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Method for operating a combustor in a fuel cell system

United States Patent

September 17, 2002
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A method of operating a combustor to heat a fuel processor in a fuel cell system, in which the fuel processor generates a hydrogen-rich stream a portion of which is consumed in a fuel cell stack and a portion of which is discharged from the fuel cell stack and supplied to the combustor, and wherein first and second streams are supplied to the combustor, the first stream being a hydrocarbon fuel stream and the second stream consisting of said hydrogen-rich stream, the method comprising the steps of monitoring the temperature of the fuel processor; regulating the quantity of the first stream to the combustor according to the temperature of the fuel processor; and comparing said quantity of said first stream to a predetermined value or range of predetermined values.
Chalfant; Robert W. (West Henrietta, NY), Clingerman; Bruce J. (Palmyra, NY)
General Motors Corporation (Detroit, MI)
09/ 498,889
February 7, 2000
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.