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Solid oxide fuel cell with internal reforming, catalyzed interconnect for use therewith, and methods

United States Patent

June 8, 2010
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A catalyzed interconnect for an SOFC electrically connects an anode and an anodic current collector and comprises a metallic substrate, which provides space between the anode and anodic current collector for fuel gas flow over at least a portion of the anode, and a catalytic coating on the metallic substrate comprising a catalyst for catalyzing hydrocarbon fuel in the fuel gas to hydrogen rich reformate. An SOFC including the catalyzed anodic inter-connect, a method for operating an SOFC, and a method for making a catalyzed anodic interconnect are also disclosed.
Liu; Di-Jia (Naperville, IL), Guan; Jie (Torrance, IL), Minh; Nguyen (Fountain Valley, CA)
General Electric Company (Schenectady, NY)
10/ 708,042
February 4, 2004
FEDERAL RESEARCH STATEMENT This invention was made with government support under DE-FC26-01NT41245 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.