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Methanol tailgas combustor control method

United States Patent

August 20, 2002
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A method for controlling the power and temperature and fuel source of a combustor in a fuel cell apparatus to supply heat to a fuel processor where the combustor has dual fuel inlet streams including a first fuel stream, and a second fuel stream of anode effluent from the fuel cell and reformate from the fuel processor. In all operating modes, an enthalpy balance is determined by regulating the amount of the first and/or second fuel streams and the quantity of the first air flow stream to support fuel processor power requirements.
Hart-Predmore; David J. (Rochester, NY), Pettit; William H. (Rochester, NY)
General Motors Corporation (Detroit, MI)
09/ 565,853
May 5, 2000
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT SUPPORT The Government of the United States of America has right in this invention pursuant to Agreement No. DE-AC02-90CH10435 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy.