Ballard Power Systems Inc.
|Ballard Power Systems Inc. Patent applications|
|Patent application number||Title||Published|
|20140356757||FUEL CELL ELECTRODE WITH GRADIENT CATALYST STRUCTURE - An example of a stable electrode structure is to use a gradient electrode that employs large platinum particle catalyst in the close proximity to the membrane supported on conventional carbon and small platinum particles in the section of the electrode closer to a GDL supported on a stabilized carbon. Some electrode parameters that contribute to electrode performance stability and reduced change in ECA are platinum-to-carbon ratio, size of platinum particles in various parts of the electrode, use of other stable catalysts instead of large particle size platinum (alloy, etc), depth of each gradient sublayer. Another example of a stable electrode structure is to use a mixture of platinum particle sizes on a carbon support, such as using platinum particles that may be 6 nanometers and 3 nanometers. A conductive support is typically one or more of the carbon blacks.||12-04-2014|
|20140349201||FUEL CELL ASSEMBLY AND METHOD OF CONTROL - An exemplary method includes of operating a fuel cell at a first power output level that includes a plurality of operation parameters. Each operation parameter has a value to satisfy a first power demand. A change between the first power demand and a second power demand is determined. At least a first one of the operation parameters is maintained at a value corresponding to the first power output level or at an intermediate value while at least a second one of the operation parameters is changed to a value corresponding to a second power output level to satisfy the second power demand. The first operation parameter is delayed from changing to a value corresponding to the second power output level until a predetermined criterion is met.||11-27-2014|
|20140338825||METHOD OF MANUFACTURING MULTIPLE FUEL CELL SEPARATOR PLATE ASSEMBLIES - A method of manufacturing a flow field plate includes mixing graphite and resin materials to provide a mixture. The mixture is formed into a continuous flow field plate, for example, by ram extrusion or one or more press belts. The continuous flow field plate is separated into discrete flow field plates. Flow field channels are provided in one of the continuous flow field plate and the discrete flow field plates.||11-20-2014|
|20140322621||FUEL CELL SYSTEM BLOWER CONFIGURATION - An exemplary fuel cell system includes a cell stack assembly having a plurality of cathode components and a plurality of anode components. A first reactant blower has an outlet situated to provide a first reactant to the cathode components. A second reactant blower has an outlet situated to provide a second reactant to the anode components. The second reactant blower includes a fan portion that moves the second reactant through the outlet. The second reactant blower also includes a motor portion that drives the fan portion and a bearing portion associated with the fan portion and the motor portion. The motor portion has a motor coolant inlet coupled with the outlet of the first reactant blower to receive some of the first reactant for cooling the motor portion.||10-30-2014|
|20140255823||FUEL CELL SUPPORT STRUCTURE AND METHOD OF ASSEMBLY/DISASSEMBLY THEREOF - A fuel cell installation includes a support structure and a cell stack assembly that is removably insertable into the support structure from an uninstalled position to an installed position during an installation procedure. The cell stack assembly includes a fitting. An interfacing structure is mounted on one of the support structure in the cell stack assembly. The interfacing structure carries a connector that is configured to receive the fitting in interconnected relationship. At least one of the fitting and the connector floats in a plane relative to the support structure during the installation procedure. In operation, the fitting engages the connector when the cell stack assembly is inserted into the support structure. The fitting is repositioned relative to the connector to ensure that the fitting and connector are aligned with one another and connected upon installation.||09-11-2014|
|20130059228||FLOW FIELD PLATE FOR ELECTROCHEMICAL FUEL CELL - A flow field plate comprises a first flow field; an opposing second flow field; and at least one flow channel formed in the first flow field, the at least one flow channel comprising: a first side and an opposing second side separated by an open-faced top and a bottom; and a first side channel formed in a portion of the open-faced top and in a portion of the first side along a continuous length of the at least one flow channel, the first side channel comprising a first side wall and a first bottom wall; wherein the first side wall of the first side channel and the first bottom wall of the first side channel form an obtuse angle in cross-section; and a depth of the bottom of the at least one flow channel is greater than a depth of the bottom wall of the first side channel.||03-07-2013|
|20120034542||SEAL FOR SOLID POLYMER ELECTROLYTE FUEL CELL - In solid polymer fuel cells employing framed membrane electrode assemblies, a conventional anode compliant seal is employed in combination with a cathode non-compliant seal to provide for a thinner fuel cell design, particularly in the context of a fuel cell stack. This approach is particularly suitable for fuel cells operating at low pressure.||02-09-2012|
Patent applications by Ballard Power Systems Inc.