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1. (WO2018080570) SOLID OXIDE FUEL CELL WITH INTERNAL REFORMER

Pub. No.:    WO/2018/080570    International Application No.:    PCT/US2017/000066
Publication Date: Fri May 04 01:59:59 CEST 2018 International Filing Date: Tue Oct 17 01:59:59 CEST 2017
IPC: H01M 8/0637
H01M 8/0258
H01M 8/0232
H01M 8/0245
H01M 8/1213
H01M 8/18
H01M 8/124
Applicants: PRECISION COMBUSTION, INC.
Inventors: JUNAEDI, Christian
ROYCHOUDHURY, Subir
HAWLEY, Kyle
VILEKAR, Saurabh
Title: SOLID OXIDE FUEL CELL WITH INTERNAL REFORMER
Abstract:
An individual solid oxide cell (SOC) constructed of a sandwich configuration including in the following order: an oxygen electrode, a solid oxide electrolyte, a fuel electrode, a fuel manifold, and at least one layer of mesh. In one embodiment, the mesh supports a reforming catalyst resulting in a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) having a reformer embedded therein. The reformer-modified SOFC functions internally to steam reform or partially oxidize a gaseous hydrocarbon, e.g. methane, to a gaseous reformate of hydrogen and carbon monoxide, which is converted in the SOC to water, carbon dioxide, or a mixture thereof, and an electrical current. In another embodiment, an electrical insulator is disposed between the fuel manifold and the mesh resulting in a solid oxide electrolysis cell (SOEC), which functions to electrolyze water and/or carbon dioxide.