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Device for cooling and humidifying reformate

United States Patent

April 8, 2008
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Devices for cooling and humidifying a reformate stream from a reforming reactor as well as related methods, modules and systems includes a heat exchanger and a sprayer. The heat exchanger has an inlet, an outlet, and a conduit between the inlet and the outlet. The heat exchanger is adapted to allow a flow of a first fluid (e.g. water) inside the conduit and to establish a heat exchange relationship between the first fluid and a second fluid (e.g. reformate from a reforming reactor) flowing outside the conduit. The sprayer is coupled to the outlet of the heat exchanger for spraying the first fluid exiting the heat exchanger into the second fluid.
Zhao; Jian Lian (Belmont, MA), Northrop; William F. (Ann Arbor, MI)
Nuvera Fuel Cells, Inc. (Cambridge, MA)
11/ 156,919
June 20, 2005
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-FC02-99EE50580 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.