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Containerized Portable Fuel Cell System and Transportation Method

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245606D
Publication Date: 2016-Mar-21
Document File: 38 page(s) / 2M

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Related People

Leon Radomsky: ATTORNEY [+6]

Abstract

A containerized portable fuel cell system, method of using the same and a locomotive including the same are provided. The system includes: an intermodal container; a fuel cell module (FCM) disposed in the container; an electronic control module (ECM) disposed in the container and electrically connected to the FCM; and an isolation unit disposed between the container and the FCM, the isolation unit configured to isolate the FCM from shock and vibration applied to the container.

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Atty. Dkt. No. 7917-516P

Containerized Portable Fuel Cell System and Transportation Method

FIELD


[0001]The present invention is directed to fuel cell systems, and more specifically, to containerized portable fuel cell systems, methods of using the same, and devices including the same.

BACKGROUND


[0002]Fuel cell systems are generally designed as large stationary pieces of equipment configured for relatively permanent placement and operation. For example, conventional fuel cell systems generally require concrete pads or other permanent structures for placement at a designated site. Fuel cell systems are not typically configured for portability. Further, many fuel cells have precise and delicate construction, may include fragile ceramic materials, and are therefore susceptible to damage from large impacts or vibrations. Some fuel cell systems require support systems, such as systems for providing water and fuel, which complicate the remote operation of fuel cell systems. Ancillary equipment, operational materials, and fuel materials may not be available at a remote location. Therefore, conventional fuel cell modules are not configured for portability.

SUMMARY


[0003]An exemplary embodiment relates to a containerized portable fuel cell system comprising: an intermodal container; a fuel cell module (FCM) disposed in the container; and an isolation unit disposed between the container and the FCM, the isolation unit configured to isolate the FCM from shock and vibration applied to the container.

[0004]An exemplary embodiment relates to a method of providing power to a remote

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location using containerized portable fuel cell system, the method comprising: disposing a fuel cell module (FCM) in an intermodal container on an isolation unit; transporting the container to the remote location while using the isolation unit to isolate the FCM from shock and vibration applied to the container; and operating the FCM in the container at the remote location.

[0005]An additional exemplary embodiment relates to a locomotive including an electric traction motor, a fuel cell support structure coupled to the locomotive, a fuel cell module coupled to the fuel cell support structure, and one or more isolation units positioned between to the fuel cell and the fuel cell support structure.

             BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
[0006]FIGS. 1A and 1B are partial perspective views illustrating a portable containerized SOFC system, according to various embodiments of the present disclosure.

[0007]FIG. 2A is a perspective view of containerized portable SOFC system, according to various embodiments of the present disclosure.

[0008]FIGS. 2B-2D are a perspective sectional views taken along line 1 of FIG. 2A.
[0009]FIG. 2E is a perspective sectional view taken along line 2 of FIG. 2A.

[0010]FIG. 2F is a perspective sectional view taken along line 3 of FIG. 2A.

[0011]FIG. 2G is top plan view of the SOFC system of FIG. 2A....