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: 2017-02-01

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: 2017-07-05

A method of sealing a multi-component bipolar plate is disclosed. The method may inciude inserting a first seai between a first component and a second component, wherein the first seal is aligned with a first plurality of protrusions formed on a surface of at least one of the first component and the second component. The method may also include compressing the first component and the second component to cause the penetration of the first plurality of protrusions into the first seai. The method may further include piasticaiiy deforming the first seal in order to create a first sealing surface between the first component and the second component,


In accordance with one embodiment, a method of drying a hydrogen gas mixture is disclosed. The method may include determining a mass flow rate of water mH2O in a hydrogen gas mixture stream and an adsorbent capacity of one or more adsorbent beds; determining a first period of time based on the determined mass flow rate of water mH2O in the hydrogen gas mixture stream and the adsorbent capacity; directing the hydrogen gas mixture stream through a first adsorbent bed of the one or more adsorbent beds for the first period of time; adsorbing a quantity of water from the hydrogen gas mixture stream into the first adsorbent bed; and regenerating the first adsorbent bed.


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: 2017-05-10

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: 2017-05-03

A flow field for use in an electrochemical cell is disclosed. The flow field includes a porous metallic structure including an inlet port and a plurality of channels stamped in the structure. The plurality of channels is in fluid communication with the inlet port to receive a reactant gas and configured to cause the reactant gas to diffuse through the porous metallic structure between adjacent channels.


Patent
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.


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.

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