed pipe and fuel outlet pipe, a plurality of bundles of fuel cell tube sub-assemblies, the bundles being separated by an expansion gap to prevent thermal and mechanical stresses propagating from one bundle to an adjacent bundle..
Lg Fuel Cell Systems Inc.


05/19/16
20160141704 
 Manifold block assembly for fuel cell vehicles patent thumbnailManifold block assembly for fuel cell vehicles
A manifold block assembly for a fuel cell vehicle mounted on a fuel cell stack and supplying air and hydrogen to the stack, includes a manifold block in which a hydrogen discharge path connected to a hydrogen line formed in the stack, an air discharge path connected to an air line formed in the stack, and a watertight bulkhead are integrally formed with each other. The manifold block assembly further includes a hydrogen inflow pipe configured to be attached to the manifold block and connected to the hydrogen line formed in the stack.
Kia Motors Corporation


05/19/16
20160141692 
 Improved fuel cell systems and methods patent thumbnailImproved fuel cell systems and methods
The present invention is concerned with improved fuel cell systems and methods. The present invention provides an intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cell (it-sofc) system comprising: (i) at least one fuel cell stack comprising at least one intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cell, and having an anode inlet, a cathode inlet, an anode off-gas outlet, a cathode off-gas outlet, and defining separate flow paths for flow of anode inlet gas, cathode inlet gas, anode off-gas and cathode off-gas; and (ii) a steam reformer for reforming a hydrocarbon fuel to a reformate, and having a reformer inlet for anode inlet gas, a reformer outlet for exhausting anode inlet gas, and a reformer heat exchanger; and defining: (a) an anode inlet gas fluid flow path from a fuel source to said steam reformer to said at least one fuel cell stack anode inlet; (b) an anode off-gas fluid flow path from said at least one fuel cell stack anode off-gas outlet to a fuel cell system exhaust; (c) a cathode inlet gas fluid flow path from an at least one oxidant inlet to said reformer heat exchanger to said at least one fuel cell stack cathode inlet; and (d) a cathode off-gas fluid flow path from said at least one fuel cell stack cathode off-gas outlet to said fuel cell system exhaust; wherein said reformer heat exchanger is a parallel-flow heat exchanger in fluid flow communication with (i) said at least one oxidant inlet and said at least one fuel cell stack cathode inlet, and (ii) said fuel source and said at least one fuel cell stack anode inlet, and is arranged for exchanging heat between said cathode inlet gas and said anode inlet gas..
Ceres Intellectual Property Company Limited


05/19/16
20160141675 
 Fuel cell system and operation control  the same patent thumbnailFuel cell system and operation control the same
A controller updates a lower limit voltage threshold in accordance with the restoration of an fc voltage until the operation status is restored to a normal operation from an operation having low power generation efficiency, such as an intermittent operation and a warmup operation (step s1). The controller increases an fc current in accordance with the updated lower limit voltage threshold (steps s2 and s3) to thereby satisfy both the requirements of the restoration of the output voltage of the fuel cell stack and the improvement of the electric power responsiveness..

05/19/16
20160141666 
 System for controlling low-temperature starting of fuel cell vehicle and  the same patent thumbnailSystem for controlling low-temperature starting of fuel cell vehicle and the same
A system for controlling low-temperature starting of a fuel cell vehicle includes a high-pressure hydrogen flow control valve controlling a flow of hydrogen supplied to a fuel cell stack. A fuel cell controller is configured to change and control an opening rate of the high-pressure hydrogen flow control valve when an internal temperature of the fuel cell stack is a reference value or less.
Hyundai Motor Company


05/19/16
20160141661 
 Air processing system of fuel cell vehicle mounted with integrated valve patent thumbnailAir processing system of fuel cell vehicle mounted with integrated valve
An air processing system of a fuel cell vehicle mounted with an integrated valve includes: the integrated valve attached to an air inlet and an air outlet formed integrally with a fuel cell stack and adjusting amounts of air introduced into and discharged from the fuel cell stack. The integrated valve is positioned at the shortest distance from the fuel cell stack, such that an amount of remaining oxygen that is to be consumed at the time of stopping start of a fuel cell vehicle is minimized.
Hyundai Motor Company


05/19/16
20160141652 
 Fuel cell system patent thumbnailFuel cell system
A fuel cell system, includes: a fuel cell stack that is formed by stacking fuel cells for causing electrochemical reaction of a fuel gas and an oxidizing gas; a fuel gas supply system that is configured to supply the fuel gas to the fuel cell stack from a supply source of the fuel gas; a fuel gas recirculating system that is configured to resupply to the fuel cell stack the fuel gas discharged from the fuel cell stack; and a piping member is configured to connect a junction between the fuel gas supply system and the fuel gas recirculating system with the supply source, the piping member having a bent portion that is curved such that a supply direction of the fuel gas from the supply source is reverse to a flowing direction of the fuel gas toward the junction.. .
Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha


05/19/16
20160141648 

Coolant purification


A fuel cell system comprises an antimicrobial patterned surface. The fuel cell system may comprise a fuel cell stack, a coolant reservoir, and a coolant flow path configured to supply coolant from the coolant reservoir to the fuel cell stack.
Intelligent Energy Limited


05/19/16
20160141637 

Fuel cell separator, fuel cell current collector plate, fuel cell and fuel cell stack


A separator used in a fuel cell is provided, the separator including: a separator main body that includes a fluid flow region through which a reactive gas or a coolant flows, a through-hole through which the reactive gas or the coolant flows, and a connection portion which connects the fluid flow region and the through-hole; and a flow rectifying portion that is arranged by being adhered on the connection portion and that rectifies flow of the reactive gas or the coolant between the fluid flow region and the through-hole, where the flow rectifying portion includes a plurality of protruded portions and a coupling portion which is thinner than the protruded portions and which couples the protruded portions.. .

05/19/16
20160141633 

Fuel cell stack


The fuel cell stack formed by arranging a terminal on both ends of a cell stacked body in which a plurality of cells including a membrane electrode assembly and separators interposing the membrane electrode assembly therebetween is stacked, includes a rust preventive plate which is arranged between a metal separator and a positive electrode terminal on a high potential side of the cell stacked body, and includes a material more noble than that of the separator in the surface.. .

05/12/16
20160133968 

Fuel cell unit


A fuel cell unit has a structure that enables the maximum use of a cell monitor in the height direction (vertical direction), in order to achieve this, the fuel cell unit comprises a fuel cell stack (3) including a cell stack body in which unit cells are stacked; and a cell monitor (6) for monitoring a voltage of the unit cells, wherein the cell monitor (6) is arranged so as to be inclined relative to a vertical direction. The cell monitor is inclined by providing a part of the cell monitor in the vicinity of a heat-generating part in a fuel cell on an opposite side of the heat-generating part relative to a central part in the vertical direction of the cell monitor and providing a part of the cell monitor in an area other than the heat-generating part in the fuel cell on a heat-generating part side relative to the central part in the vertical direction of the cell monitor..
Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha


05/12/16
20160133959 

Control method and system of fuel cell system


A control method and system of a fuel cell system are provided. The control method includes draining the voltage of a fuel cell stack by charging a high voltage battery.
Kia Motors Corporation


05/12/16
20160133958 

Exhaust air guide of a fuel cell stack in a motor vehicle


An exhaust air guide of a fuel cell stack is provided, in particular in a motor vehicle, with a cooling device which belongs to the functional environment of the fuel cell stack and is in the form of a cooler structure through which ambient air flows. At least some of the exhaust air of the fuel cell stack is guided into the cooler structure or behind the cooler structure, as viewed in the direction of flow of the ambient air through the cooler structure, to such an extent that, at the cooler structure, the exhaust air flow brings about an increase in the mass flow of the ambient air through the cooler structure in accordance with the jet pump principle or, at the cooler structure, the exhaust air flow, in accordance with the jet pump principle, brings about a pressure difference conveying at least a portion of the ambient air through the cooler structure..
Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft


05/12/16
20160133957 

Fuel cell stack


A fuel cell stack 11 includes a cell laminate 21 composed of a plurality of stacked cells 20, and air is introduced from an anode end part 21a of the cell laminate 21. The cell laminate 21 has two end cells 24 installed adjacently to a cathode end part 21b side, thereby providing the cathode end part 21b with high thermal insulation properties..
Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha


05/12/16
20160133944 

Catalyst layer with through-holes for fuel cells


The performance of solid polymer electrolyte fuel cell stacks can be improved by incorporating an appropriate set of through-holes in the catalyst layers, and particularly in the cathode catalyst layers. Intaglio methods suitable for manufacturing catalyst layers with through-holes are disclosed..
Daimler Ag


05/05/16
20160126573 

Method for diagnosing current sensor of fuel cell system


A method for diagnosing a current sensor of a fuel cell system includes calculating an estimated duty value of a hydrogen pressure control valve, corresponding to a sensing value of the current sensor, while operating the fuel cell system. The estimated duty value is compared with an actual duty value where the hydrogen pressure control valve is controlled during the operation of the fuel cell system, thereby calculating an error value between the estimated duty value and the actual duty value.
Hyundai Motor Company


05/05/16
20160126569 

Manifold device of fuel cell stack


A manifold device of a fuel cell stack is provided which prevents moisture condensed in gases supplied to the fuel cell stack from excessively flowing into specific cells of the stack by heating gases supplied into the stack using heat of the stack. The manifold device also prevents flooding that is caused by liquid generated in cells disposed away from a gas inlet by removing a flow rate difference of gases generated in respective cells based on distances from the gas inlet of the stack..
Hyundai Motor Company


05/05/16
20160126566 

Fuel cell system


When it is judged that a fuel cell stack is drying up, recovery control is performed. In recovery control, the cathode pressure control valve is controlled so that the cathode pressure becomes an increased cathode pressure, a discharge flow rate of air of a turbocompressor is set to an increased flow rate of air, and a bypass control valve is controlled so that a flow rate of air which is fed to the fuel cell stack is maintained at the requested flow rate of air.
Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha


05/05/16
20160126565 

System and controlling temperature of fuel cell stack


A system and method for controlling a temperature of a fuel cell stack are provided. The method includes performing a pump off mode which turns off the cooling water pump or operates the cooling water pump while reducing the rotation speed of the cooling water pump to be less than the reference rotation speed, when a cooling water outlet temperature is equal to or less than a preset first temperature while a pump normal mode which adjusts a rotation speed of a cooling water pump to be equal to or greater than a preset reference rotation speed and varies rpm based on the cooling water outlet temperature is performed.
Hyundai Motor Company


05/05/16
20160126564 

Ceramic substrate for electrochemical element, manufacturing method therefore, fuel cell, and fuel cell stack


A ceramic substrate for an electrochemical element that includes a ceramic layer and a high-thermal-expansion-coefficient material layer that is laminated on the surface of the ceramic layer. The high-thermal-expansion-coefficient material layer has a higher coefficient of thermal expansion than the ceramic layer, and applies compressive stress to the ceramic layer..
Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd.


04/28/16
20160118678 

Method to reduce pressure when injectors are stuck open under faulted conditions and remedial action to prevent walk-home incident


A method for controlling a fuel cell system, capable of quickly detecting the pressure rise caused by a faulted open anode injector, reducing pressure in the fuel cell stack when the fault occurs, and taking remedial action to allow continued operation of the fuel cell stack, and militate against a walk-home incident.. .
Gm Global Technology Operations Llc


04/28/16
20160118672 

Current collector for fuel cell, and fuel cell stack


In order to reduce corrosion of metal plates of a current collector which is comprised of the stacked metal plates made of different materials, a current collector for a fuel cell is provided, which includes a first metal plate that has a terminal portion and is conductive, and a second metal plate and a third metal plate that are metal plates having a higher corrosion resistance than the first metal plate and pinch the first metal plate therebetween. The current collector includes a first through-hole penetrating the first metal plate, the second metal plate, and the third metal plate, wherein fluid exists in at least either one of between the first metal plate and the second metal plate, and between the first metal plate and the third metal plate, and the first through-hole guides the fluid outside the current collector, and a first seal member blocking an end face of a perimeter of the current collector.
Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha


04/21/16
20160111748 

Oxidation gas discharging structure


An oxidation gas discharging structure is applied to a fuel cell stack that includes an end plate arranged on an end of a fuel cell body. The oxidation gas inside the fuel cell body is discharged to the outside through a through hole extending through the end plate.

04/21/16
20160111738 

Flat plate type solid oxide fuel cell stack unit and flat plate type solid oxide fuel cell stack module


A flat plate type solid oxide fuel cell stack module is obtained by stacking a plurality of flat plate type solid oxide fuel cell stack units. Each of the cell stack unit comprises an anode plate, a cell unit and a cathode plate.

04/21/16
20160111733 

Current collector for fuel cell, fuel cell stack, fuel cell system, and manufacturing fuel cell system


In order to suppress an increase in electric resistance when retrieving electric power collected from a fuel cell stack, a current collector for a fuel cell is provided. The current collector includes a current collecting portion for collecting electric power generated by the fuel cell, and a terminal portion for outputting the power collected by the current collecting portion.

04/14/16
20160104911 

Fuel cell


A fuel cell is provided, which includes a fuel cell stack having a stacked structure in which a plurality of unit cells generating electric power are stacked, terminal plate that is joined to end of the fuel cell stack and collects the generated electric power, and insulating plate disposed outside the terminal plate. The terminal plate is provided with a first gas discharge manifold communicating with an in gas discharge manifold on a gas discharge side.

04/07/16
20160097137 

Fuel cell stack and manufacturing the same, fuel cell module, high-temperature water vapor electrolysis cell stack, and manufacturing the same


A fuel cell stack 101 includes a plurality of fuel cells 105 in which a fuel electrode 109, a solid oxide electrolyte 111, and an air electrode 113 are sequentially laminated, an interconnector 107 that electrically connects the fuel cells 105 which are adjacent to each other, and an interconnector connecting layer 108 that is interposed directly between the air electrode 113 and the interconnector 107. The interconnector connecting layer 108 is formed from a material, which is expressed by a composition formula of (la1-x-ysrxcay)zmno3-appmsio2-dppmmgo (provided that, 0<x≦0.4, 0<y≦0.4, 0.1≦x+y≦0.5, 0.95≦z<1, a: 10 to 300, d: 10 to 400), through firing..
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd.


04/07/16
20160096445 

Method and system for diagnosing fuel cell stack


A system and method for diagnosing a fuel cell stack are provided. The method includes determining, by a controller, a time at which diagnosing the fuel cell stack is required based on a plurality of factors and driving a motor adjusted to a first efficiency value for a predetermined first reference time period based on the diagnosis determination.
Hyundai Motor Company


03/31/16
20160093911 

Fuel cell stack


A first end plate that constitutes a fuel cell stack is provided with an oxidant gas supply manifold member that connects an oxidant gas inlet communication hole and a circular external pipe. The oxidant gas supply manifold member has a non-circular opening portion that communicates with the oxidant gas inlet communication hole and a circular opening portion that communicates with the circular external pipe.
Honda Motor Co., Ltd


03/31/16
20160093910 

Solid oxide fuel cell stack


Wherein a, b, c, and d are a positive real number that satisfies 0.1≦a≦0.8, 0.1≦b≦0.8, 0.05≦c≦0.2, and 0.2≦d≦0.5.. .

03/31/16
20160093909 

Solid oxide fuel cell stack


There is provided a solid oxide fuel cell stack including an interconnector that has excellent electrical conductivity, gas sealing property, and adhesion to a solid electrolyte. The solid oxide fuel cell stack includes a plurality of power generation elements, each of which including at least a fuel electrode, a solid electrolyte, and an air electrode stacked in that order; and an interconnector that electrically connects the air electrode in one of adjacent power generation elements in the plurality of the power generation elements to the fuel electrode in the other power generation element, the plurality of power generation elements being connected in series to each other, wherein an intermediate layer having a porosity of not more than 1% and an electrical conductivity of not less than 0.05 s/cm is provided between the interconnector and the fuel electrode in the other power generation element..
Toto Ltd.


03/31/16
20160093906 

Device and controlling cold start of fuel cell system


A device and a method for controlling a cold start of a fuel cell system are provided and are capable of increasing a fuel cell load to reduce a cold start time using a kinetic energy storage method for a rotor of a motor for driving a fuel cell system. The method improves cold start performance by performing self-heating of a fuel cell stack based on an increase in an output current amount of a fuel cell and by restricting a motor torque simultaneously with generating the motor torque while applying a current to a motor when a vehicle stops to consume an output current of the fuel cell..
Hyundai Motor Company


03/31/16
20160093903 

State diagnostic apparatus of fuel cell stack


An apparatus for diagnosing a state of a fuel cell stack is provided. The apparatus may diagnose the state of the fuel cell stack without including the dc-dc converter which boosts the dc voltage and the inverter which converts the boosted dc voltage into the ac voltage.
Hyundai Motor Company


03/31/16
20160093897 

Solid oxide fuel cell stack


A solid oxide fuel cell stack includes a support, a plurality of power generation elements provided on a surface of the support, the plurality of power generation elements connected in series, each including at least a fuel electrode, a solid electrolyte, and an air electrode stacked in that order, and an interconnector that electrically connects an air electrode in one of adjacent power generation elements to a fuel electrode in the other power generation element. A solid electrolyte in adjacent one power generation element is provided between a fuel electrode in the adjacent one power generation element and the fuel electrode in the adjacent other power generation element, and an insulating member is provided at a position that is on the solid electrolyte in the adjacent one power generation element and between the air electrode in the adjacent one power generation element and the solid electrolyte therein..
Toto Ltd.


03/31/16
20160093896 

Solid oxide fuel cell stack


A solid oxide fuel cell stack includes a support, a plurality of power generation elements connected in series, each including a fuel electrode, a solid electrolyte, and an air electrode stacked in that order on the support, and an interconnector electrically connecting an air electrode in one of the two adjacent power generation elements to a fuel electrode in the other power generation element. A solid electrolyte for one of the power generation elements is provided on the downside of the interconnector provided on the downside of the air electrode in the one power generation element so that the solid electrolyte is joined to the interconnector, and a solid electrolyte for the other power generation element is provided on the upper side of the interconnector provided on the upper side of the fuel electrode for the other power generation element so that the solid electrolyte is joined to the interconnector..
Toto Ltd.


03/24/16
20160087298 

Method for testing feeding fuel cell stack and producing fuel cell stack using the same


A producing method of a fuel cell stack includes a transfer robot configured to clamp and to transfer a membrane electrode assembly (mea) and a gas diffusion layer (gdl) component. A feeding testing unit is configured to check a stacked status of the mea and the gdl component while the mea and the gdl component are transferred and stacked by the transfer robot.
Kia Motors Corporation


03/24/16
20160087297 

Cooling system for fuel cells


A fuel cell assembly has a fuel cell with a membrane electrode assembly disposed between an anode fluid flow plate and a cathode fluid flow plate. The cathode flow plate defines a flow channel for conveying oxidant to the membrane electrode assembly.
Intelligent Energy Limited


03/24/16
20160087293 

Ventilation apparatus and control method thereof


A ventilation apparatus includes: a controller that determines whether insulation resistance between a fuel cell stack and an enclosure including the fuel cell stack is equal to or smaller than a preset value, and varies a degree of opening of a valve provided between an inlet provided on one side of the enclosure and an air blower injecting air to an interior of the enclosure through the inlet based on the determination.. .
Hyundai Motor Company


03/24/16
20160087291 

Rotatable heater of fuel cell system and control method thereof


A rotatable heater of a fuel cell system includes a heater housing, into and out of which a coolant for cooling a fuel cell stack flows, and which defines a coolant chamber therein. A motor is driven by an electrical energy generated from the fuel cell stack or by another power source.
Hyundai Motor Company


03/24/16
20160087289 

Gas and condensed water discharge system for fuel cell system and control method thereof


Disclosed are a system and a method for discharging a gas and condensed water for a fuel cell system. The gas and condensed water discharge system comprises: a fuel cell stack that includes cathodes and anodes and produces an electric current by an electrochemical reaction of oxygen and hydrogen; a water trap that temporarily stores gases and water discharged from anodes of the stack and condensed water; an integrated drain valve that is mounted at the water trap so as to generate the gas flow path for gases and the condensed water passing through a discharge portion of the integrated drain valve and discharged out of the water trap; and a controller that discharges the gases and the condensed water by opening and closing the integrated drain valve..
Hyundai Motor Company


03/24/16
20160084915 

Apparatus and measuring impedance of fuel cell stack


An apparatus and method for measuring impedance of a fuel cell stack capable of accurately measuring the impedance even when a dc current of the fuel cell stack is changed depending on fluctuation of a load, by compensating for an ac voltage (or ac current) used to measure the impedance of the fuel cell stack based on a dc current of the fuel cell stack.. .
Hyundai Motor Company


03/17/16
20160079621 

Fuel cell system and control method thereof


A fuel cell system comprises a fuel cell stack, a circulation flow path of a cooling medium, a pump provided in the circulation flow path, a supply-side temperature sensor provided to detect a supplied cooling medium temperature, a discharge-side temperature sensor provided to detect a discharged cooling medium temperature, and a cold-start controller configured to control a circulation volume of the cooling medium by the pump at a cold start of the fuel cell stack. The cold-start controller estimates a fuel cell internal temperature and selectively sets the circulation volume of the cooling medium between a reduced volume and a normal volume, based on a magnitude relationship between the internal temperature and the discharged cooling medium temperature.
Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha


03/17/16
20160079620 

Hydrogen purging device and fuel cell system


A hydrogen purging device and method for a fuel cell system are provided in which the opening/closing of a hydrogen purge valve is variably controlled based on a purge charge amount depending on an operating state of a fuel cell in the fuel cell system to improve the hydrogen utilization factor of the fuel cell, system efficiency, hydrogen circulation performance, and the like. The hydrogen purging device includes an operating state detector that detects an operating state of a fuel cell stack and a controller that determines an opening time of a hydrogen purge valve based on information regarding the stack operating state detected by the operating state detector.
Hyundai Motor Company


03/17/16
20160079619 

Humidification fuel cell system


A humidification apparatus for a fuel cell system is provided herein. A membrane humidifier includes humid air inlets, through which humid air discharged from a cathode of a fuel cell stack is introduced, and air outlets, through which air humidifying dry air in hollow fiber membranes is discharged, an air line connected from a cathode outlet of the fuel cell stack to the humid air inlets of the membrane humidifier to supply humid air.
Hyundai Motor Company


03/17/16
20160079618 

Fuel battery system


There are provided a hydrogen tank for compressed storage of hydrogen gas, as fuel gas, at high pressures; a fuel cell stack for generating and supplying power using the hydrogen gas from the hydrogen tank; a hydrogen supply path interconnecting the hydrogen tank and the fuel cell stack; a shutoff valve for allowing supply of the hydrogen gas from the hydrogen tank by opening or closing the hydrogen supply path; a fuel supply valve, situated downstream of the shutoff valve, with respect to a supply direction of oxygen gas, for allowing supply of hydrogen gas to fuel cell stack; and an ecu for controllably causing the fuel supply valve to assume its closed state and the shutoff valve to assume its opened state during filling the hydrogen tank with hydrogen gas.. .
Suzuki Motor Corporation


03/17/16
20160079610 

Insulating structure, fuel cell and fuel cell stack


This insulating structure is for a fuel cell stack or a fuel cell of the fuel cell stack. The fuel cell stack includes a membrane electrode assembly with a peripheral frame and a pair of separators that hold the frame and the membrane electrode assembly in between and is formed by stacking a plurality of sets of the membrane electrode assembly and the pair of separators.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.


03/10/16
20160072146 

Modular fuel cell system


A fuel cell stack module includes a base, a cover dome removably positioned on the base, and a plurality of fuel cell stacks removably positioned on the base below the cover dome. A modular fuel cell system includes a plurality of the fuel cell stack modules, where each fuel cell stack module may be electrically disconnected, removed from the fuel cell system, repaired or serviced without stopping an operation of the other fuel cell stack modules in the fuel cell system..
Bloom Energy Corporation


03/10/16
20160072145 

Fuel cell stack assembly - datum design for fuel cell stacking and collision protection


A system and method for aligning and reducing the relative movement between adjacent fuel cells within a fuel cell stack. The inter-cell cooperation between fuel cells along a stacking dimension is enhanced by one or more datum placed along the edge of a bipolar plate that makes up a part of a cell-containing assembly.
Gm Global Technology Operations Llc


03/10/16
20160072140 

Pem fuel cell stack


A fuel cell includes a cathode flow field plate, an anode flow field plate, and a membrane electrode assembly (mea) sandwiched between the cathode and anode flow field plate. The cathode flow field plate has a flat side and an opposed channel side that the mea is sandwiched between the anode flow field plate and the flat side of the cathode flow field plate.
Wuhan Troowin Power System Technology Co., Ltd.


03/10/16
20160072138 

Fuel cell system


A fuel cell system (100) comprises a first fuel cell stack (102), a second fuel cell stack (104) in series with the first fuel cell stack (102), and a first rectifier (106) in parallel with the first fuel cell stack (102). The fuel cell system (100) also comprises a controller (110) configured to modulate air flow through the first fuel cell stack (102) independent of current demand on the fuel cell system (100) to provide rehydration intervals that increase the hydration levels of the first fuel cell stack (102)..
Intelligent Energy Limited


03/10/16
20160072136 

Cell structure for fuel cell stack


A cell structure for a fuel cell stack that is formed by stacking unit cells c each including a membrane electrode assembly 1 and a pair of separators 2 holding the membrane electrode assembly 1 therebetween. The membrane electrode assembly 1 includes a frame 3 in the periphery having such a size as to extend outward over the edges of the separators 2.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.


03/03/16
20160064766 

Fuel cell stack


A fuel cell includes a first separator and a second separator. A second protrusion is formed on a first sealing portion of the first separator.
Toyota Shatai Kabushiki Kaisha


03/03/16
20160064765 

Fuel cell stack and fuel cell vehicle


A fuel cell vehicle includes a fuel cell stack and a housing that has first and second end plates and four side plates connecting the sides of the first and second end plates. Projections provided on the first and second end plates have openings communicating with a space formed between an inner wall of the housing and a fuel cell laminate..
Honda Motor Co., Ltd


03/03/16
20160064761 

Fuel cell module


A fuel cell module includes a fuel cell stack, a reformer, and a hydrodesulfurizer. A fuel gas is supplied to the fuel cell stack through a fuel gas supply channel, and the reformer and the hydrodesulfurizer are provided for the fuel gas supply channel.
Honda Motor Co., Ltd.


03/03/16
20160064759 

Hybrid fuel cell


A power generator includes a chemical hydride multilayer fuel cell stack. A flow path extends through the fuel cell stack to provide oxygen containing air to the fuel cell stack and to cool the fuel cell stack.
Honeywell International Inc.


03/03/16
20160064750 

Microvalve


A microvalve assembly (30) is integrated into a printed circuit board (pcb) substrate (31). An aperture (32) in the pcb substrate includes a closure member (33) extending into the aperture.
Intelligent Energy Limited


03/03/16
20160064749 

Flame stabilized mixer-eductor-oxidizer for high temperature fuel cells


A mixer/eductor assembly for use with a fuel cell stack having an anode-side and a cathode-side, said mixer/eductor assembly mixing and at least partially combusting anode exhaust gas output from the anode-side and an oxidant supply gas, said mixer/eductor assembly comprising: a first area receiving and mixing a first portion of the anode exhaust gas and a first portion of the oxidant supply gas to form a first mixture, the first area being configured so as to initiate a combustion reaction in the first mixture; a second area coupled with the first area, the second area receiving to and mixing a second portion of the anode exhaust gas and a second portion of the oxidant supply gas to form a second mixture, wherein: the first mixture has a predetermined oxidant to fuel ratio smaller than the oxidant to fuel ratio of the second mixture; and the first area provides an ignition source to promote continuous combustion of the second mixture in the second area.. .
Fuelcell Energy, Inc.


03/03/16
20160064747 

Fuel cell module


A fuel cell module includes a first casing containing the fuel cell stack, and a second casing containing the first casing, an exhaust gas combustor, and a heat exchanger. The exhaust gas combustor has a combustion gas discharge opening opened to a combustion gas chamber formed between the first casing and the second casing..
Honda Motor Co., Ltd.


03/03/16
20160061902 

Apparatus for diagnosing a state of a fuel cell stack and method thereof


Disclosed are an apparatus and a method for diagnosing a state of a fuel cell stack with high accuracy by reducing the deviation of a harmonic component although the voltage variation of the fuel cell stack is substantial. According to the present invention, a harmonic component is detected by converting the difference between the voltage of the fuel cell stack and a moving average voltage to a frequency and the state of the fuel cell stack is diagnosed based on the size of the detected harmonic component..
Hyundai Motor Company


02/25/16
20160056517 

Device for preventing over pressure of cooling system of fuel cell system


Disclosed is a device for preventing over pressure of a cooling system of a fuel cell system. The device detects a change in a temperature of a coolant discharged from a fuel cell stack and prevents over pressure of the cooling system before pressure of the coolant is elevated by the increase in the temperature.
Hyundai Motor Company


02/25/16
20160056492 

Fuel battery


A fuel gas supply path in a fuel cell stack includes in series a first path, a second path, and a third path. In the second path, two inlets of the fuel gas in each of power generating cells included in the second path are located at a first position pa and a second position pb, and the position of one outlet of the fuel gas in each power generating cell is located at a third position pc.
Ngk Spark Plug Co., Ltd.


02/25/16
20160056484 

Fuel cell system and operating fuel cell system


An object of the present invention is to provide a fuel cell system and a method of operating the fuel cell system which is difficult to give an uncomfortable feeling to a driver or passenger by operation sound of the injector while satisfactorily discharging water. The fuel cell system includes a fuel cell stack having an anode flow path, an injector for supplying hydrogen at a predetermined drive cycle toward the anode flow path by being opened, and an ecu for controlling the injector, wherein the ecu performs a valve opening time extension step in which hydrogen is supplied in a valve opening time longer than that in next and previous drive cycles..
Honda Motor Co., Ltd.


02/25/16
20160056482 

Fuel cell-powered motorcycle


An air-cooled fuel cell-powered motorcycle allowing early detection of a malfunction in a fuel cell stack. The fuel cell-powered motorcycle includes a vehicle body; an electric motor for driving a driving wheel, an air-cooled fuel cell for supplying electric power to the electric motor and a hydrogen tank for storing a fuel gas supplied to the fuel cell, respectively housed in the vehicle body; a fan for supplying air as a reactant and a coolant to the fuel cell; and an exhaust duct for discharging the air having cooled the fuel cell out of a rear end of the vehicle body, the exhaust duct having an inlet connected to a rear end portion of the fuel cell..
Suzuki Motor Corporation


02/18/16
20160049681 

Fuel cell stack


A fuel cell stack 10 includes: a stack body 2 in which a plurality of unit cells 20 is stacked; and an external restriction member that suppresses misalignment between the plurality of unit cells 20 in a second direction perpendicular to a first direction in which the plurality of unit cells 20 is stacked. The external restriction member includes: corner restriction members 303, 304, provided so as to extend entirely over at least two corners of the stack body 2 along the first direction; and a rotation suppressing member 305 provided so as to face one side surface of the stack body 2, the side surface being positioned so as to intersect with a direction in which the stack body 2 may rotate about the corner restriction members 303, 304 as a rotation axis when an impact force along the second direction is applied to the stack body 2 from the outside..

02/18/16
20160049676 

Apparatus and producing fuel cell stack


Disclosed is a method for producing a fuel cell stack. The method for producing a fuel cell stack includes: (a) inserting one or more thin paper between a plurality of gdls; (b) supplying, by a transfer robot, the gdls of step (a) to a gdl supply part and supplying, by the transfer robot, meas to an mea supply part; (c) adsorbing, by the transfer robot, the gdl and the thin paper, respectively, one by one; (d) removing, by a thin paper eliminator, the thin paper of step (c); (e) supplying the gdl and the mea from which the thin paper is removed to a compressor to compress the gdl and the mea so as to form an integrated part; and (f) cutting the integrated part formed in step (e) to a predetermined size by a trimming press..
Kia Motors Corporation


02/18/16
20160049674 

Fuel cell stack, fuel cell stack composite, and fuel cell system


Provided is a fuel cell stack, comprising: a first fuel cell including a first membrane electrode assembly, and a first fuel supply portion having a first in-cell fuel flow channel; a second fuel cell arranged on a main surface of the first fuel cell, and including a second membrane electrode assembly and a second fuel supply portion having a second in-cell fuel flow channel; and a fuel distribution portion including a liquid fuel inlet, a main flow channel connected thereto, and first and second branched flow channels connecting an end of the main flow channel with the first and second in-cell fuel flow channels, respectively, wherein a total length of the first branched flow channel and the first in-cell fuel flow channel is substantially identical to that of the second branched flow channel and the second in-cell fuel flow channel. Also provided is a fuel cell system using the stack..
Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha


02/11/16
20160043427 

Electrical component connection mechanism of fuel cell stack and fuel cell stack


An electric component connection mechanism of a fuel cell stack includes a fuel cell stack body, terminal plates, end plates, and a housing. A plurality of fuel cells that generate electricity by electrochemical reaction of a fuel gas and an oxidant gas are stacked in the fuel cell stack body.
Honda Motor Co., Ltd.


02/11/16
20160043422 

High efficiency fuel cell system with anode gas chemical recuperation and carbon capture


A method of providing anode gas exhaust from a fuel cell stack and carbon dioxide capture by feeding reformed fuel and air into a fuel cell stack where gas exhaust is fed to a series of oxidation/reduction beds to provide exit streams a) of h2o and co2 which is fed to a condenser to recover co2, and b) h2o and co which is recirculated to the fuel cell stack.. .
Siemens Aktiengesellschaft


02/11/16
20160043417 

Method for creating an oxygen depleted gas in a fuel cell system


A method for creating an oxygen depleted gas in a fuel cell system, including operating a fuel cell stack at a desired cathode stoichiometry at fuel cell system shutdown to displace a cathode exhaust gas with an oxygen depleted gas. The method further includes closing a cathode flow valve and turning off a compressor to stop the flow of cathode air..
Gm Global Technology Operations Llc


02/11/16
20160043415 

Fuel cell interconnect


Methods for fabricating an interconnect for a fuel cell stack include placing a compressed metal powder interconnect on a porous support, and sintering the interconnect in the presence of a non-oxidizing gas. The method may further include placing the sintered interconnect on a porous support, and oxidizing the interconnect in the presence of flowing air, or placing the sintered interconnect on a dense, non-porous support, and oxidizing the interconnect in the presence of a gas comprising pure oxygen or an oxygen/inert gas mixture that is substantially nitrogen-free..
Bloom Energy Corporation


02/11/16
20160043413 

Sofc system with selective co2 removal


A system and method in which a high temperature fuel cell stack exhaust stream is recycled back into the fuel inlet stream of the high temperature fuel cell stack. The recycled stream may be sent to a carbon dioxide separation device which separates carbon dioxide from the fuel exhaust stream.
Bloom Energy Corporation


02/11/16
20160039308 

Fuel cell vehicle


A fuel cell electric automobile includes a fuel cell stack, a traction motor, a first control device for controlling output of the fuel cell stack, and a second control device for controlling electrical energy supplied to the traction motor. The first control device is provided vertically above the fuel cell stack, and the second control device is provided vertically below the fuel cell stack and on a lateral side of the traction motor..
Honda Motor Co., Ltd.


02/04/16
20160036084 

Fuel cell stack


Disclosed herein is a fuel cell stack. The fuel cell stack includes: at least one unit stack comprising an assembly of unit cells and an enclosure protecting the unit stack.
Kia Motors Corporation


02/04/16
20160036076 

Method of operating fuel cell system


An operation method of a fuel cell system includes the step of determining whether or not performance recovery control of a fuel cell stack should be started. This operation method includes the step of, if it is determined that the performance recovery control should be started, supplying water content to a membrane electrode assembly by a water content adjusting device, while maintaining power generation voltage of the fuel cell stack at 0.3 v or lower in a state where an oxygen-containing gas is circulated through a closed circulation channel..
Honda Motor Co., Ltd.


02/04/16
20160036072 

Air supply device using cooling water heater of fuel cell vehicle


An air supply device using a cooling water heater of a fuel cell vehicle can effectively reduce cold starting time of the fuel cell vehicle and effectively remove moisture in a stack in cold shut down (csd) of the fuel cell vehicle. In the air supply device, a bypass flow path is formed to be branched from a first air supply line connected between an air blower for supplying air to a fuel cell stack and a humidifier for humidifying the air supplied to the stack.
Hyundai Motor Company


02/04/16
20160036070 

Dynamically controlled heat exchange for cascading startup of fuel cell grids


A “cascading startup controller” provides various techniques for quickly and efficiently initializing grids of interconnected fuel cells. In general, the cascading startup controller dynamically controls heat exchange between fuel cells in the grid to produce a cascading startup of the fuel cell grid via an expanding pattern of excess thermal energy routing from hotter fuel cell stacks to cooler fuel cell stacks.
Microsoft Corporation


02/04/16
20160036068 

Printed multi-function seals for fuel cells


A method for forming seals in a fuel cell stack includes a step of screen printing a first sealing layer on a first flow field plate. The first sealing layer defines a first pattern and has a first predetermined sealing layer thickness.
Gm Global Technology Operations Llc


01/21/16
20160020474 

Driving control method and system of fuel cell system


A driving control method and system of a fuel cell system are provided. The method includes monitoring an exterior temperature.
Hyundai Motor Company


01/14/16
20160013509 

Fuel cell stack and fuel cell system


A fuel cell stack obtained by stacking a plurality of fuel cells has an internal manifold that extends in a stacking direction of the fuel cells to externally discharge a gas used in the fuel cell, and an extension member that adjoins an inner wall surface of the internal manifold and extends in the stacking direction. The extension member is a bar-shaped member provided in an opposite side to a side where a gas from the fuel cells flows to the inside of the internal manifold and has a sloping surface making an acute angle with an inner-wall lower surface of the internal manifold..
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.


01/14/16
20160013508 

Fuel cell stack and assembly same


A fuel cell stack and a method of assembling a fuel cell stack includes compressing fuel cells along their stacking axis. A compression retention device made up of an enclosure may be used with one or more optional insertable shims to correct for any stack height variations.
Honda Motor Co., Ltd.


01/14/16
20160011071 

Methods and systems for detecting defects in a fuel cell stack


A method for testing a fuel cell stack includes providing a fluid, such as an ammonia-containing fluid, in a first reactant flow path in a first portion of the fuel cell stack, detecting the presence of the fluid using a detector, such as an ammonia detector, positioned within or adjacent to a second portion of the fuel cell stack that is separated from the first portion of the fuel cell stack and determining the presence of a defect in the stack based on detecting the presence of the fluid. Further embodiments relate to testing a fuel cell stack using a microphone that detects an audio signal indicative of a stack defect..
Bloom Energy Corporation


01/07/16
20160006069 

Housing for a fuel cell stack


A housing for a fuel cell stack is disclosed. At least one wall has, at least in some sections, a structure which reinforces the wall.
Daimler Ag


01/07/16
20160006063 

Modular fuel cell systems and methods


A fuel cell module includes a fuel cell stack configured to produce an electrical output, power electronics circuitry configured to convert the electrical output of the fuel cell stack into a regulated output of the fuel cell module, module control electronics circuitry configured for communications within the fuel cell module and further configured for communications with master control electronics circuitry external to the fuel cell module, and a structure configured to connect together the fuel cell stack, the power electronics circuitry and the module control electronics circuitry as part of the fuel cell module that is unitary, and further configured for the unitary fuel cell module to be insertable as a unit into a multi-module system chassis.. .
Watt Fuel Cell Corp.


01/07/16
20160006062 

Energy generating unit comprising a high-temperature fuel cell stack and a vaporizing unit


The invention relates to an energy generation unit comprising a high-temperature fuel cell stack (10), which is operated with liquid fuel, and a reformer (11) connected upstream of the fuel cell stack for processing the fuel, a recirculation line (13) for at least partially feeding back the anode exhaust gas into the reformer (1) and a device for feeding the liquid fuel into the anode exhaust gas. In accordance with the invention, the invention for feeding the fuel is in the form of an evaporator device (20), comprising a housing (21) which has an evaporator nonwoven (23) in the region of the fuel feed line (22), wherein the hot anode exhaust gas can be applied to said evaporator nonwoven from the recirculation line (13)..
Avl List Gmbh


01/07/16
20160006060 

Method of controlling operation of fuel cell system


A method of controlling the operation of a fuel cell system is provided. The method includes diagnosing a water shortage state in a fuel cell stack based on degradation of cooling performance and deterioration of the fuel cell stack and determining a diagnosis level of the fuel cell system based on the diagnosed water shortage state of the fuel cell stack.
Kia Motors Corporation


01/07/16
20160006059 

Driving control method and system of fuel cell system


A driving control system and method of a fuel cell system are provided. The driving control method includes determining, by a controller, when a fuel cell stack is in a water shortage, based on an oversupply of air to the fuel cell stack or a deterioration of the fuel cell stack.
Kia Motors Corporation


01/07/16
20160002030 

Hydrogen generator having liquid delivery member


A hydrogen generator and method for generating hydrogen gas for a fuel cell stack. The hydrogen generator includes container, and a first reactant storage area configured to contain a liquid first reactant.
Intelligent Energy Inc.


12/31/15
20150380745 

Flow field plate for a fuel cell


A flow field plate for a bipolar plate or bipolar plate assembly of a fuel cell or a fuel cell stack has an electrode facing front side, a backside and at least a cooling fluid manifold for supplying cooling fluid to the flow field plate. The backside includes a cooling fluid flow field for substantially uniformly distributing the cooling fluid over the flow field, plate.
Powercell Sweden Ab


12/24/15
20150372334 

Fuel cell and fuel cell stack


A fuel cell including a pair of connectors (12, 13); a single cell (20) having an electrolyte layer (2) and electrode layers (14, 15); and current-collecting members (18, 19) disposed between the electrode layers and the connectors (12, 13), respectively. The current-collecting members (19) corresponding to at least the one electrode layer (15) has connector contact portions (19a) in contact with the connector (13), cell contact portions (19b) in contact with the electrode layer (15), connection portions (19c) connecting corresponding connector contact portions (19a) and cell contact portions (19b), and a spacer (58) disposed between the connector contact portions (19a) and cell contact portion (19b).
Ngk Spark Plug Co., Ltd.


12/24/15
20150372327 

Sealing a fuel cell stack


A fuel cell stack assembly comprises a stack of fuel cells, each fuel cell having an air flow conduit with an input/output ventilation aperture disposed on a ventilation face of the stack, the ventilation apertures forming an array over said ventilation face of the stack. A membrane is moveable between a first configuration in which the ventilation face is occluded and a second configuration in which the ventilation face is not occluded.
Intelligent Energy Limited


12/24/15
20150372326 

Fuel cell system


A fuel cell system is provided having multiple individual fuel cells which are combined to form a fuel cell stack, and having two current collectors which adjoin the two end-side individual fuel cells. The current collectors are each adjoined directly, or with the interposition of an isolation plate, by an end plate.
Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft


12/24/15
20150372320 

Stack structure for fuel cell


Provided is a fuel cell stack structure. The fuel cell stack structure includes first and second cell modules and first and second separation plates.
Mico Co., Ltd.


12/24/15
20150372319 

Fuel cell and fuel cell stack


A fuel cell including a pair of connectors (12, 13); a single cell (20) having an electrolyte layer (2) and electrode layers (14, 15); and current-collecting members (18, 19) disposed between the electrode layers and the connectors, respectively. The current-collecting members (19) corresponding to at least the one electrode layer (15) has connector contact portions (19a) in contact with connector (13), cell contact portions (19b) in contact with electrode layer (15), connection portions (19c) connecting corresponding connector contact portions (19a) and cell contact portions (19b), and a spacer (58) disposed between connector contact portions (19a) and cell contact portion (19b).
Ngk Spark Plug Co., Ltd.




Fuel Cell Stack topics: Fuel Cell Stack, Fuel Cell System, Heat Exchanger, Electrolyte, Internal Combustion Engine, Condensation, Evaporative Heat Exchanger, Combustion, Evaporation

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