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Cold weather hydrogen generation system and method of operation

United States Patent

December 14, 2010
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A system for providing hydrogen gas is provided. The system includes a hydrogen generator that produces gas from water. One or more heat generation devices are arranged to provide heating of the enclosure during different modes of operation to prevent freezing of components. A plurality of temperature sensors are arranged and coupled to a controller to selectively activate a heat source if the temperature of the component is less than a predetermined temperature.
Dreier; Ken Wayne (Madison, CT), Kowalski; Michael Thomas (Seymour, CT), Porter; Stephen Charles (Burlington, CT), Chow; Oscar Ken (Simsbury, CT), Borland; Nicholas Paul (Montpelier, VT), Goyette; Stephen Arthur (New Hartford, CT)
Proton Energy Systems, Inc. (Wallingford, CT)
11/ 461,478
August 1, 2006
FEDERAL RESEARCH STATEMENT This invention was made with Government support under contract DE-DC36-04GO14237 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.