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Cell frame for high-pressure water electrolyzer and method for manufacturing the same

United States Patent Application

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Cell frame for high-pressure water electrolyzer and method of manufacturing the same. According to one embodiment, radial openings in a water electrolyzer frame are provided by laminating half-frames, one or both of which contains grooves that may be formed by molding, machining or die-cutting. Another to another embodiment, radial openings are provided by laminating three or more thin frame portions, the center piece of which may include transverse slots that may be made by molding, machining or die-cutting. According to yet another embodiment, two or more frame portions are provided, at least one of which includes a recess for receiving a porous structure. The frames of the present invention can be additionally laminated to the membrane and electrode assembly, as well as the bipolar separator plate in the perimeter or seal area, comprised of the same or similar material as the frame, to form unitized electrolyzer stack subassemblies or full assemblies.
Norman, Timothy J. (Acton, MA), Milgate, Robert W. (Gloucester, MA), Stone, Robert (Danvers, MA), Schmitt, Edwin W. (Arlington, MA), LaConti, Anthony B. (Lynnfield, MA)
12/ 387,713
May 5, 2009
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT [0001] The U.S. Government has a paid-up license in this invention and the right in limited circumstances to require the patent owner to license others on reasonable terms as provided for by the terms of Grant No. DE-FG02-06ER84537 awarded by the Department of Energy.