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Fuel cell with enhanced mass transfer characteristics

Korea Institute Of Science And Technology

Fuel cell with enhanced mass transfer characteristics

Toyota Boshoku

Gas-liquid separator for vehicle-mounted fuel cell

Date/App# patent app List of recent Fuel Cell-related patents
04/23/15
20150112530
 Method and system for controlling a fuel cell vehicle patent thumbnailnew patent Method and system for controlling a fuel cell vehicle
A method and system for controlling a fuel cell vehicle are provided in which a bidirectional converter monitors a state of a fuel cell vehicle in real time to improve control responsiveness in a transient state of the fuel cell vehicle. The method includes receiving, by a bidirectional converter, a command for a current limiting value in the high voltage battery from the fuel cell controller while the fuel cell vehicle is driven.
Hyundai Motor Company
04/23/15
20150111728
 Method of fabricating honeycomb catalyst of nano metal oxides for natural gas reforming patent thumbnailnew patent Method of fabricating honeycomb catalyst of nano metal oxides for natural gas reforming
A honeycomb catalyst is fabricated. The catalyst is made of nano metal oxides.
Institute Of Nuclear Energy Research, Atomic Energy Council, Executive Yuan, R.o.c.
04/23/15
20150111132
 Separator material for polymer electrolyte fuel cell having excellent corrosion resistance, conductivity and formability, and  manufacturing same patent thumbnailnew patent Separator material for polymer electrolyte fuel cell having excellent corrosion resistance, conductivity and formability, and manufacturing same
[solution] a thin plate is prepared by an ultraquenching transition control injector with a mixture of a metal powder having corrosion resistance to form a matrix and a powder having conductivity, as a raw material. When the matrix of the thin plate is crystal-structure metal, the plate can be formed at room temperature, and when the matrix is metallic glass, the plate can be formed in a supercooled liquid state.
04/23/15
20150111131
 Sealed water vapor transfer unit assembly with integrated load transferring structure patent thumbnailnew patent Sealed water vapor transfer unit assembly with integrated load transferring structure
A water vapor transfer unit assembly is disclosed, the water vapor transfer unit assembly including a plurality of water vapor transfer units having a fluid permeable membrane and a plurality of supports disposed within a sealing frame adjacent an end plate of a fuel cell stack, wherein the sealing frame is adapted to provide support to the end plate and a fuel cell stack of the fuel cell stack system.. .
Gm Global Technology Operations Llc
04/23/15
20150111128
 Method for producing anion exchange membrane, fuel cell membrane electrode assembly, and fuel cell patent thumbnailnew patent Method for producing anion exchange membrane, fuel cell membrane electrode assembly, and fuel cell
The method for producing an anion exchange membrane according to the present invention includes the steps of irradiating a substrate composed of a hydrocarbon polymer with radiation and heat-treating the irradiated substrate so as to form a crosslinked structure between chains of the hydrocarbon polymer contained in the substrate; further irradiating the substrate, in which the crosslinked structure has been formed, with radiation and graft-polymerizing, onto the irradiated substrate, a monomer containing a site into which a functional group having anion conducting ability can be introduced and an unsaturated carbon-carbon bond so as to form a graft chain composed of the polymerized monomer; and introducing the functional group having anion conducting ability into the site of the formed graft chain.. .
Nitto Denko Corporation
04/23/15
20150111127
 Fuel cell with enhanced mass transfer characteristics patent thumbnailnew patent Fuel cell with enhanced mass transfer characteristics
Disclosed is a fuel cell with enhanced mass transfer characteristics in which a highly hydrophobic porous medium, which is prepared by forming a micro-nano dual structure in which nanometer-scale protrusions with a high aspect ratio are formed on the surface of a porous medium with a micrometer-scale roughness by plasma etching and then by depositing a hydrophobic thin film thereon, is used as a gas diffusion layer, thereby increasing hydrophobicity due to the micro-nano dual structure and the hydrophobic thin film. When this highly hydrophobic porous medium is used as a gas diffusion layer for a fuel cell, it is possible to reduce water flooding by efficiently discharging water produced by an electrochemical reaction of the fuel cell and to improve the performance of the fuel cell by facilitating the supply of reactant gases such as hydrogen and air (oxygen) to a membrane-electrode assembly (mea)..
Korea Institute Of Science And Technology
04/23/15
20150111126
 Catalyst treatment for solid polymer electrolyte fuel cells patent thumbnailnew patent Catalyst treatment for solid polymer electrolyte fuel cells
The high current density performance of solid polymer electrolyte fuel cells using certain alloy catalyst compositions can be improved via appropriate treatment of the catalyst composition with a fluoro-phosphonic acid compound. In particular, fuel cells employing carbon supported pt—co cathode catalyst compositions with relatively high co content benefit by treating the catalyst composition with 2-(perfluorohexyl) ethyl phosphonic acid..
Ford Motor Company
04/23/15
20150111125
 Alignment feature and  alignment in fuel cell stacks patent thumbnailnew patent Alignment feature and alignment in fuel cell stacks
Alignment features and methods for their use are disclosed for purposes of aligning adjacent bipolar plates, and also optionally the membrane electrode assemblies as well as the plates making up the bipolar plates, during assembly of solid polymer electrolyte fuel cell stacks. The alignment features are located within common datum openings and advantageously can be in-plane with the bipolar plates.
Ford Motor Company
04/23/15
20150111124
 Catalyst slurry for fuel cell, and electrode, membrane electrode assembly and fuel cell using the same patent thumbnailnew patent Catalyst slurry for fuel cell, and electrode, membrane electrode assembly and fuel cell using the same
A catalyst slurry including a catalyst material, a polymer binder, a plurality of inorganic particles, wherein each particle includes an ionic group, a hydrophilic oligomer, and a solvent.. .
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
04/23/15
20150111123
 Exhaust air guide of a fuel cell stack in a motor vehicle patent thumbnailnew patent Exhaust air guide of a fuel cell stack in a motor vehicle
An exhaust-air guide of a fuel cell stack having a cooling structure, in particular in a motor vehicle, is provided. The cooler structure belongs to the functional environment of the fuel cell stack and is in form through which ambient air flows.
Bayerische Motoren Werke Aktiengesellschaft
04/23/15
20150111122
new patent

Fuel cell system


A fuel cell system according to the present invention comprises: a fuel cell including a membrane-electrode assembly in which electrodes, each having a catalyst layer, are arranged on both surfaces of a polymer electrolyte membrane; and a control apparatus that performs performance recovery processing for the catalyst layer by decreasing an output voltage of the fuel cell to a predetermined voltage, wherein the control apparatus predicts a timing of an output increase request being made to the fuel cell and determines the necessity and content of the performance recovery processing based on a result of the prediction.. .
Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
04/23/15
20150111121
new patent

Pre-reformer for selective reformation of higher hydrocarbons


Systems and methods are provided integrating an annular pre-reformer as part of an anode recuperator of a fuel cell system.. .
Bloom Energy Corporation
04/23/15
20150111120
new patent

Fuel cell based power generator and fuel cartridge


A power generator includes a power generator cavity adapted to receive a fuel cartridge, a protrusion disposed with in the cavity to engage a check valve of the fuel cartridge, a fuel cell to convert hydrogen and oxygen to electricity and to generate water vapor, and a passage to transport hydrogen from the cavity to the fuel cell and water vapor to the cavity.. .
Honeywell International Inc.
04/23/15
20150111116
new patent

Fuel cell system


A fuel cell system according to the present invention comprises a fuel gas supply system that supplies a fuel gas from a fuel supply source to a fuel cell that includes a stack including a plurality of cells, and a fuel off-gas circulation system that resupplies fuel off-gas to the stack. The fuel off-gas circulation system includes: a mixed fuel gas flow path formed such that a mixed fuel gas containing the fuel off-gas and the fuel gas flows in a direction along an inner surface of a manifold installed in the stack; and a point of merger where the fuel off-gas and the fuel gas merge with each other to produce the mixed fuel gas, the point of merger being arranged on one surface side of the manifold.
Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
04/23/15
20150111070
new patent

Starting apparatus and fuel cell vehicle


A starting apparatus of a fuel cell vehicle includes: a fuel cell stack that supplies a driving voltage to a motor; a low voltage battery that supplies a starting voltage to an air blower; and a high voltage dc converter that boosts at least one of the driving voltage and the starting voltage and selectively transmits the boosted voltage to the motor and the air blower. A method of starting the fuel cell vehicle includes transmitting the starting voltage to the high voltage dc converter and boosting the starting voltage when entering a starting mode; driving the air blower with the boosted starting voltage; generating the driving voltage according to starting of the fuel cell stack; blocking the starting voltage to the high voltage dc converter if the driving voltage is equal to or larger than a predetermined voltage value; and supplying the driving voltage to the motor..
Hyundai Motor Company
04/23/15
20150111067
new patent

Biological fuel cell and methods


A fuel cell has an anode and a cathode with anode enzyme disposed on the anode and cathode enzyme is disposed on the cathode. The anode is configured and arranged to electrooxidize an anode reductant in the presence of the anode enzyme.
Abbott Diabetes Care Inc.
04/23/15
20150110665
new patent

Pre-formed powder delivery to powder press machine


Methods for fabricating an interconnect for a fuel cell system that include forming a metal powder into a preform structure, positioning the preform structure in a die cavity of a press apparatus, and compressing the preform structure in the press apparatus to form the interconnect. Further embodiments include use of thin inserts in the die cavity to provide reduced permeability and/or including filler material in the die cavity..
Bloom Energy Corporation
04/23/15
20150108990
new patent

Power cell system with means for detecting a discontinuity


A power cell system, e.g. A fuel cell system, having a plurality of power cells, e.g.
Vito Nv
04/23/15
20150108068
new patent

Microbial fuel cell aerator


A device for mixing and aerating a body of water, the device includes a microbial fuel cell comprising an anode and a cathode; an electricity management subsystem electrically connecting the anode and the cathode; and a mixing subsystem electrically connected to the electricity management subsystem. The device can be used to mix or aerate a body of water containing organic material while simultaneously reducing the requirements for aeration.
Proteus Environmental Technologies, Llc
04/23/15
20150107198
new patent

Gas-liquid separator for vehicle-mounted fuel cell


A gas-liquid separator separates water from exhaust gas discharged from a fuel cell mounted in a vehicle after the fuel cell generates electricity. The gas-liquid separator includes a case that includes a water storage region.
Toyota Boshoku Kabushiki Kaisha
04/16/15
20150105952

System and controlling air supply of fuel cell vehicle


A method for controlling an air supply of a fuel cell vehicle is provided. In particular, an air supply of a fuel cell vehicle is controlled by calculating an available power which is currently being used by a vehicle; calculating a motoring request power from a driving motor, based on the calculated available power and power required by the driving motor; calculating stack request power required in the fuel cell based on a required charging request power and the calculated motoring request power, depending on a state of charge (soc) of a high voltage battery; and controlling the air supply to the fuel cell depending on the calculated stack request power..
Hyundai Motor Company
04/16/15
20150105244

Electrode material and its applications in direct fuel cell and electrochemical hydrogenation electrolytic tank


An electrode material for a direct fuel cell or an electrochemical hydrogenation electrolytic tank, includes component a, or component b, or the mixture of component a and component b. The component a is any one of or a mixture of two or more than two of hnnb2o5, hnv2o5, hnmoo3, hnta2o5 or hnwo3 at any ratio, where 0<n≦4.
China University Of Geosciences (wuhan)
04/16/15
20150105239

Crown ether containing pem electrode


A membrane electrode assembly for fuel cells includes a proton conducting membrane having a first side and a second side. The membrane electrode assembly further includes an anode disposed over the first side of the proton conducting layer and a cathode catalyst layer disposed over the second side of the proton conducting layer.
Gm Global Technology Operations Llc
04/16/15
20150104729

Fuel cell


A fuel cell includes a membrane electrode assembly, separators, and a second separator among the separators. The membrane electrode assembly includes an electrolyte membrane, a first electrode and a second electrode, and a resin frame member.
Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
04/16/15
20150104728

Fuel cell electrode catalyst having graduated layers


Embodiments of electrode assemblies and fuel cells having increased catalyst durability are provided. One embodiment of an electrode assembly for a fuel cell comprises a first catalyst layer adjacent an electrolyte membrane comprising first active catalyst particles supported on first support particles having a first support size and a second catalyst layer adjacent the first catalyst layer opposite the electrolyte membrane comprising second active catalyst particles supported on second support particles having a second support size.
Nissan North America, Inc.
04/16/15
20150104727

Method of forming a fuel cell sheet


An example method of forming a fuel cell sheet includes flattening a screen to form a sheet that has a plurality of apertures operative to communicate a fluid within a fuel cell.. .
Ballard Power Systems Inc.
04/16/15
20150104726

Device and heating fuel cell stack and fuel cell system having the device


Provided is device and method for heating fuel cell stack and fuel cell system having the device. The fuel cell system includes: a power generating unit having fuel cell stacks arranged with an interval defined between the stacks; an outlet manifold unit provided outside each fuel cell stack and guiding a reaction mixture discharged from each stack to outside; an inlet manifold unit provided on each stack at a location opposed to the outlet manifold unit based on the stack, the inlet manifold unit supplying fuel and air supplied through a fuel supply pipe and an air supply pipe into the stack; and a subsidiary fuel supply unit for supplying subsidiary fuel into the outlet manifold unit such that the subsidiary fuel is burnt in the outlet manifold unit so as to heat both the outlet manifold unit and the stack coming into contact with the outlet manifold unit..
Sk Innovation Co., Ltd.
04/16/15
20150104725

Combined fuel cell and boiler system


The present invention relates to a combined fuel cell and boiler system, and comprising: a fuel cell portion for receiving supplied outside air and raw material gas and generating electricity through a catalyst reaction; and a boiler portion comprising a latent heat exchanger, which is connected to an exhaust gas pipe of the fuel cell portion, for collecting the latent heat of self-generated exhaust gas with the latent heat of exhaust gas from the fuel cell portion. The present invention can effectively increase the efficiency of a boiler by supplying the exhaust gas from the fuel cell to the latent heat exchanger in the boiler, so as to be heat-exchanged in the latent heat exchanger with the exhaust gas from the boiler and then discharged, and can simplify the composition by unifying exhaust gas pipes..
Kyungdong Navien Co., Ltd.
04/16/15
20150104722

Freeze-tolerant valve


A valve for reducing the likelihood of ice-related blockage in a fuel cell and methods for starting a fuel cell system. The valve includes a valve plate and coupling plate that are cooperative with one another within a valve body such that flexural forces imparted to the valve plate from a pressurized fluid are transferred to localized contact surfaces between the valve plate and coupling plate.
Gm Global Technology Operations Llc
04/16/15
20150104721

Performance recovery fuel cell stack


A method for recovering the performance of a fuel cell stack mounted within a vehicle is provided. A method includes a recovery process of continuously applying a predetermined load using a load device when an air supply is stopped and hydrogen is supplied to a fuel cell stack to output current from the fuel cell stack.
Hyundai Motor Company
04/16/15
20150104670

Materials and configurations for scalable microbial fuel cells


Devices for production of electricity and/or hydrogen gas are provided by the present invention. In particular, microbial fuel cells for production of electricity and modified microbial fuel cells for production of hydrogen are detailed.
The Penn State Research Foundation
04/16/15
20150102268

Method for producing carbon paper for fuel cell diffusion layer by addition of conducting polymer and carbon paper for fuel cell diffusion layer produced by the method


Disclosed is a carbon paper for a fuel cell gas diffusion layer. The carbon paper can be produced by baking and calcination at a low temperature.
Korea Institute Of Energy Research
04/16/15
20150101750

Bonding apparatus of fuel cell stack and method thereof


A bonding apparatus of fuel cell stack includes a lower heat plate provided at one side of a gas diffusion layer provided at both sides of a membrane electrode assembly, the lower heat plate supplying heat to the gas diffusion layer and including a steam supply line for supplying steam to the gas diffusion layer. An upper heat plate is provided at the other side of a gas diffusion layer, the upper heat plate supplying heat to the gas diffusion layer and including a steam supply line for supplying steam to the gas diffusion layer.
Hyundai Motor Company
04/09/15
20150099215

Fuel cell stack with enhanced freeze-thaw durability


The present invention provides a fuel cell stack with enhanced freeze-thaw durability. In particular, the fuel cell stack includes a gas diffusion layer between a membrane-electrode assembly and a bipolar plate.
Kia Motors Corporation
04/09/15
20150099213

Fuel cell stack bus bar assembly systems and methods


Systems and methods are disclosing providing for a fuel cell (“fc”) stack assembly utilizing bus bars that accommodate for variations in fc stack heights during assembly. In some embodiments, bus bars consistent with embodiments disclosed herein may be integrally formed with terminal plates out of a single piece of conductive material.
Gm Global Technology Operations Llc
04/09/15
20150099212

Gas phase modification of solid oxide fuel cells


A solid oxide fuel cell comprising an electrolyte, an anode and a cathode. In this fuel cell at least one electrode has been modified with a promoter using gas phase infiltration..
Phillips 66 Company
04/09/15
20150099211

Liquid phase modification of solid oxide fuel cells


A solid oxide fuel cell comprising an electrolyte, an anode and a cathode. In this fuel cell at least one electrode has been modified with a promoter using liquid phase infiltration..
Phillips 66 Company
04/09/15
20150099209

Formation of solid oxide fuel cells by spraying


The present embodiment describes a method of forming different layers in a solid oxide fuel cell. The method begins by preparing slurries which are then delivered to a spray nozzle.
Phillips 66 Company
04/09/15
20150099208

Resin-framed membrane electrode assembly for fuel cell


A resin-framed membrane electrode assembly for a fuel cell includes a stepped membrane electrode assembly and a resin frame member. The stepped membrane electrode assembly includes a solid polymer electrolyte membrane, an anode electrode, and a cathode electrode.
Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
04/09/15
20150099207

Catalyst layer for gas diffusion electrode, manufacturing the same, membrane electrode assembly, and fuel cell


Provided is a catalyst layer for gas diffusion electrode that can be used without using carbon supports, a method for manufacturing the same, a membrane electrode assembly, and a fuel cell. The catalyst layer for gas diffusion electrode according to the present invention include a network-like metallic catalyst formed of a sintered body, the network-like metallic catalyst including nanoparticles linked with each other to have electron conductivity; and an ion conductor, at least a part of the ion conductor contacting the network-like metallic catalyst.
Kanagawa Academy Of Science And Technology
04/09/15
20150099206

Redox flow battery system for distributed energy storage


A large stack redox flow battery system provides a solution to the energy storage challenge of many types of renewable energy systems. Independent reaction cells arranged in a cascade configuration are configured according to state of charge conditions expected in each cell.
Enervault Corporation
04/09/15
20150099205

Manifold for plural fuel cell stacks


An assembly has a plurality of fuel cell stacks with at least one wall. At least one manifold portion is provided outwardly of the at least one wall of each of the fuel cell stacks.
Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
04/09/15
20150099204

Regulation of a fuel cell assembly


A fuel cell assembly according to an exemplary aspect of the present disclosure includes, among other things, a first fuel cell stack in series with a variable resistor and a second fuel cell stack in parallel with the first fuel cell stack and in series with a contactor. A resistance level of the variable resistor is adjusted in response to deactivating the contactor..
Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
04/09/15
20150099203

Electronic equipment provided with battery check device


Immediately after a main switch is turned on, a battery check is performed based on a second inhibit voltage lvl2 higher than a first reference voltage lvl1 which is an inhibit voltage level a predetermined time period after the main switch is turned on, and therefore, even when the voltage is in a low state immediately after the main switch is turned on, it is possible to activate a camera without an erroneous detection. Further, when the elapsed time from a time when the main switch is turned off to a time when tuned on next time is relatively long, a solid high polymer film inside the fuel cell is assumed to be further dried, then the second reference voltage lvl2 is changed, and therefore, even when the voltage fluctuates depending on the humidifying state immediately after the main switch is turned on, an appropriate battery check can be performed..
Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
04/09/15
20150099201

Fuel cell gas inlet manifold drain


An exemplary manifold assembly includes a gas inlet manifold configured to introduce a gas to a fuel cell. A gas outlet manifold is configured to direct gas away from the fuel cell.
Ballard Power Systems Inc.
04/09/15
20150099200

Freeze preparation for a fuel cell system


A vehicle includes a fuel cell system, and a controller configured to receive a first signal indicative of a predicted ambient temperature at a specified location, and command the fuel cell system to operate at a reduced relative humidity when the predicted ambient temperature is below a threshold value. A method for controlling a fuel cell system includes receiving a first signal at a controller indicative of a predicted ambient temperature for a specified location, and operating the fuel cell system at a reduced relative humidity when the predicted ambient temperature is below a threshold value.
Ford Global Technologies, Llc
04/09/15
20150099063

Method of producing layers for solid oxide fuel cells


A method of forming layers of a solid oxide fuel cell. The method begins by pumping a volume of a slip form a slip reservoir to a separator reservoir.
Phillips 66 Company
04/09/15
20150099061

Formation of solid oxide fuel cells


A method of producing a solid oxide fuel cell comprising tape casting an anode support and spraying layers onto the anode support. The layers that can be sprayed onto the anode support include an anode functional layer, an electrolyte layers, and a cathode functional layer..
Phillips 66 Company


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