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Integral reactor system and method for fuel cells

United States Patent

March 7, 2017
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A reactor system is integrated internally within an anode-side cavity of a fuel cell. The reactor system is configured to convert higher hydrocarbons to smaller species while mitigating the lower production of solid carbon. The reactor system may incorporate one or more of a pre-reforming section, an anode exhaust gas recirculation device, and a reforming section.
Fernandes; Neil Edward (Cambridge, MA), Brown; Michael S. (Somerville, MA), Cheekatamaria; Praveen (Norwood, MA), Deng; Thomas (Needham, MA), Dimitrakopoulos; James (Peabody, MA), Litka; Anthony F. (Hanover, MA)
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November 12, 2013
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made under Department of Energy Contract No. DE-FC36-03NT41838. The Federal Government has certain rights to this invention.