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Method for operating a combustor in a fuel cell system

United States Patent

July 2, 2002
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In one aspect, the invention provides a method of operating a combustor to heat a fuel processor to a desired temperature in a fuel cell system, wherein the fuel processor generates hydrogen (H.sub.2) from a hydrocarbon for reaction within a fuel cell to generate electricity. More particularly, the invention provides a method and select system design features which cooperate to provide a start up mode of operation and a smooth transition from start-up of the combustor and fuel processor to a running mode.
Clingerman; Bruce J. (Palmyra, NY), Mowery; Kenneth D. (Noblesville, IN)
General Motors Corporation (Detroit, MI)
09/ 461,581
December 15, 1999
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT The Government of the United States of America has right in this invention pursuant to Agreement No. DE-AC02-90CH10435 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy.