Patent Number: 7,087,332

Title: Power slope targeting for DC generators

Abstract: A simple feedback control loop, in conjunction with an improved maximum power point tracking intermediate controller, can be used ensure efficient operation of a power generator. The improved maximum power point tracking controller operates the generator at its maximum allowable power point. A power output of the generator is measured and compared to a power output setpoint. Operating characteristics of the generator are then adjusted to cause the maximum allowable power point and measured power output to approximate the power output setpoint. Although applicable to all types of generators, this is particularly beneficial in fuel cell generator systems and other systems where damage to generator components can occur if operated above a maximum allowable power output level. In other systems, the maximum allowable power output may approach or equal a maximum power point (or maximum possible power point).

Inventors: Harris; Brent Earle (Calgary, CA)

Assignee: Sustainable Energy Systems, Inc.

International Classification: H01M 8/04 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/08/02018