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Fuel cell system with combustor-heated reformer

United States Patent

6,077,620
June 20, 2000
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A fuel cell system including a fuel reformer heated by a catalytic combustor fired by anode effluent and/or fuel from a liquid fuel supply providing fuel for the fuel cell. The combustor includes a vaporizer section heated by the combustor exhaust gases for vaporizing the fuel before feeding it into the combustor. Cathode effluent is used as the principle oxidant for the combustor.
Pettit; William Henry (Rochester, NY)
General Motors Corporation (Detroit, MI)
08/ 980,087
November 26, 1997
The Government of the United States of America has rights in this invention pursuant to Agreement No. DE-AC02-90CH10435 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy.