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특허 상세정보

Fuel cell having optimized pattern of electric resistance

국가/구분 United States(US) Patent 등록
국제특허분류(IPC7판) H01M-008/04   
미국특허분류(USC) 429/025; 429/030; 429/040
출원번호 US-0032606 (2001-10-19)
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인용정보 피인용 횟수 : 3  인용 특허 : 12

A fuel cell having a non-uniform electrical resistivity over the flow area of the cell. Resistance is higher in areas of the cell having locally low levels of hydrogen than in areas having locally high levels of hydrogen. Excess oxygen ion migration and buildup is suppressed in regions having low hydrogen concentration and is correspondingly increased in regions having a surfeit of hydrogen. Destructive oxidation of the anode is suppressed and a greater percentage of the hydrogen passed into the cell is consumed, thereby increasing electric output.


What is claimed is: 1. A fuel cell for generating an electric current by combining hydrogen and oxygen wherein resistance to the flow of electric current through the cell is non-uniform over a flow area of the cell to regulate the flow of oxygen ions through any region of said cell in proportion to the partial pressure of hydrogen in said region, said fuel cell further comprising: a) an anode for reacting hydrogen ions with said oxygen ions, said hydrogen ions being derived from gaseous molecular hydrogen flowing in a first flow path through a first por...

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