Nuvera Fuel Cells Inc.

Billerica, MA, United States

Nuvera Fuel Cells Inc.

Billerica, MA, United States

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Nuvera Fuel Cells Inc. | Date: 2017-01-20

An electrochemical cell is disclosed comprising, a first flow structure, a second flow structure, and a membrane electrode assembly disposed between the first and second flow structures. The electrochemical cell further comprises a pair of bipolar plates, wherein the first flow structure, the second flow structure, and the membrane electrode assembly are positioned between the pair of bipolar plates. The electrochemical cell also includes a spring mechanism, wherein the spring mechanism is disposed between the first flow structure and the bipolar plate adjacent to the first flow structure, and applies a pressure on the first flow structure in a direction substantially toward the membrane electrode assembly.


An electrochemical cell includes a pair of bipolar plates and a membrane electrode assembly between the bipolar plates. The electrochemical cell further includes a first seal defining a high pressure zone, wherein the first seal is located between the bipolar plates and configured to contain a first fluid within the high pressure zone. Further, the electrochemical cell includes a second seal defining an intermediate pressure zone, wherein the second seal is located between the bipolar plates and configured to contain a second fluid within the intermediate pressure zone. The first seal is configured to leak the first fluid into the intermediate pressure zone when the first seal unseats.


Patent
Nuvera Fuel Cells Inc. | Date: 2017-03-22

A flow field for use in an electrochemical cell is disclosed. The flow field includes a porous metallic structure including an inlet port and an outlet port. The flow field further includes a plurality of first channels formed in the structure. Each of the plurality of first channels extends from a first proximal end in fluid communication with the inlet port and terminates at a first distal end within the structure. The flow field also includes a plurality of second channels formed in the structure. Each of the plurality of second channels extends from a second distal end in fluid communication with an outlet port and terminates at a second proximal end within the structure.


A system for compressing and drying hydrogen is provided. The system may have a humidifier configured to receive and humidify a concentrated hydrogen stream and produce a first humidified hydrogen stream, The system may also have a compressor configured to receive and compress the first humidified hydrogen stream, and produce a pressurized humidified hydrogen stream. The system may further have a dryer including a first bed configured to in production mode receive the pressurized humidified hydrogen stream, absorb at least a portion of the humidity, and produce a product hydrogen stream. The first bed may further be configured to in regeneration mode receive a portion of the concentrated hydrogen stream to regenerate the first bed, and produce a second humidified hydrogen stream.


Patent
Nuvera Fuel Cells Inc. | Date: 2017-02-01

The cathode recirculation system for a fuel cell module may include an inert gas inlet passage configured to receive inert gas and an oxygen gas inlet passage configured to receive oxygen, a blending component in fluid communication with the inert gas inlet passage, the oxygen gas inlet passage, and an inlet of at least one cathode, and a recirculation line in fluid communication with an outlet of the at least one cathode and the blending component configured to recirculate a mixed gas stream containing oxygen and an inert gas. At least a portion of the mixed gas released from the at least one cathode may be recirculated back to the blending component where oxygen, inert gas, or both oxygen and inert gas are introduced into the recirculated mixed gas stream and then supplied to the inlet of the at least one cathode.


Patent
Nuvera Fuel Cells Inc. | Date: 2017-05-10

A multi-stack electrochemical hydrogen compressor (EHC) system is provided. The EHC system may have two or more EHC stacks, wherein each EHC stack includes at least one eSectrochemical cell and a power supply. The EHC system may also have a controller in communication with the power supply of each EHC stack, wherein the controller is configured to reduce total energy consumption of the EHC system by independently controlling the power supply of each EHC stack.


Patent
Nuvera Fuel Cells Inc. | Date: 2016-07-06

The present disclosure is directed towards the design of bipolar plates for use in conduction-cooled electrochemical cells. Heat generated during the operation of the cell is removed from the active area of the cell to the periphery of the cell via the one or more bipolar plates in the cell. The one or more bipolar plates are configured to function as heat sinks to collect heat from the active area of the cell and to conduct the heat to the periphery of the plate where the heat is removed by traditional heat transfer means. The boundary of the one or more bipolar plates can be provided with heat dissipation structures to facilitate removal of heat from the plates. To function as effective heat sinks, the thickness of the one or more bipolar plates can be determined based on the rate of heat generation in the cell during operation, the thermal conductivity (k) of the material selected to form the plate, and the desired temperature gradient in a direction orthogonal to the plate (T).


Patent
Nuvera Fuel Cells Inc. | Date: 2016-07-22

A method of fabricating a catalytic reactor assembly having an outer tube and an inner tube is provided. The method may include inserting a catalyst into the outer tube and inserting the inner tube through the catalyst. The method may further include radially expanding the inner tube against the catalyst.


Patent
Nuvera Fuel Cells Inc. | Date: 2016-07-12

A pressure swing adsorption (PSA) system for purifying a feed gas is provided. The PSA system may have a first adsorber bed and a second adsorber bed, each having a feed port, a product port, and adsorbent material designed to adsorb one or more impurities from the feed gas to produce a product gas. The PSA system may also have a network of piping configured to direct the feed gas to the feed ports of the adsorber beds and direct the product gas to and from the product ports of the adsorber beds. The network of piping may also be configured to transfer gas between the first adsorber bed and the second adsorber bed during a pressure equalization step and a purge step. The PSA system may also have a first valve configured to direct flows of the feed gas and the product gas through the network of piping. The PSA system may further have a first orifice configured to regulate a flow rate of gas between the first adsorber bed and the second adsorber bed during at least one of the pressure equalization step and the purge step.


Patent
Nuvera Fuel Cells Inc. | Date: 2016-07-12

The present disclosure is directed to a fuel cell system for generating oxygen depleted air. The fuel cell system may include a fuel cell having an anode, a cathode, and an electrolyte positioned between the anode and the cathode. The cathode may be configured to receive an air flow and discharge an oxygen depleted air flow. The fuel cell system may further include a sensor configured to generate a first signal indicative of a presence of hydrogen in the oxygen depleted air flow and a controller in communication with the sensor and the fuel cell. The controller may be configured to detect the presence of hydrogen in the oxygen depleted air flow based on the first signal, and in response to detecting the presence of hydrogen in the oxygen depleted air flow, selectively cause a current density of the fuel cell to decrease and/or increase a flow rate of the air flow to the cathode.

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