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This page is updated frequently with new Fuel Cell-related patent applications.




Date/App# patent app List of recent Fuel Cell-related patents
04/07/16
20160099478 
 Methods relating to monitoring fuel cells patent thumbnailMethods relating to monitoring fuel cells
The invention relates to a method of determining water accumulation in and or removal from a fuel cell, the method comprising circulating fuel gas in the anode side of the fuel cell for producing electric energy in a fuel cell process, providing at least two purge pulses from the fuel circulation, analyzing the composition and/or volume of purged gas of said at least two gas purge pulses for determining the amount of water accumulation in and/or removal from the fuel cell.. .
Teknolgian Tutkimuskeskus Vtt Oy


04/07/16
20160099477 
 Passive anode gas recovery system for fuel cell patent thumbnailPassive anode gas recovery system for fuel cell
The system has advantages of low cost, no extra energy consumed, and no external controller required. The system can be applied to developing fuel cell systems with high efficiency and low cost..

04/07/16
20160099476 
 Sofc-conduction patent thumbnailSofc-conduction
A solid oxide fuel cell (sofc) system included high thermal conductivity materials such as copper to increase thermal energy transfer by thermal conduction. The copper is protected from oxidation by nickel electroplating and protected from thermal damage by providing hastelloy liners inside combustion chambers.
Protonex Technology Corporation


04/07/16
20160099475 
 Fuel cell patent thumbnailFuel cell
A fuel cell includes a membrane electrode assembly and a metal separator. The membrane electrode assembly includes an electrolyte membrane, first and second electrodes, and a resin frame member.
Honda Motor Co., Ltd.


04/07/16
20160099473 
 Catalyst particle, support-type catalyst particle, and uses thereof patent thumbnailCatalyst particle, support-type catalyst particle, and uses thereof
A catalyst particle including platinum and palladium, and having a proportion of palladium in the surface of the particle, measured by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (xps), of 45 to 55 atom % with respect to a total amount of platinum and palladium of 100 atom %. Also disclosed is a support-type catalyst particle, a fuel cell catalyst layer, an electrode including the fuel cell catalyst layer and a membrane electrode assembly including the electrode..
Showa Denko K.k.


04/07/16
20160099472 
 Metal alloy catalysts for fuel cell anodes patent thumbnailMetal alloy catalysts for fuel cell anodes
A catalyst for a fuel cell anode comprises an alloy of pd and at least two other transition metals, at least one of which which binds to hydrogen and/or carbon monoxide at least as strongly as pd does. Suitable transition metals which bind more strongly are co, w, ti, v, cr, fe, mo, nb, hf, ta, zr and re.
Ilika Technologies Ltd


04/07/16
20160097138 
 Carbon dioxide conversion to hydrocarbon fuel via syngas production cell harnessed from solar radiation patent thumbnailCarbon dioxide conversion to hydrocarbon fuel via syngas production cell harnessed from solar radiation
A process for converting carbon dioxide to hydrocarbon fuels using solar energy harnessed with a solar thermal power system to create thermal energy and electricity, using the thermal energy to heat a fuel feed stream, the heated fuel feed stream comprising carbon dioxide and water, the carbon dioxide captured from a flue gas stream, converting the carbon dioxide and water in a syngas production cell, the syngas production cell comprising a solid oxide electrolyte, to create carbon monoxide and hydrogen, and converting the carbon monoxide and hydrogen to hydrocarbon fuels in a catalytic reactor. In at least one embodiment, the syngas production cell is a solid oxide fuel cell.
Saudi Arabian Oil Company


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 patent thumbnailFuel 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 patent thumbnailMethod 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 patent thumbnailFuel 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
20160093907 

Nanofiber membrane-electrode-assembly and fabricating same


In one aspect of the present invention, a method of fabricating a fuel cell membrane-electrode-assembly (mea) having an anode electrode, a cathode electrode, and a membrane disposed between the anode electrode and the cathode electrode, includes fabricating each of the anode electrode, the cathode electrode, and the membrane separately by electrospinning; and placing the membrane between the anode electrode and the cathode electrode, and pressing then together to form the fuel cell mea.. .
Vanderbilt University


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
20160093905 

Fuel cell assembly with jet pump in the exhaust path, and motor vehicle with fuel cell assembly


The invention relates to a fuel cell arrangement (1) and a motor vehicle having a fuel cell arrangement (1). In order to be able to produce the fuel cell arrangement (1) in a compact manner and to be able to operate said fuel cell arrangement in an efficient manner, it is provided in accordance with the invention that an exhaust gas flow path (3a) of the fuel cell arrangement (1) extends through a jet pump (4)..
Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft


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
20160093902 

Fuel cell


A fuel cell includes: a membrane electrode assembly; a gas flow path member that has a first side that is arranged on a surface of the membrane electrode assembly: a pair of separators that are arranged sandwiching the membrane electrode assembly and the gas flow path member, and each have a separating portion and a plurality of holes separated by the separating portion, the holes being provided in each of opposite sides of the separator and being lined up in a predetermined direction along the sides; and a sealing plate that is arranged on an end portion of the first side adjacent to the holes, and is welded to the gas flow path member at a predetermined welding position, the predetermined welding position being provided in a region that includes a position on a straight line that passes through the separating portion and is perpendicular to the sides.. .
Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha


03/31/16
20160093901 

Fuel cell and manufacturing fuel cell


A fuel cell includes: a membrane electrode assembly; a porous member arranged on a cathode side of the membrane electrode assembly and having a first surface, a second surface, and an end surface portion, the end surface portion being between an end side portion of the first surface and the second surface; a sealing plate arranged along the end side portion of the first surface; and a separator plate arranged on the second surface. The porous member supplies oxidant gas to the membrane electrode assembly through the first surface, and discharges oxidant off-gas to a discharge portion of the fuel ceil via the end surface portion.
Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha


03/31/16
20160093900 

Fuel cell and the production thereof


A fuel cell (1) has a plate (2) produced by powder metallurgy which comprises in one piece a porous substrate area (4) to which the electrochemically active cell layers (6) are applied, and a gastight edge area (5) which is provided with gas passages (17, 18).. .
Plansee Se


03/31/16
20160093899 

Fuel cell


Provided is a fuel cell including a plurality of stacked unit cells, each including a membrane-electrode assembly and a separator stacked on the membrane-electrode assembly. The separator includes a separator plate that overlaps the membrane-electrode assembly when seen from a stacking direction, a first terminal portion configured to protrude from the separator plate toward an outer side in a plane direction, a plate covering portion configured to cover an outer peripheral edge of the separator plate, and a terminal covering portion configured to be formed integrally with the plate covering portion and covers the first terminal portion.
Honda Motor Co., Ltd.


03/31/16
20160093898 

Three-dimensionally printed bipolar plate for a proton exchange membrane fuel cell


A bipolar plate for a fuel cell is provided. The bipolar plate includes a main body with a first end and a second end spaced from the first end along a longitudinal axis of the main body.
The Government Of The United States Of America, As Represented By The Secretary Of The Navy


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.


03/31/16
20160093894 

Fuel cell and moving body


A fuel cell includes a catalyst layer containing a polymer electrolyte and catalyst-carrying carbon. A value of an initial weight ratio of the polymer electrolyte to the catalyst-carrying carbon in the catalyst layer is set to a value that is smaller by 0.1 to 0.2 than a value of a weight ratio of the polymer electrolyte to the catalyst-carrying carbon in the catalyst layer which maximizes a maximum output of the fuel cell in a state where the polymer electrolyte is not swollen..
Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha


03/31/16
20160093893 

Cathode device for fuel cell


An electrode for a fuel cell is disclosed. More particularly, the electrode includes a porous substrate and nitrogen-doped graphene included in the substrate.

03/31/16
20160093892 

Electrode for fuel cell and manufacturing same


Provided are an electrode for fuel cell including a support with improved durability and capable of suppressing poisoning of catalyst particles by ionomer, and a method for manufacturing the same. The method at least includes: performing heat treatment of a support made of mesoporous carbon having a crystallite diameter lc at 002 plane that is 1.5 nm or less, at 1,700° c.
Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha


03/31/16
20160093891 

Cerium oxide modified ordered mesoporous carbon catalyst for formic acid oxidation in direct formic acid fuel cells


Electrocatalysts for the anode electro-oxidation of formic acid in direct formic acid fuel cells (dfafcs). The pd-, pt- or pdpt-based electrocatalysts contain ceo2-modified ordered mesoporous carbon (omc) as support material.
King Fahd University Of Petroleum And Minerals


03/31/16
20160091570 

System for measuring a stack cell voltage of a fuel cell and method thereof


A system for measuring a stack cell voltage of a fuel cell according to the present invention comprises: a stack voltage measuring unit which measures a stack voltage of a stack cell battery for each channel; a correction variable calculating unit which calculates a correction variable by using the stack voltage value measured by the stack voltage measuring unit; and a stack voltage value correcting unit which corrects the stack voltage measured by the stack voltage measuring unit on driving by using the correction variable.. .
Hyundai Motor Company


03/31/16
20160090189 

Emergency power supply system, aircraft having such an emergency power supply system and a providing at least electric power and hydraulic power in case of an emergency in an aircraft


An emergency power supply system for providing hydraulic power and electric power in an aircraft includes a fuel cell having an electric outlet for providing electric power, a conversion unit couplable with at least one of an ac bus and a dc bus and the electric outlet, and at least one hydraulic pump having a reconfigurable electric motor and a motor control unit and being couplable with a hydraulic system for providing hydraulic power. The conversion unit is adapted for converting a supply voltage of the electrical outlet to at least one of an ac voltage matching a predetermined voltage at the ac bus and a dc voltage matching a predetermined voltage at the dc bus.
Airbus Defence And Space Gmbh


03/24/16
20160087443 

B-side feed for critical power applications


A method of providing power to a load, such as an it load, includes generating an output power using at least one power module comprising at least one fuel cell segment, providing a first portion of the output power through a grid to an a-side power feed of the load, and providing a second portion of the output power to a b-side power feed of the load.. .
Bloom Energy Corporation


03/24/16
20160087301 

Reinforcement for proton conductive membrane, and proton conductive membrane comprising the same and solid polymer fuel cell


[means for resolution] a reinforcement which is formed from a glass fiber nonwoven fabric for use in a proton conductive membrane having an arylene group, wherein the reinforcement uses a resin binder containing an arylene group as a binding component for glass fibers constituting the glass fiber nonwoven fabric.. .

03/24/16
20160087300 

Stackless fuel cell


A fuel cell includes a catalyst coated membrane with a proton exchange membrane, a cathode layer disposed on a first surface of the proton exchange membrane, and an anode layer disposed on an oppositely disposed second surface of the proton exchange membrane. At least one gas diffusion layer is bonded to at least one of the cathode and anode layers of the catalyst coated membrane.
The Government Of The United States Of America, As Represented By The Secretary Of The Navy


03/24/16
20160087299 

Process for the manufacture of membrane electrode units


A process for manufacturing membrane electrode units (meu) for fuel cell is disclosed, said meu have two electrochemically active electrodes which are separated by a polymer electrolyte membrane.. .
Basf Se


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
20160087296 

Fuel cell module and fuel cell device


Resolution means: a fuel cell module (27) according to the present invention includes: a housing (2); a plurality of cell stack devices (1) arranged inside the housing (2), each cell stack device (1) including a cell stack (3) in which a plurality of fuel cells (2) that generate power using fuel gas and oxygen-containing gas are arranged; and exhaust gas discharge paths (39, 40) formed between the cell stack devices (1) for discharging the exhaust gas from the fuel cells. Consequently, the exhaust gases can be efficiently discharged, thereby improving the power output.

03/24/16
20160087295 

Catalyst and process for the production of hydrogen from ammonia boranes


The present invention relates to a process for the production of hydrogen comprising contacting at least one complex of formula (i), (i) wherein: x− is an anion; m is a metal selected from ru, os, fe, co and ni; d is optionally present and is one or more monodentate or multidentate donor ligands; y1 is selected from cr13, b and n; z1 and z2 are each independently selected from ═n, ═p, nr14, pr15, o, s and se; or z2 is a direct bond between carbocyclic ring b and substituent r4; each of a and b is independently a saturated, unsaturated or partially unsaturated carbocyclic hydrocarbon ring; r3 and r4 are each independently selected from h, c1-6-alkyl, aryl and c1-6-haloalkyl, and a linker group optionally attached to a solid support; or r3 and r4 together form the following moiety: (ab) y2 is a direct single bond or double bond, or is cr18; r1, r2, r5-13 and r16-18 are each independently selected from h, c1-6-alkyl, c2-6-alkenyl, c2-6-alkynyl, aryl, c1-6-haloalkyl, nr19r20 and a linker group optionally attached to a solid support; or two or more of said r1-13 and r16-18 groups are linked, together with the carbons to which they are attached, to form a saturated or unsaturated hydrocarbon group; r14, r15, r19 and r20 are each independently selected from h, c1-6-alkyl, c2-6-alkenyl, c2-6-alkynyl, aryl, c1-6-haloalkyl, and a linker group optionally attached to a solid support; with at least one substrate of formula (ii), r21r22nh—bhr23r24, wherein r21 to r24 are each independently selected from h, c1-6-alkyl, fluoro-substituted c1-6-alkyl, c6-14-aryl and c6-14-aralkyl, or any two of r21, r22, r23 and r24 are linked to form a c3-10-alkylene group or c3-10-alkenylene group, which together with the nitrogen and/or boron atoms to which they are attached, forms a cyclic group; or a substrate comprising two, three or four substrates of formula (ii) linked via one or more bridging groups so as to form a dimeric, trimeric or tetrameric species, and wherein the bridging group is selected from straight or branched c1-6-alkylene optionally substituted by one or more fluoro groups, boron, c6-14-aryl and c6-14-aralkyl; or a substrate comprising two, three or four substrates of formula (ii) which are joined so as to form a fused cyclic dimeric, trimeric or tetrameric species. Further aspects of the invention relate to a hydrogen generation system comprising a complex of formula (i), a substrate of formula (ii) and a solvent, and to the use of complexes of formula (i) in fuel cells.
Novaucd


03/24/16
20160087294 

Hydrogen-generating fuel cell cartridges


The present application is directed to a gas-generating apparatus (10). Hydrogen is generated within the gas-generating apparatus and is transported to a fuel cell.
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
20160087292 

Fuel cell system


A fuel cell system includes a fuel cell provided in a vehicle; and an electronic control unit configured to determine whether an amount of water in the fuel cell is equal to or smaller than a predetermined amount, and to prevent dryness of the fuel cell by increasing the amount of water in the fuel cell when a speed of the vehicle is equal to or higher than a predetermined threshold value in a case where the electronic control unit determines that the amount of water in the fuel cell is equal to or smaller than the predetermined amount.. .
Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha


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
20160087290 

Fuel cell device


A fuel cell device is provided having an active structure with an anode and cathode in opposing relation with an electrolyte therebetween, a fuel passage adjacent the anode for supplying fuel to the active structure, and an air passage adjacent the cathode for supplying air to the active structure. A porous ceramic layer is positioned between each of the anode and fuel passage and the cathode and air passage, the porous ceramic layers having a porosity configured to permit transport of fuel and air from the respective fuel and air passage to the respective anode and cathode.

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
20160087288 

Systems and methods for controlling oxygen concentration in a cathode of a fuel cell system


Systems and methods for improving conditions for anion contaminant removal in a cathode of a pemfc system are presented. A fuel cell system consistent with certain embodiments may include a cathode compartment having a compressor coupled thereto.
Gm Global Technology Operations Llc


03/24/16
20160087287 

Manufacturing separator for fuel cell


A manufacturing method of a separator for a fuel cell is a method for forming a carbon coating film on a titanium substrate, which has a titanium oxide layer on a surface of the titanium substrate, by cvd. The method includes a step of making a state in which the titanium substrate, which has the titanium oxide layer on the surface of the titanium substrate, is placed into a vacuum atmosphere, an irradiation step of irradiating a surface of the titanium oxide layer of the titanium substrate with light having a wavelength of equal to or shorter than 390 nm before the carbon coating film is formed or while the carbon coating film is being formed, and a step of forming the carbon coating film on the surface of the titanium oxide layer that is irradiated with light in the irradiation step..
Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha


03/24/16
20160087286 

Tungsten oxide modified ordered mesoporous carbon catalyst for formic acid oxidation in direct formic acid fuel cells


Electrocatalysts for the anode electro-oxidation of formic acid in direct formic acid fuel cells (dfafcs). The pd-, pt- or pdpt-based electrocatalysts contain wo3-modified ordered mesoporous carbon (omc) as support material.
King Fahd University Of Petroleum And Minerals


03/24/16
20160087285 

Production fine metal particles, production fuel cell electrode catalyst, supported fine metal particle catalyst, and fuel cell electrode catalyst


Provided is a method for efficiently manufacturing fine metal particles applicable as a fuel cell electrode catalyst. Provided is a method of manufacturing fine metal particles, including the step of: a hydrogen bubbling step to perform bubbling to a reaction solution, wherein: the reaction solution is prepared by allowing seeds of fine metal particles in a dispersed state and a water soluble noble metal precursor to co-exist in a water-containing solvent; and the bubbling is performed with a reaction gas containing a hydrogen gas, is provided..
University Of Yamanashi


03/24/16
20160087284 

Catalyst layer forming method and catalyst layer forming apparatus


An electrolyte membrane for a polymer electrolyte fuel cell is sent out from an unwinding roller and wound around a winding roller to be transported continuously at a constant speed in a roll-to-roll mode. Two stages of drying processes are performed on a catalyst ink layer applied to a surface of an electrolyte membrane with a backsheet in a first drying furnace and a second drying furnace.
Screen Holdings Co., Ltd.


03/24/16
20160087283 

Porous electrode substrate, manufacturing same, and polymer electrolyte fuel cell


The purpose of this invention is to provide a porous electrode substrate that has a low manufacturing cost, has sufficient conductivity and gas diffusion characteristics, and shows favorable power generation ability with minor structural changes in the porous electrode substrate. This invention is: a method for manufacturing a porous electrode substrate that comprises a step (1) in which a dispersion fluid comprising a carbon powder (c) and a fluorine-based resin is applied to one or both surfaces of a precursor sheet wherein carbon short cut fibers (a1) are dispersed in planar orientations with the fiber orientations being substantially within the same plane, and as a result the fluorine-based resin that contains the carbon powder (c) in the vicinity of the surface layer of one side or both sides of the precursor sheet is distributed unevenly to form a precursor sheet with unevenly-distributed fluorine-based resin..
Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd.


03/24/16
20160087281 

Catalyst and electrode catalyst layer, membrane electrode assembly, and fuel cell using the catalyst


[solving means] disclosed is a catalyst comprising a catalyst support and a catalyst metal supported on the catalyst support, wherein the catalyst includes pores having a radius of less than 1 nm and pores having a radius of 1 nm or more, wherein a pore volume of the pores having a radius of less than 1 nm is 0.3 cc/g support or more or a mode radius of a pore distribution of the pores having a radius of less than 1 nm is 0.3 nm or more and less than 1 nm, and wherein the catalyst metal is supported inside the pores having a radius of 1 nm or more.. .

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


03/24/16
20160083666 

Process for manufacturing a part provided with a lubricating surface coating, part provided with such a coating and turbomachine


A process for manufacturing a part provided with a lubricating surface coating (10), in which: a composition is prepared that includes at least one precursor having at least one organic group, the composition is deposited on the part, a heat treatment is carried out, wherein the heat treatment of the coating is carried out at a temperature above 220° c., so as to form a lubricating surface coating (10) formed of an at least partially inorganic solid network incorporating solid carbon in at least one lubricating allotropic form in the dispersed state and trapped within the solid network. A part, such as a foil of a foil bearing (1) obtained by the process, a turbomachine, such as a turbomachine for a fuel cell, including such a part, and an aircraft cabin air-conditioning system including at least one such turbomachine are also described..
Universite Paul Sabatier Toulouse Iii


03/17/16
20160079623 

Method for preparing solid electrolyte for solid oxide fuel cell, and preparing unit cell


Provided are a method for preparing a solid electrolyte material for a cheap solid oxide fuel cell capable of implementing high ion conductivity at a medium-low temperature of 800° c. Or lower, and a method for preparing a unit cell of a solid oxide fuel cell by using the same.
Korea Institute Of Industrial Technology


03/17/16
20160079622 

Fuel cell module


A fuel cell module includes a first area where an exhaust gas combustor and a start-up combustor are provided, a second area where a reformer and a heat exchanger are provided, and a third area where an evaporator is provided. A stress relaxing portion for relaxing heat stress is provided at least along a border between the first area and the second area, along a border between the second area and the third area, or along an outermost portion of the third area..
Honda Motor Co., Ltd.


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
20160079615 

Water transfer compound


The application relates to a water transfer compound, preferably for use for the humidification of process gases for fuel cells, comprising:—a water-permeable and essentially gas-impermeable water transfer layer as well as—at least one thermoplastic protection layer which is water- and gas-permeable at least in sections, where—the water transfer layer and the thermoplastic protection layer overlap each other at least in sections and comprise a first and a second overlapping area, where—the water transfer layer in the first overlapping area is accessible for humid gases through the thermoplastic protection layer and the water transfer compound is thermocompressed in the second overlapping area so that the water transfer layer in the second overlapping area is not accessible for humid gases through the compressed thermoplastic protection layer.. .
Reinz-dichtungs-gmbh


03/17/16
20160079613 

Air cooled fuel cell system


An air-cooled electronics module is disclosed. The air-cooled electronics module includes a housing and a heat exchanger disposed within the housing and separating the housing into a first portion and a second portion.
Bloom Energy Corporation


03/17/16
20160079612 

Carbon paper with conducting polymers and polyols for fuel cell and preparation method thereof


A carbon paper for fuel cells includes a conductive polymer and a polyol having at least two —oh functional groups, and a method for producing the same. The method for producing the carbon paper for fuel cells provides carbon paper with high electroconductivity even when a heat treatment is carried out at low temperature.
Korea Institute Of Energy Research


03/17/16
20160079611 

Method and manufacturing separator for fuel cell


A method for manufacturing a separator assembly includes a preparation step for preparing a first separator, a second separator, and an elastic member; a first placement step for positioning the elastic member and placing the same on a placement surface; a second placement step for positioning the first separator in relation to the elastic member, and placing the first separator so as to overlap the elastic member; and a joining step for joining the elastic member and first separator which have been positioned and made to overlap. In the second placement step, the first separator is made to overlap the elastic member while first positioning members for positioning the elastic member are made to retract into the placement surface..
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.


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.


03/17/16
20160079607 

Method for producing fine catalyst particle and fuel cell comprising fine catalyst particle produced by the production method


Disclosed is a method for producing a fine catalyst particle comprising a palladium-containing particle and a platinum outermost layer covering the palladium-containing particle, wherein a first composite body containing palladium and platinum is formed by mixing the palladium-containing particle with a first solution in which a platinum compound is dissolved, and then covering at least part of a surface of the palladium-containing particle with platinum; wherein a second composite body containing palladium, platinum and copper is formed by mixing the first composite body with a second solution in which a copper compound is dissolved, and then covering at least part of a surface of the first composite body with copper using copper underpotential deposition; and wherein the copper in the second composite body is substituted with platinum derived from a third solution in which a platinum compound is dissolved.. .
Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha


03/17/16
20160079606 

Catalyst, and electrode catalyst layer, membrane electrode assembly and fuel cell using the catalyst


[solving means] disclosed is a catalyst including a catalyst metal and a support, wherein the catalyst includes pores having a radius of 1 nm or more and less than 5 nm, a pore volume of the pores is 0.8 cc/g support or more, and the catalyst metal has a specific surface area of 30 m2/g support or less.. .

03/17/16
20160079605 

Catalyst and electrode catalyst layer, membrane electrode assembly, and fuel cell using the catalyst


In the present invention, a catalyst is configured to include a catalyst support and a catalyst metal supported on the catalyst support, wherein a mode radius of pore distribution of pores of the catalyst is 1 nm or more and less than 5 nm, wherein the mode radius is equal to or less than an average particle radius of the catalyst metal, and wherein a pore volume of the pores is 0.4 cc/g support or more.. .

03/17/16
20160079604 

Catalyst electrodes and making it


fuel cell anodes comprising (a) a catalyst comprising pt, (b) an oxygen evolution reaction catalyst, and (c) at least one of au, a refractory metal (e.g., at least one of hf, nb, os, re, rh, ta, ti, w, or zr), a refractory metal oxide, a refractory metal boride, a refractory metal carbide, a refractory metal nitride, or a refractory metal silicide. The fuel cell anodes are useful in fuel cells..
3m Company


03/17/16
20160077036 

Method and fuel cell for electrochemical measurement of analyte concentration in vivo


The invention relates to a method for the electrochemical measurement of an analyte concentration in vivo, comprising a fuel cell with which the analyte to be measured is reacted catalytically with an enzyme contained in an enzyme layer and which supplies an electrical voltage, dependent on the analyte concentration to be measured, between an anode and a cathode, which voltage is measured. In the catalytic reaction of the analyte to be measured in the enzyme layer, a product is generated which, as fuel of the fuel cell, oxidizes on the anode and is reduced on the cathode.
Roche Diabetes Care, Inc.


03/17/16
20160077033 

Crack detection in ceramics using electrical conductors


Various embodiments provide methods and systems for detecting cracks in ceramic electrolytes using electrical conductors. A method for testing an electrolyte material, such as a ceramic electrolyte material for use in a solid oxide fuel cell device, includes providing a conductive path on the electrolyte material, electrically connecting a probe across the conductive path, and measuring a value associated with the conductive path to determine the presence or absence of a crack in the material..
Bloom Energy Corporation


03/17/16
20160076511 

Systems and methods for applying power generation units in water desalination


The subject disclosure provides systems for electric power generation and water desalination. In certain aspects, the systems include a power generation unit such as a reciprocating generator or fuel cell having a water cooling subsystem configured to receive cool water and output warm water and a water desalination plant co-located with the power generation unit and configured to receive and desalinate the warm water.
Deepwater Desal Llc


03/17/16
20160076509 

Potential energy-based power generation system


The present invention relates to a potential energy-based power generation system and comprises; a pump and a first reservoir for procuring constant potential energy by receiving power from new renewable energy power generation sources or a surplus power source and transferring water on the ground surface to an upper part of a building; a small hydro power generation unit comprising a small hydro power generation turbine and a second power generator and converting the potential energy into power by pouring the water in the first reservoir; a second reservoir located underground of the building to procure additional potential energy, and storing the water which has passed through the small hydro power generation turbine; an electrolysis device performing electrolysis by using the power generated by the small hydro power generation unit and the power supplied from the new renewable energy power generation sources or the surplus power source to procure a storage space of the second reservoir for the small hydro power generation, and producing and separating each of hydrogen and oxygen gases; and a fuel cell power generation unit comprising a fuel cell provided at one side of the first reservoir and a first power generator, and located at the upper part of the building to generate power by receiving the produced hydrogen gas, and storing water generated as a by-product in the first reservoir.. .
Korea Institute Of Energy Research






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