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1. US20070218331 - Fuel cell stack

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United States of America
Application Number 10593482
Application Date 24.03.2005
Publication Number 20070218331
Publication Date 20.09.2007
Grant Number 7713643
Grant Date 11.05.2010
Publication Kind B2
IPC
H01M 8/02
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
MPROCESSES OR MEANS, e.g. BATTERIES, FOR THE DIRECT CONVERSION OF CHEMICAL ENERGY INTO ELECTRICAL ENERGY
8Fuel cells; Manufacture thereof
02Details
H01M 8/04
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01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
MPROCESSES OR MEANS, e.g. BATTERIES, FOR THE DIRECT CONVERSION OF CHEMICAL ENERGY INTO ELECTRICAL ENERGY
8Fuel cells; Manufacture thereof
04Auxiliary arrangements, e.g. for control of pressure or for circulation of fluids
H01M 2/00
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
MPROCESSES OR MEANS, e.g. BATTERIES, FOR THE DIRECT CONVERSION OF CHEMICAL ENERGY INTO ELECTRICAL ENERGY
2Constructional details, or processes of manufacture, of the non-active parts
H01M 8/10
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8Fuel cells; Manufacture thereof
10Fuel cells with solid electrolytes
H01M 8/24
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MPROCESSES OR MEANS, e.g. BATTERIES, FOR THE DIRECT CONVERSION OF CHEMICAL ENERGY INTO ELECTRICAL ENERGY
8Fuel cells; Manufacture thereof
24Grouping of fuel cells, e.g. stacking of fuel cells
CPC
H01M 8/0247
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
MPROCESSES OR MEANS, e.g. BATTERIES, FOR THE DIRECT CONVERSION OF CHEMICAL ENERGY INTO ELECTRICAL ENERGY
8Fuel cells; Manufacture thereof
02Details
0202Collectors; Separators, e.g. bipolar separators; Interconnectors
0247characterised by the form
H01M 8/0206
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8Fuel cells; Manufacture thereof
02Details
0202Collectors; Separators, e.g. bipolar separators; Interconnectors
0204Non-porous and characterised by the material
0206Metals or alloys
H01M 8/0265
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MPROCESSES OR MEANS, e.g. BATTERIES, FOR THE DIRECT CONVERSION OF CHEMICAL ENERGY INTO ELECTRICAL ENERGY
8Fuel cells; Manufacture thereof
02Details
0202Collectors; Separators, e.g. bipolar separators; Interconnectors
0258characterised by the configuration of channels, e.g. by the flow field of the reactant or coolant
0265the reactant or coolant channels having varying cross sections
H01M 8/04268
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
MPROCESSES OR MEANS, e.g. BATTERIES, FOR THE DIRECT CONVERSION OF CHEMICAL ENERGY INTO ELECTRICAL ENERGY
8Fuel cells; Manufacture thereof
04Auxiliary arrangements, e.g. for control of pressure or for circulation of fluids
04223during start-up or shut-down; Depolarisation or activation, e.g. purging; Means for short-circuiting defective fuel cells
04268Heating of fuel cells during the start-up of the fuel cells
H01M 8/241
HELECTRICITY
01BASIC ELECTRIC ELEMENTS
MPROCESSES OR MEANS, e.g. BATTERIES, FOR THE DIRECT CONVERSION OF CHEMICAL ENERGY INTO ELECTRICAL ENERGY
8Fuel cells; Manufacture thereof
24Grouping of fuel cells, e.g. stacking of fuel cells
241with solid or matrix-supported electrolytes
Applicants Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
Inventors Kume Hideaki
Kishida Keiji
Agents Oliff & Berridge, PLC
Priority Data 2004089284 25.03.2004 JP
Title
(EN) Fuel cell stack
Abstract
(EN)

A collector plate (14) is connected to an output terminal (16). The collector plate (14) is made such that heat capacity per unit area of a neighboring region (14A) thereof, which is near to a portion where the output terminal (16) is connected, is different to the heat capacity per unit area of other regions (14B, 14C). More specifically, the other regions (14B, 14C) are formed such that the heat capacity per unit area thereof is smaller than that of the neighboring region (14A).