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Connections for solid oxide fuel cells

United States Patent

6,001,501
December 14, 1999
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A connection for fuel cell assemblies is disclosed. The connection includes compliant members connected to individual fuel cells and a rigid member connected to the compliant members. Adjacent bundles or modules of fuel cells are connected together by mechanically joining their rigid members. The compliant/rigid connection permits construction of generator fuel cell stacks from basic modular groups of cells of any desired size. The connections can be made prior to installation of the fuel cells in a generator, thereby eliminating the need for in-situ completion of the connections. In addition to allowing pre-fabrication, the compliant/rigid connections also simplify removal and replacement of sections of a generator fuel cell stack.
Collie; Jeffrey C. (Pittsburgh, PA)
Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation (Orlando, FL)
09/ 017,913
February 3, 1998
GOVERNMENT CONTRACT The Government of the United States of America has certain rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-FC21-91MC28055 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy.