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Moncalieri, Italy

A system for producing electric power from hydrogen and hydrogen from electric power, comprising:


A fuel cell electric generator designed for back-up in the absence of network electricity supply. The generator comprises a fuel cell stack, means for supplying the stack with a first and a second reagent flow comprising, in turn, pressure reducing means, and a manifold body to communicate with the stack said first and second reagent flows and at least a flow of coolant fluid via a respective coolant loop. The manifold body comprises inside chambers for the mixing of said reagent flows with corresponding re-circulated product flows and a coolant fluid expansion chamber within which said pressure reducing means of said first and second reagent flows are positioned at least partially drowned by said coolant. Method for the start-up and shut-down of the generator, and a method for detecting the flooding of a fuel cell and a method for detecting the presence of gas leakages in the generator are also disclosed.


Patent
Electro Power Systems | Date: 2011-03-15

The invention relates to an electric power generator comprising a plurality of fuel cells stacked in a stack and configured to supply an electric load, the generator comprising means for generating a gas fuel to be supplied to the stack, and means for removing at least part of a heat flow generated in the stack as a consequence of the consumption of said gas fuel; characterized in that it comprises heating means configured to maintain said means for generating gas fuel within a predetermined temperature range and comprising means for transferring at least part of said removed part of the heat flow generated in the stack from said removing means to said means for generating gas fuel.


Patent
Electro Power Systems | Date: 2010-12-21

A PEM-fuel-cell-stack backup electric generator comprising: a fuel-cell stack, formed by a plurality of stacked PEM fuel cells electrically connected in series for supplying electrical energy to an electrical load; a cell-voltage monitor for measuring the voltage supplied by each fuel cell; an electrical-energy management and conditioning unit, connected between the fuel-cell stack and the electrical load; a blower for supplying the amount of air necessary for the chemical reactions that occur in the fuel cells; a hydrogen recirculator for recirculating hydrogen between the outlet and the inlet of the fuel-cell stack; a hydrogen-purging device for carrying out a primary purging of hydrogen at a lower flow rate, and a secondary purging of hydrogen at a higher flow rate; and a controller, programmed for managing operation of the electric generator differently at start-up, at shut-down, and during normal operation thereof.


A method for producing electric power from hydrogen and hydrogen from electric power, comprising:

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