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1. (WO2013122846) HYDROGEN GAS GENERATOR WITH FLEXIBLE FEED MEMBER

Pub. No.:    WO/2013/122846    International Application No.:    PCT/US2013/025487
Publication Date: Fri Aug 23 01:59:59 CEST 2013 International Filing Date: Tue Feb 12 00:59:59 CET 2013
IPC: H01M 8/04
H01M 8/06
C01B 3/02
B01J 7/00
Applicants: INTELLIGENT ENERGY LIMITED
Inventors: BARTON, Russell H.
Title: HYDROGEN GAS GENERATOR WITH FLEXIBLE FEED MEMBER
Abstract:
A hydrogen generator (30) and fuel cell system are disclosed. The hydrogen generator (30) includes a housing (32) and a flexible feed member (56) including a flexible carrier (64) and a hydrogen- containing reactant (62) disposed on the carrier. The flexible feed member (56) may include a reactant having a braided carrier on the outside or a flexible strip having a carrier with reactant disposed thereon. The hydrogen-containing reactant (62) will release hydrogen gas when heated. The hydrogen generator further includes a heating system including a heater (48) and a pinch roller system (40) for feeding the flexible feed member (56) to position the flexible feed member in proximity to the heater (48), such that the heater is capable of heating the hydrogen-containing reactant to release hydrogen gas. The fuel cell system includes a fuel cell having a hydrogen gas input port and a hydrogen generator.