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Direct hydrocarbon fuel cells

United States Patent

May 4, 2010
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The direct electrochemical oxidation of hydrocarbons in solid oxide fuel cells, to generate greater power densities at lower temperatures without carbon deposition. The performance obtained is comparable to that of fuel cells used for hydrogen, and is achieved by using novel anode composites at low operating temperatures. Such solid oxide fuel cells, regardless of fuel source or operation, can be configured advantageously using the structural geometries of this invention.
Barnett; Scott A. (Evanston, IL), Lai; Tammy (Evanston, IL), Liu; Jiang (Evanston, IL)
Northwestern University (Evanston, IL)
10/ 427,707
May 1, 2003
The United States government has certain rights to this invention pursuant to Grant No. DE-G626-00NT40814 from the Department of Energy to Northwestern University.