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Electrolytic/fuel cell bundles and systems including a current collector in communication with an electrode thereof

United States Patent

March 5, 2013
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Electrolytic/fuel cell bundles and systems including such bundles include an electrically conductive current collector in communication with an anode or a cathode of each of a plurality of cells. A cross-sectional area of the current collector may vary in a direction generally parallel to a general direction of current flow through the current collector. The current collector may include a porous monolithic structure. At least one cell of the plurality of cells may include a current collector that surrounds an outer electrode of the cell and has at least six substantially planar exterior surfaces. The planar surfaces may extend along a length of the cell, and may abut against a substantially planar surface of a current collector of an adjacent cell. Methods for generating electricity and for performing electrolysis include flowing current through a conductive current collector having a varying cross-sectional area.
Hawkes; Grant L. (Sugar City, ID), Herring; James S. (Idaho Falls, ID), Stoots; Carl M. (Idaho Falls, ID), O'Brien; James E. (Idaho Falls, ID)
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
11/ 530,684
September 11, 2006
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DE-AC07-051D14517 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in this invention.