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Self-cooling mono-container fuel cell generators and power plants using an array of such generators

United States Patent

5,750,278
May 12, 1998
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A mono-container fuel cell generator (10) contains a layer of interior insulation (14), a layer of exterior insulation (16) and a single housing (20) between the insulation layers, where fuel cells, containing electrodes and electrolyte, are surrounded by the interior insulation (14) in the interior (12) of the generator, and the generator is capable of operating at temperatures over about 650.degree. C., where the combination of interior and exterior insulation layers have the ability to control the temperature in the housing (20) below the degradation temperature of the housing material. The housing can also contain integral cooling ducts, and a plurality of these generators can be positioned next to each other to provide a power block array with interior cooling.
Gillett; James E. (Greensburg, PA), Dederer; Jeffrey T. (Valencia, PA), Zafred; Paolo R. (Pittsburgh, PA)
Westinghouse Electric Corporation (Pittsburgh, PA)
08/ 513,468
August 10, 1995
GOVERNMENT CONTRACT The Government of the United States of America has rights in this invention, pursuant to Contract No. DE-FC21-91MC28055 with the United States Department of Energy.