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Apparatus and method for regulating hybrid fuel cell power system output

United States Patent Application

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An apparatus and accompanying method for controlling a fuel cell power system having a fuel cell stack with a connected energy storage medium. A voltage monitoring circuit is connected to the individual fuel cells forming a fuel cell stack. A regulating circuit receives signals from the voltage monitoring circuit and outputs a control signal to a DC-DC converter connected between the fuel cell stack and an output bus and energy storage medium. The regulating circuit controls the DC-DC converter voltage output to a maximum power that the fuel cell stack can provide.
Fields, Robert E. III (Santa Fe, NM), Wilson, Mahlon S. (White Rock, NM)
10/ 650,197
August 26, 2003
[0001] This invention was made with government support under Contract No. W-7405-ENG-36 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.