Molten metal anode solid oxide fuel cell for transportation-related auxiliary power units

Nadimul Haque Faisal (Inventor), Rehan Ahmed (Inventor), Matheus F. A. Goosen (Inventor), Sai Katikaneni (Inventor), Souentie Stamatios (Inventor)

Research output: Patent

Abstract

A vehicular power system, a vehicle and a method of providing auxiliary power to a vehicle using an auxiliary power unit that uses a molten metal anode solid oxide fuel cell rather than an internal combustion engine. The auxiliary power unit includes a container with numerous fuel cells disposed within it such that when the metal anode is heated, the metal converts to a molten state that can be electrochemically cycled between oxidized and reduced states by oxygen and a fuel present in the molten metal, respectively. The auxiliary power unit further includes a furnace that selectively provides heat to the fuel cells in order to place the anode into its molten metal state. Seals may provide fluid isolation between the molten metal within the container and the ambient environment.
Original languageEnglish
Patent numberUS 2017/0334379 A1
Filing date19/05/16
Publication statusPublished - 23 Nov 2017

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    Faisal, N. H., Ahmed, R., Goosen, M. F. A., Katikaneni, S., & Stamatios, S. (2017). Molten metal anode solid oxide fuel cell for transportation-related auxiliary power units. (Patent No. US 2017/0334379 A1).