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Solid oxide fuel cell steam reforming power system

United States Patent

March 12, 2013
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The present invention is a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Reforming Power System that utilizes adiabatic reforming of reformate within this system. By utilizing adiabatic reforming of reformate within the system the system operates at a significantly higher efficiency than other Solid Oxide Reforming Power Systems that exist in the prior art. This is because energy is not lost while materials are cooled and reheated, instead the device operates at a higher temperature. This allows efficiencies higher than 65%.
Chick; Lawrence A. (West Richland, WA), Sprenkle; Vincent L. (Richland, WA), Powell; Michael R. (Kennewick, WA), Meinhardt; Kerry D. (Kennewick, WA), Whyatt; Greg A. (West Richland, WA)
Battelle Memorial Institute (Richland, WA)
12/ 118,353
May 9, 2008
STATEMENT AS TO RIGHTS TO INVENTIONS MADE UNDER FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC057RL01830 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.