Hillsboro, OR, United States
Hillsboro, OR, United States

Doosan Fuel Cell America is a fuel cell manufacturer focusing on the stationary fuel cell and small business markets. It is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, U.S. in the Silicon Valley. The company employed 225 people as of August 2011. It closed its operations in Connecticut in April 2014, and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in May 2014. The company will be merged with Fuel Cell Power under a new name Doosan Fuel Cell America. Wikipedia.


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ClearEdge Power | Date: 2012-02-07

Embodiments are disclosed that relate to a compact steam boiler which may provide steam to a steam reformer in a fuel cell system. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides a steam boiler including an outer shell and a first inner tube and a second inner tube within the outer shell, the first and second inner tubes spaced away from one another. The steam boiler further includes a twisted ribbon positioned inside each of the first and second inner tubes.


Patent
ClearEdge Power | Date: 2011-12-22

Embodiments are disclosed that relate to preventing electrolyte wicking by bipolar plates in a fuel cell system. In one example, a fuel cell system includes a first membrane-electrode assembly and a second membrane-electrode assembly. The fuel cell system further includes a bipolar plate disposed between the first membrane-electrode assembly and the second membrane-electrode assembly, the bipolar plate comprising a graphite layer and a surface energy adjustment layer.


Patent
ClearEdge Power | Date: 2011-12-05

Embodiments are disclosed that relate to increasing radiative heat transfer in a steam reformer from an exterior shell which includes a diffusion burner to an interior reactor via angled fins coupled to the exterior shell. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides a steam reformer, comprising an exterior shell which includes a diffusion burner and angled fins, the angled fins extending away from an inner surface of the exterior shell and downward toward the diffusion burner. The steam reformer further comprises an interior reactor positioned at least partly within the exterior shell.


Patent
ClearEdge Power | Date: 2011-03-30

In one embodiment, a method of making an MEA for a fuel cell comprises arranging a cathodic structure on a first surface of a PEM, and arranging an anodic structure on a second surface of the PEM, opposite the first surface, the anodic structure containing more PA per unit volume than the cathodic structure. The method further comprises pressing the cathodic and anodic structures to the PEM to form the MEA.


Patent
ClearEdge Power | Date: 2012-01-26

An exemplary method of providing an electrolyte for a fuel cell comprises including a electrolyte precursor within a fuel cell. An electrolyte is generated within the fuel cell from the precursor. An exemplary fuel cell system includes a cell stack assembly. A manifold is associated with the cell stack assembly. An electrolyte precursor is within at least one of the cell stack assembly or manifold for generating an electrolyte within a fuel cell.


A method is provided for reducing degradation in a fuel cell assembly, including at least one fuel cell with a PBI membrane, during standby, operation. The method may include electrochemically consuming an oxidant from a cathode coupled to the PBI membrane in response to a disconnection of an external load and supplying fuel to remove or electrochemically consume any back-diffused oxidant to the associated fuel cell sufficient to replace or consume the back-diffused oxidant while the external load is removed, and/or also may include controlling a standby temperature of the fuel cell. In this way, it may be possible to avoid increased cell voltage decay associated with degradation of the PBI in a simple and cost effective system.


Patent
ClearEdge Power | Date: 2011-05-10

A natural gas reforming catalyst includes a metal core and rhodium deposited on the metal core. A natural gas reformer includes a hydrocarbon inlet, a reforming catalyst for generating hydrogen from a hydrocarbon and water and a hydrogen outlet. The reforming catalyst includes a metal core and a rhodium layer deposited on the metal core. A method for preparing a natural gas reforming catalyst includes adding a rhodium compound and a metal core to a reaction vessel and depositing the rhodium compound on the metal core.


Patent
ClearEdge Power | Date: 2012-01-18

Embodiments are disclosed that relate to increasing heat transfer in a steam reformer. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides a steam reformer including an outer wall and an inner wall which includes a step extending outward toward the outer wall and downward toward a bottom of the steam reformer at a position between a top of the steam reformer and the bottom of the steam reformer. The steam reformer further includes a reaction chamber disposed between the outer wall and the inner wall.


Patent
ClearEdge Power | Date: 2012-01-18

Embodiments are disclosed that relate to temperature distribution in a reaction chamber of a steam reformer. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides a steam reformer, comprising a central chamber through which feed gas flows, a reaction chamber surrounding the central chamber and having an inner wall and an outer wall, and a recuperative heat exchanger disposed between the inner wall of the reaction chamber and the central chamber.


Embodiments are disclosed herein that relate to PEM fuel cells comprising membrane-electrode assemblies having plural membrane layers. For example, one disclosed embodiment provides a fuel cell including an anode, a cathode, and a multi-layer membrane disposed between the anode and the cathode, the multi-layer membrane comprising two or more polymer membranes layers. The fuel cell further comprises an electrolyte within the multi-layer membrane.

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