Patent Number: 6,165,633

Title: Method of and apparatus for reforming fuel and fuel cell system with fuel-reforming apparatus incorporated therein

Abstract: Methanol supplied as a raw fuel is mixed with water, vaporized in an evaporator 24, and supplied to a reformer 22 as a raw fuel gas. The reformer 22 also receives a supply of the compressed air from an air tank 36. The raw fuel gas is mixed with the compressed air in the reformer 22. An oxidation reaction of methanol supplied as the raw fuel proceeds in the reformer 22 to generate hydrogen and carbon dioxide, while a steam reforming reaction of methanol simultaneously proceeds in the reformer 22 to generate hydrogen and carbon dioxide. The amount of heat required for the endothermic reforming reaction can be supplied by the oxidation reaction of methanol. No external heat source is accordingly required in the reformer 22 to supply the heat required for the reforming reaction.

Inventors: Negishi; Yoshimasa (Aichi-ken, JP)

Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha

International Classification: B01J 8/24 (20060101); B01J 8/04 (20060101); B01J 8/34 (20060101); B01J 8/02 (20060101); B01B 1/00 (20060101); C01B 3/00 (20060101); C01B 3/38 (20060101); H01M 8/06 (20060101); H01M 008/06 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017