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Date/App# patent app List of recent Fuel Cell-related patents
02/04/16
20160036375 
 Transportable hybrid power system patent thumbnailTransportable hybrid power system
A transportable, deployable power system comprising a hybrid power box containing solar panels, wind turbine(s), fuel cells, fuel reformers, and other energy sources. The system could also include waste water and potable water inlet and outlet ports for water treatment.

02/04/16
20160036236 
 Solid oxide fuel cell-based power generation and delivery system and  operating the same patent thumbnailSolid oxide fuel cell-based power generation and delivery system and operating the same
A power system for an industrial facility includes a hybrid solid oxide fuel cell (hsofc) system. The hsofc system is coupled to at least one dc load and to at least one ac load.
General Electric Company


02/04/16
20160036084 
 Fuel cell stack patent thumbnailFuel 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
20160036083 
 Electroactive cultures and apparatuses therefor patent thumbnailElectroactive cultures and apparatuses therefor
Disclosed herein are methods, systems, and devices for generating electricity from an effluent source. In the presence of electrogenic bacteria and substrate electrodes, an electroactive biofilm is produced which possesses bioconductive capacity for efficiently producing an electric current while treating an effluent source such as, e.g., wastewater.

02/04/16
20160036081 
 Graphene-based proton exchange membrane for direct methanol fuel cells patent thumbnailGraphene-based proton exchange membrane for direct methanol fuel cells
A proton exchange membrane (pem) for use in a direct methanol fuel cell (dmfc) is a laminate of graphene oxide (go) or sulfonated graphene oxide (sgo) platelets. The mean size of the platelets is at least 10 μm in diameter and the platelets are combined as a laminate.
University Of Florida Research Foundation, Inc.


02/04/16
20160036080 
 System for fuel cell vehicle patent thumbnailSystem for fuel cell vehicle
A system for a fuel cell vehicle is provided. The system includes an electrolytic cell installed to react residual hydrogen or oxygen within a stack when a fuel cell starts up and is shut down instead of an auxiliary resistor mounted on an exterior of a stack, thereby increasing stack durability.
Hyundai Motor Company


02/04/16
20160036079 
 Steam boiler for a steam reformer patent thumbnailSteam boiler for a steam reformer
Embodiments are disclosed that relate to a compact steam boiler which may provide steam to a steam reformer in a fuel cell system. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides a steam boiler including an outer shell and a first inner tube and a second inner tube within the outer shell, the first and second inner tubes spaced away from one another.
Doosan Fuel Cell America, Inc.


02/04/16
20160036078 
 Fuel cell device patent thumbnailFuel cell device
It is proposed that the fuel cell device comprise a recirculation unit (16), which is provided to supply at least a proportion of an anode waste gas from the fuel cell unit (12) to the fuel cell device (10).. .

02/04/16
20160036077 
 Apparatus and  managing fuel cell vehicle system patent thumbnailApparatus and managing fuel cell vehicle system
Provided are an apparatus and a method for managing a fuel cell vehicle system, and more particularly, an apparatus and a method for managing a fuel cell vehicle system capable of optimally maintaining a driving method based on environmental information and product information.. .
Korea Institute Of Energy Research


02/04/16
20160036076 
 Method of operating fuel cell system patent thumbnailMethod 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
20160036075 

Device for adjusting hollow fiber membrane density for humidification device of fuel cell


Disclosed is a device for adjusting humidification gas of a membrane humidification device of a fuel cell. In particular, the device is adapted to induce changes in differential pressure and velocity of the wet air for each division module and to improve the humidification efficiency by sequentially mounting the division modules divided into various numbers to the interior of a housing of the membrane humidification device, thereby adjusting the density of the hollow fiber membrane filled in each division module..
Kia Motors Corporation


02/04/16
20160036074 

Humidification device for fuel cell and fuel cell system comprising the same


Disclosed herein is a humidification device for a fuel cell. The humidification device for a fuel cell, which performs membrane humidification of exhaust gas exhausted from a cathode of a fuel cell and dried air supplied through an air compressor and supplies the humidified air to the cathode, includes: a main membrane module including several bundles of first hollow-fiber membranes disposed in the main membrane module and a sub-membrane module connected to the main membrane module and including several bundles of second hollow fiber membranes disposed in the sub-membrane module..
Hyundai Motor Company


02/04/16
20160036073 

Humidifier for fuel cell and fuel cell system comprising the same


A humidifier for a fuel cell is provided. The humidifier is configured to humidify discharged gas from a cathode of the fuel cell and dry air supplied via an air compressor using membrane, and supply humidified air to the cathode.
Hyundai Motor Company


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
20160036071 

Cooling concept for a fuel cell system for a vehicle and aircraft having such a fuel cell system


A fuel cell system for a vehicle comprises at least one fuel cell, at least one fuel cell heat exchanger arranged in or at the at least one fuel cell for receiving heat of the at least one fuel cell, at least one thermal dissipation unit, at least one additional heat exchanger and a cooling loop having a plurality of fluid line segments for conveying a coolant. The at least one fuel cell heat exchanger is coupled with the at least one thermal dissipation unit through the cooling loop, and the additional heat exchanger is arranged in the cooling loop and is adapted for receiving heat from an external source and for raising the temperature of a coolant flowing in the cooling loop..
Airbus Operations Gmbh


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
20160036069 

Treatment solid oxide fuel cells and apparatus thereof


A treatment method for solid oxide fuel cells includes: measuring a radius of curvature of a cell; measuring a surface resistance of cathode current collecting layer of a cell; performing an alcohol permeating test of a cell; performing simultaneously several stages of compression and heating or cooling to a cell; an apparatus for completing above stages is also disclosed.. .
Institute Of Nuclear Energy Research Atomic Energy Council, Executive Yuan


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


02/04/16
20160036065 

Core-shell structured electrocatalysts for fuel cells and production method thereof


Disclosed is a method for producing a core-shell structured electrocatalyst for a fuel cell. The method includes uniformly supporting nano-sized core particles on a support to obtain a core support, and selectively forming a shell layer only on the surface of the core particles of the core support.
Korea Institute Of Science And Technology


02/04/16
20160036064 

Cost-effective solid state reactive sintering protonic ceramic fuel cells


The present invention relates to a protonic ceramic fuel cell and a method of making the same. More specifically, the method relates to a cost-effective route which utilizes a single moderate-temperature (less than or equal to about 1400° c.) sintering step to achieve the sandwich structure of a pcfc single cell (dense electrolyte, porous anode, and porous cathode bone).

02/04/16
20160036063 

Ceramic cathode material of solid oxide fuel cell and manufacturing method thereof


A ceramic cathode material of a solid oxide fuel cell and a manufacturing method thereof are disclosed. The method includes mixing a lanthanum-containing compound, a cobalt-containing compound, a nickel-containing compound, and a copper-containing compound, for preparing the ceramic cathode material of the solid oxide fuel cell of intermediate/low type.
National Taipei University Of Technology


02/04/16
20160036062 

Ceramic cathode material and preparation the same


A ceramic cathode material used in a fuel cell and a preparation method for the same are disclosed. The disclosed ceramic cathode material is prepared by a mix of lanthanum-based compound, cobalt-based compound, and copper-based compound in order to be used in intermediate/low temperature fuel cell.
National Taipei University Of Technology


02/04/16
20160036061 

Tethering of cofactors on graphene-like materials


A family of customizable tethering molecules for tethering cofactors such as, but not necessarily limited to, nicotinamine adenine dinucleotide (nad+/nadh, nad(p)+/nad(p)h) to substrates or structures formed from or including graphene-like materials is described. The tethered cofactor can then be used, for example, as biosensors employed for clinical diagnostic, food industry, medical drug development and environmental and military applications, as well as in reagentless biofuel cells for power generation..
Stc.unm


02/04/16
20160032931 

Cooling unit of air compressor for fuel cell vehicle


An air compressor for a fuel cell vehicle includes a volute housing, an impeller mounted to the volute housing, and a motor driving the impeller and cooling the motor and bearings that support a rotation shaft of the motor using air at an outlet side of the impeller. The air compressor has a cooling unit including: a coolant channel provided in plural along a radial direction in a motor housing that is coupled to the volute housing and through which a coolant flows; and a cooled air channel formed between coolant channels of the motor housing and through which the air flows..
Hyundai Motor Company


02/04/16
20160032472 

Method for recovering platinum group metals from catalytic structures


A method for recovering platinum group metals from a catalytic structure, such as a fuel cell membrane electrode assembly, involving dissolution of the platinum group metal by treating the catalytic structure in an electrolytic cell with a suitable electrolyte containing a complexing agent and introducing an electric current into the electrolytic cell; and subsequently re-precipitating the platinum group metal by increasing the ph of the electrolyte system and adding a reducing agent.. .
Syddansk Universitet


01/28/16
20160028236 

Systems and methods for generating energy using a hydrogen cycle


Systems and methods for continuously generating electric power using a renewable energy power source to continuously generate electrical energy are disclosed. An illustrative embodiment includes transmitting electrical power from the renewable energy power source to an electrolyzer to produce hydrogen gas, storing the hydrogen gas in a storage facility until production of power from the renewable energy power source drops below a predetermined threshold, and activating a secondary power generation system that converts the stored hydrogen to electrical energy.
Bunker Energy Partners, Llc


01/28/16
20160028136 

Power system for a telecommunications network


A reliable, end-to-end power supply solution for components of a telecommunications network provides either a primary source or a backup source of electrical power at various telecommunications sites for reliable operation of telecommunications equipment. One subsystem of the power supply solution includes one or more proton exchange membrane type fuel cells and an energy storage device for storing dc electrical power produced by the fuel cells.
Sprint Connunications Company L.p.


01/28/16
20160028100 

Electrolyte membrane for fuel cell, manufacturing electrolyte membrane, membrane electrode assembly, and fuel cell


In an electrolyte membrane for a fuel cell, having nanofiber unwoven cloth buried in an electrolyte resin, the nanofiber unwoven cloth is disposed being exposed only from one face of the electrolyte membrane. The fuel cell includes a mea having an anode electrode disposed on one face of the electrolyte membrane and having a cathode electrode disposed on the other face thereof, and a pair of separators holding the mea by sandwiching the mea therebetween.
Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.


01/28/16
20160028099 

Electrolyte material, liquid composition and membrane/electrode assembly for polymer electrolyte fuel cell


An electrolyte membrane which is formed of a polymer (h) obtained by converting —so2f groups of a polymer (f) having units derived from a perfluoromonomer having a —so2f group and a dioxolane ring, units derived from a perfluoromonomer having no —so2f group and having a dioxolane ring, and units derived from tetrafluoroethylene, to ion exchange groups, which has an ion exchange capacity of from 0.9 to 1.3 meq/g dry resin, and which has a water content of from 20 to 100%.. .

01/28/16
20160028098 

Passive proton exchange membrane fuel cell


A passive-delivery fuel cell system an anode with a fuel flow channel extending along the body and fluidly connecting the inlet to the outlet, wherein a volume of the flow channel per unit length of the anode body increases along the length of the body towards the second end, a capillary check valve in fluid communication with the anode inlet, a vented fuel cartridge in fluid communication with the anode outlet, and a pump in fluid communication with the vented fuel cartridge, the pump configured to pump fuel from the vented fuel cartridge to the inlet.. .
Neah Power Systems, Inc.


01/28/16
20160028097 

Membrane electrode assembly of fuel cell


A membrane electrode assembly includes a proton exchange membrane and at least one electrode located on the proton exchange membrane, wherein the at least one electrode includes a carbon fiber film. The carbon fiber film includes at least one carbon nanotube film including a number of carbon nanotubes joined end to end and extending along a same direction.
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd.


01/28/16
20160028096 

System and increasing the efficiency for a solid oxide fuel cell system


System and method for increasing efficiency of a solid oxide fuel cell (sofc) system by recapturing water via a condensate extraction system that extracts water from a hot cathode exhaust flow of the sofc stack. Further, the sofc system can include a radiant heater which has a fuel inlet, an air intake, and an exhaust outlet independent and separate from the power generating components in the sofc system.
Cummins Power Generation Ip, Inc.


01/28/16
20160028095 

Impedance measuring device and control impedance measuring device


An impedance measuring device outputs an ac signal having a predetermined frequency to each of a positive electrode terminal and a negative electrode terminal of the fuel cell. The impedance measuring device includes a detection unit that detects an ac potential difference between the positive electrode terminal and a midpoint of the fuel cell, and an adjustment unit that adjusts an amplitude of the ac signal to adjust a detection signal to a predetermined value.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.


01/28/16
20160028094 

Solid oxide fuel cell having longitudinal and lateral channels


Provided is a solid oxide fuel cell having longitudinal and lateral channels in an electronic separator plate. A solid oxide fuel cell includes a unit cell formed by stacking a cathode, electrolyte, and an anode, a separator plate having channels in both surfaces thereof, wherein reaction gas flows through the channels, and the channels include longitudinal channels parallel to a flow direction of the reaction gas, and lateral channels crossing the flow direction of the reaction gas, and a collector disposed between the unit cell and the separator plate.
Posco Energy Co., Ltd.


01/28/16
20160028091 

Method for manufacturing solid oxide fuel cell anode with high stability and high efficiency


A nanostructured anode of solid oxide fuel cell with high stability and high efficiency and a method for manufacturing the same are revealed. This anode comprising a porous permeable metal substrate, a diffusion barrier layer and a nano-composite film is formed by atmospheric plasma spray.
Atomic Energy Council-institute Of Nuclear Energy Research


01/28/16
20160028090 

Cathode for fuel cell


A cathode for a fuel cell includes, as a binder, a copolymer of a hydrophilic monomer and at least one of a silicone-containing monomer and a silicone-containing macromonomer.. .
Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha


01/28/16
20160024666 

Electrochemical compressor utilizing an electrolysis


An electrochemical compression system utilizes an electrolyzer to electrolyze an electrochemically active working fluid, at a first pressure, into decomposition products that are reformed back into said electrochemically active working fluid by a fuel cell, at a higher pressure. Water may be electrolyzed into hydrogen and oxygen and stored in reservoir tanks at an elevated pressure and subsequently provided to a fuel cell for reforming.
Xergy Inc.


01/28/16
20160023899 

Fuel reformer and fuel cell


A fuel reformer 20 producing a reformed gas by catalysis by using a fuel gas includes a combustion chamber 24, a combustion nozzle 30, an exhausting pipe 15, a gas distribution gap 25, an outer reforming portion 43, a fuel gas introduction pipe 10, and a reformed gas outlet pipe 11. The combustion nozzle 30 is located in the combustion chamber 24.
Sumitomo Precision Products Co., Ltd.


01/28/16
20160023193 

Methanol steam reforming catalysts


Novel catalysts, substantially free of cu and zn, useful for the reformation of methanol and steam into h2 for use in hydrogen fuel cells and their use are described herein.. .
Basf Corporation


01/21/16
20160020480 

Fuel cell, fluid distribution device for fuel cell, and vehicle provided with fuel cell


A fuel cell contains two or more fluid-supplying internal manifolds and fluid-discharging internal manifolds for each fluid. External manifolds include fluid-supplying external manifolds, which connect to the fluid-supplying internal manifolds, and fluid-discharging external manifolds, which connect to the fluid-discharging internal manifolds, for each fluid.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.


01/21/16
20160020476 

Operational control of fuel cells


Various examples are provided for operational control of fuel cells. In one example, among others, a system for controlling a fuel cell includes a stack temperature controller in cascade with a liquid level controller.
University Of Florida Research Foundation, Inc.


01/21/16
20160020475 

Mixed-reactant fuel cells with selective electrodes


A mixed reactant fuel cell (mrfc) including a mrfc-optimized electrocatalyst utilizing a combination of selective catalysts and selective fuel distributors.. .

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


01/21/16
20160020473 

Apparatus and high efficiency operation of fuel cell systems


A drive circuit comprising a dc bus configured to supply power to a load, a first fuel cell coupled to the dc bus and configured to provide a first power output to the dc bus, and a second fuel cell coupled to the dc bus and configured to provide a second power output to the dc bus supplemental to the first fuel cell. The drive circuit further includes an energy storage device coupled to the dc bus and configured to receive energy from the dc bus when a combined output of the first and second fuel cells is greater than a power demand from a load, and provide energy to the dc bus when the combined output of the first and second fuel cells is less than the power demand from the load..
General Electric Company


01/21/16
20160020472 

Solid oxide fuel cell bundle assembly with insulation end pieces and tilt pad tie down clamp


A fuel cell assembly of one or more fuel cell bundles, wherein each fuel cell bundle comprises an array of elongated tubular fuel cells, comprising: an oxidant supply system; a fuel supply system; a fuel reformation system; and a support structure for integrating as a bundle said elongated tubular fuel cells, said oxidant supply system, said fuel supply system, and said fuel reformation system; a first row of spaced apart, elongated tubular fuel cells; wherein said support structure comprises: a base plate; a plurality of upper insulation end pieces (uieps) surrounding a top of the fuel cell assembly to produce a top assembly, wherein each upper insulation end piece has a top surface, a side portion and a beveled portion disposed between the top surface and the side portion to produce a beveled shoulder around the top assembly; a top clamp having a beveled inner surface complementary to the beveled shoulder that interfaces against a plurality of pivot pads disposed on the beveled shoulder when the top clamp is tensioned against the top assembly.. .
Pittsburgh Electric Engine, Inc.


01/21/16
20160020471 

Coatings for metal interconnects to reduce sofc degradation


A method of coating an interconnect for a solid oxide fuel cell includes providing an interconnect including cr and fe, and coating an air side of the interconnect with a manganese cobalt oxide spinel coating using a plasma spray process.. .
Bloom Energy Corporation


01/21/16
20160020470 

Composition for fuel cell electrode


In some examples, a fuel cell including an anode; electrolyte; and cathode separated from the anode by the electrolyte, wherein the cathode includes a pr-nickelate based material with (pr1-xax)n+1(ni1-yby)no3n+1+δ as a general formula, where n is 1 as an integer, a is an a-site dopant including of a metal of a group formed by one or more lanthanides, and b is a b-site dopant including of a metal of a group formed by one or more transition metals, wherein the a and b-site dopants are provided such that there is an increase in phase-stability and reduction in degradation of the pr-nickelate based material, and a is at least one metal cation of lanthanides, la, nd, sm, or gd, b is at least one metal cation of transition metals, cu, co, mn, zn, or cr, where: 0<x<1, and 0<y≦0.4.. .
University Of South Carolina


01/21/16
20160017068 

Polymer compound for a conductive polymer and producing same


There can be provided a polymer compound for a conductive polymer having a specific superacidic sulfo group which is soluble in an organic solvent, and suitably used for a fuel cell or a dopant for a conductive material.. .

01/21/16
20160017066 

Polymer compound for a conductive polymer and producing same


There can be provided a polymer compound for a conductive polymer having a specific superacidic sulfo group which is soluble in an organic solvent, and suitably used for a fuel cell or a dopant for a conductive material.. .

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
20160013503 

Gas diffusion layer for fuel cell, fuel cell, and manufacturing gas diffusion layer for fuel cell


Gas diffusion layers, that is, an anode-side gas diffusion layer and a cathode-side gas diffusion layer that are attached to an mea have irregularities on fiber surfaces of carbon fibers deposited in a layer thickness direction. These irregularities on the fiber surfaces are formed when the fibers are extruded from an extrusion nozzle to be spun..
Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha


01/14/16
20160013502 

Integrated power generation using molten carbonate fuel cells


In various aspects, systems and methods are provided for integrated operation of molten carbonate fuel cells with turbines for power generation. Instead of selecting the operating conditions of a fuel cell to improve or maximize the electrical efficiency of the fuel cell, an excess of reformable fuel can be passed into the anode of the fuel cell to increase the chemical energy output of the fuel cell.
Exxonmobil Research And Engineering Company


01/14/16
20160013501 

Fuel cell


A solid oxide fuel cell includes a cell stack, a reformed gas introduction path introducing a reformed gas into the cell stack, an oxidizing agent gas introduction path introducing an oxidizing agent gas into the cell stack, and a cooling gas introduction path introducing a cooling gas into the oxidizing agent gas introduction path. A heat-absorption part absorbing heat is provided in a periphery of the cell stack, and the cooling gas introduction path is connected with the oxidizing agent gas introduction path through the heat-absorption part..
Sumitomo Precision Products Co., Ltd.


01/14/16
20160013500 

Method and detecting defects of fuel cell membrane-electrode assembly


Disclosed herein is a method of detecting defects of a fuel cell membrane-electrode assembly which comprises a gas diffusion layer, a catalyst layer and an electrolyte membrane. The method includes steps of: supplying gas to a first side of the membrane-electrode assembly; deducing a pressure of the supplied gas and a permeation rate of the gas permeating to a second side of the membrane-electrode assembly and then deducing an interface pressure between the electrolyte membrane and the gas diffusion layer of the membrane-electrode assembly using the deduced pressure of the supplied gas and the permeation rate; calculating a gas permeability of the electrolyte membrane using the deduced values of the pressure of the supplied gas and the permeation rate and a predetermined outlet pressure at the second side of the membrane-electrode assembly; and determining a defect state of the electrolyte membrane using a variation in the calculated gas permeability according to a change in the pressure of the supplied gas..
Hyundai Motor Company


01/14/16
20160013495 

Catalyst for solid polymer fuel cells and producing same


Provided is a catalyst for solid polymer fuel cell that exhibits excellent initial activity and favorable durability and a method for manufacturing the same. The invention is a catalyst for solid polymer fuel cell which is formed by supporting catalyst particles including platinum, cobalt and manganese on a carbon powder carrier, wherein a composition ratio (molar ratio) among platinum, cobalt and manganese in the catalyst particles is pt:co:mn=1:0.06 to 0.39:0.04 to 0.33, a peak intensity ratio of a co—mn alloy appearing in the vicinity of 2θ=27° is 0.15 or less with respect to a main peak appearing in the vicinity of 2θ=40° in x-ray diffraction analysis of the catalyst particles, and a fluorine compound having a c—f bond is supported at least on the surface of the catalyst particles.
Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo K.k.


01/14/16
20160013494 

Catalyst particles for fuel cells and producing same


A catalyst particle (1) for a fuel cell according to the present invention includes: a metal particle (2) composed of either one of metal other than noble metal and an alloy of the metal other than the noble metal and the noble metal; and a noble metal layer (3) that is provided on a surface of the metal particle and has a thickness of 1 nm to 3.2 nm. By the fact that the catalyst particle for a fuel cell has such a configuration, the catalyst particle can enhance catalytic activity while reducing an amount of the noble metal.
Nissan 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


01/14/16
20160010235 

Fuel cell separator and manufacturing the same


A fuel cell separator 60 having a metal plate and an anticorrosion resin coating layer 55 formed thereon is provided, with which adhesion between the resin coating layer 55 and its counterpart member is further increased and the durability of a fuel cell unit is improved. In forming the fuel cell separator 60 having a separator substrate 50 that is a metal plate and an anticorrosion resin coating layer 55 formed thereon, the resin coating layer 55 is formed such that it has a surface roughness ra of 0.5 to 13.5 μm.
Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha


01/14/16
20160010228 

Electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution and oxidation reactions


A metallic alloy includes cu and one or more metals m selected from the group consisting of ti, v, cr, mn, fe, co, ni and zn, wherein the alloy has a surface in the form of a vermiculated arrangement of irregular, nanoporous lands separated by troughs or channels. It can be made by contacting a precursor alloy including cu, m and al with a caustic liquid under conditions sufficient to remove the al.
Columbia University


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
20160006068 

Composite proton conducting electrolyte with improved additives for fuel cells


Additives can be used to prepare polymer electrolyte for membrane electrode assemblies in polymer electrolyte fuel cells in order to improve both durability and performance. The additives are chemical complexes comprising certain metal and organic ligand components..
Daimler Ag


01/07/16
20160006067 

Assembly for making a fuel cell component and a using the assembly


According to an example embodiment, a fuel cell component manufacturing assembly includes a support member that is configured to be situated adjacent the fuel cell component to provide support for the component. The support member has a perimeter corresponding to a perimeter of the component.
Ballard Power Systems Inc.


01/07/16
20160006066 

Energy conversion system


An improved system of hardware and controls, known as a hyper hub, that absorbs electric power from any source, including hydropower, wind, solar, and other renewable energy resources, chemically stores the power in hydrogen-dense anhydrous ammonia, then reshapes the stored energy to the power grid with zero emissions by using anhydrous ammonia to fuel diesel-type, spark-ignited internal combustion, combustion turbine, fuel cell or other electric power generators, and for other purposes.. .

01/07/16
20160006065 

Power generation systems and methods utilizing cascaded fuel cells


A power generation system including a first fuel cell configured to generate a first anode tail gas stream is presented. The system includes at least one fuel reformer configured to receive the first anode tail gas stream, mix the first anode tail gas stream with a reformer fuel stream to form a reformed stream; a splitting mechanism to split the reformed stream into a first portion and a second portion; and a fuel path configured to circulate the first portion to an anode inlet of the first fuel cell, such that the first fuel cell is configured to generate a first electric power, at least in part, by using the first portion as a fuel.
General Electric Company


01/07/16
20160006064 

Hydrocarbon-operable fuel cell system


The invention relates to an energy generation apparatus (1), in particular for use in a vehicle, which can be operated using hydrocarbons such as diesel and the like, which comprises a fuel cell (2) and is provided with connections (3, 4, 5) for introduction of air and the hydrocarbons and for the output of electric energy. According to the invention, the energy generation apparatus has three essentially physically separate functional units (7, 8, 9), where the first functional unit (7) is configured as a supply device for media and has essentially devices for introduction of fuel and air, a second functional unit (8) is configured for reforming and has essentially devices for converting the hydrocarbons into process gas and a third functional unit (9) is configured for generation of electric energy and has essentially the fuel cell (2), where the process gas produced in the second functional unit (8) is fed to the third functional unit (9)..
Avl List Gmbh


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
20160006061 

Power converter for fuel cell and controlling the same


A power converter for a fuel cell is provided. The power converter includes a boost converter connected to the fuel cell and configured to control a load voltage at a predetermined magnitude in a normal operation mode and to induce an output response by applying a predetermined perturbation current to the fuel cell in a diagnosis mode, and a digital signal processor configured to extract an impedance parameter by detecting the output response of the fuel cell in the diagnosis mode, and predict a lifespan of the fuel cell according to the impedance parameter.
Foundation Of Soongsil University-industry Cooperation


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
20160006057 

Power generation operating power generation system


Provided are: a power generation system that can generate electric power efficiently with a fuel cell; and a method for operating said power generation system. This power generation system comprises: a fuel cell including a plurality of unit fuel cell modules; a gas turbine; various lines for circulating fuel gas, air, discharged fuel gas, and discharged air between the fuel cell and the gas turbine; and a control device.
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd.


01/07/16
20160006056 

Fuel cell controlling the same


Disclosed is a fuel cell system and a method for controlling the fuel cell system. In the method, an external air temperature and a fuel cell temperature are monitored.
Hyundai Motor Company


01/07/16
20160006049 

System and controlling air blower for fuel cell vehicle


A system and method of controlling an air blower for a fuel cell vehicle are provided. The method includes determining an operation amount of an air blower to secure a sufficient air flow rate under present operating conditions and obtaining information regarding clogging of an air channel or information regarding a back pressure using the operation amount of the air blower.
Kia Motors Corporation


01/07/16
20160006048 

Unknown


A fuel cell device having a fuel cell unit (12) which has at least one anode (14) and at least one cathode (16), having at least one anode gas processor (18) which has at least one first heat exchanger (20), and having at least one cathode gas processor (22) which has at least one second heat exchanger (24). The at least one first heat exchanger (20) and the at least one second heat exchanger (24) each take a helical form..
Robert Bosch Gmbh


01/07/16
20160006045 

Bipolar plate for fuel cell, fuel cell and producing the bipolar plate


The invention relates to a bipolar plate for a fuel cell. The bipolar plate has a fuel side, an oxidant side, two individual plates and a coolant cavity arranged between the individual plates.
Volkswagen Ag


01/07/16
20160006044 

Separator for fuel cell


A separator for a fuel cell includes a thin metal plate, protrusions that are formed on the metal plate to be close to each other, and gas passages formed by the protrusions. Each gas passage has a first opening corresponding to an inlet and a second opening corresponding to an outlet.
Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha


01/07/16
20160006042 

Supported catalyst for fuel cell, manufacturing thereof, and fuel cell


An object of the present invention is to provide a supported catalyst for a fuel cell having a high activity, a method of manufacturing thereof, and a fuel cell including the supported catalyst for a fuel cell. A supported catalyst for a fuel cell of the present invention includes a conductive carrier and catalyst particle supported on the conductive carrier and contains platinum.
Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha


01/07/16
20160006041 

Use of an anode catalyst layer


A method of operating a fuel cell having an anode, a cathode and a polymer electrolyte membrane disposed between the anode and the cathode, includes feeding the anode with an impure hydrogen stream having low levels of carbon monoxide up to 5 ppm, wherein the anode includes an anode catalyst layer including a carbon monoxide tolerant catalyst material, wherein the catalyst material includes: (i) a binary alloy of ptx, wherein x is a metal selected from the group consisting of nb and ta, and wherein the atomic percentage of platinum in the alloy is from 45 to 80 atomic % and the atomic percentage of x in the alloy is from 20 to 55 atomic %; and (ii) a support material on which the ptx alloy is dispersed; wherein the total loading of platinum in the anode catalyst layer is from 0.01 to 0.2 mgpt/cm2.. .
Johnson Matthey Fuel Cells Limited


01/07/16
20160006040 

Direct reforming catalyst for molten carbonate fuel cells, preparing the same and improving long-term stability thereof by wettability control on molten carbonate electrolyte


Disclosed is a homogeneous catalyst having a single phase of perovskite oxide, wherein at least one doping element is substituted at site a, site b or sites a and b in abo3 perovskite type oxide so that the wettability with a liquid molten carbonate electrolyte may be decreased. The catalyst may have high catalytic activity, inhibit catalyst poisoning caused by creepage and evaporation of a liquid molten carbonate electrolyte, maintain high reaction activity for a long time, provide high methane conversion, and allow production of synthetic gas having a high proportion of hydrogen..
Korea Institute Of Science And Technology


01/07/16
20160006038 

Non-puncturing fuel cell gas diffusion layer


A sheet of fiber carbon paper (9) is advanced from a first roll on a spindle (11) around a roller (14) to a second roll around a spindle (15). Bending of the sheet of fiber carbon paper around the roller (14) causes fibers that are prone to disentangle to protrude outwardly from the surface and are shaved off by a razor-sharp edge (17) affixed to a stationary point (18).
Audi Ag


01/07/16
20160006037 

Liquid-electrolyte fuel-cell electrodes with soluble fluoropolymer coating and making same


An electrode for a phosphoric acid fuel cell includes a phosphoric acid electrode; catalyst particles on the phosphoric acid electrode; and a fluoropolymer on the catalyst particles. Methods for making such electrodes using soluble fluoropolymer are also provided..
Doosan Fuel Cell America, Inc.






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