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Structure of solid oxide fuel cell

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Structure of solid oxide fuel cell

Disclosed is a structure of a solid oxide fuel cell, including a porous tubular anode support having a plurality of through holes, and an electrolyte layer and a cathode layer sequentially formed on the inner surface of the tubular anode support, so that fuel flows via the plurality of through holes and air flows through the inside of the cathode layer, thus increasing a diffusion rate of fuel and air to thereby increase the reaction rate, resulting in excellent cell performance. This structure eliminates the flow of fuel and air around the outside of the fuel cell, thus preventing the formation of an oxidizing atmosphere at the inside and outside of the tubular cell, thereby increasing lifespan of the cell and ensuring cell reliability.
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Inventors: Jae Hyoung GIL, Jae Hyuk JANG, Kyong Bok MIN, Sung Han KIM, Eon Soo LEE
USPTO Applicaton #: #20130011767 - Class: 429497 (USPTO) - 01/10/13 - Class 429 


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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20130011767, Structure of solid oxide fuel cell.

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This application claims the benefit of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 12/610,118 filed Oct. 30, 2009, entitled “Structure Of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell”, which claims priority to Korean Patent Application No. 10-2009-0081190, filed Aug. 31, 2009, entitled “Solid oxide fuel cell structure”, which is hereby incorporated by reference in its entirety into this application.


1. Technical Field

The present invention relates to a structure of a solid oxide fuel cell.

2. Description of the Related Art

As environmental pollution gradually increases, global warming problems are becoming more serious. For this reason, the Kyoto protocol was adopted in 1997 in order to set guidelines for the reduction of carbon dioxide emission and to handle energy-related environmental problems in earnest. Thus, fuel cell technology which exhibits high cell performance and is environmentally friendly is receiving renewed attention.

A fuel cell is a device for directly converting the chemical energy of fuel (hydrogen, LNG, LPG, etc.) and air into electric power and heat using an electrochemical reaction. Unlike conventional techniques for generating power including combusting fuel, generating steam, driving a turbine and driving a power generator, the fuel cell neither undergoes a combustion procedure nor requires an operator and is thus regarded as a novel power generation technique which results in high cell performance without being accompanied by any concomitant environmental problems. The fuel cell discharges very small amounts of air pollutants such as SOx and NOx and also generates a small amount of carbon dioxide and is thus a pollution-free power generator, and is furthermore advantageous in terms of producing very little noise and not causing any vibrations.

The fuel cell includes for example a phosphoric acid fuel cell (PAFC), an alkaline fuel cell (AFC), a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC), a direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC), a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) and so on. In particular, the SOFC exhibits high power generation efficiency because of low overvoltage based on activation polarization and low irreversible loss. Furthermore, the SOFC is advantageous because various types of fuel, such as hydrogen, carbon and a hydrocarbon, may be used, and also because the reaction rate at the electrodes is high, thus obviating the need to use an expensive noble metal as an electrode catalyst. Moreover, the temperature of the heat generated during power generation is very high, and thus the heat is very usable. In addition, heat generated from the SOFC is used to reform fuel and may also be utilized as an energy source for industrial purposes or for air cooling in a cogeneration system. Hence, the SOFC is essential for realizing the hydrogen-based society of the future.

In accordance with the operating principle of the SOFC, the SOFC typically generates power through the oxidation of hydrogen or carbon monoxide, and the reactions at the anode and cathode are represented by Reaction 1 below.

Anode: H2+O2−→H2O+2O+2e


Cathode: O2+4e→2O2−

Overall Reaction: H2+½O2→H2O   Reaction 1

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