Patent Number: 7,648,541

Title: Desulfurisation of fuel

Abstract: A method of removing sulfur from a fuel supply stream for a fuel cell (1), which method comprises: (a) hydrogenating the fuel supply stream (1) by contacting it with a hydrogenation catalyst in the presence of hydrogen to convert sulfur-containing compounds in the fuel supply stream (1) into hydrogen sulfide; (b) removing the hydrogen sulfide to produce a desulfurised fuel stream; and (c) pre-reforming the desulfurised fuel stream to produce a fuel cell feed stream, wherein a portion of the fuel cell feed stream is processed to increase its hydrogen content to produce a hydrogen-enriched fuel stream which is used in step (a) as a source of hydrogen to hydrogenate the fuel supply stream (1).

Inventors: Bolden; Roger (East Ivanhoe, AU)

Assignee: Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited

International Classification: B01J 7/00 (20060101); C01B 3/36 (20060101); C10G 25/00 (20060101); C10G 45/00 (20060101); C10G 45/04 (20060101); C10G 45/60 (20060101); C10J 3/46 (20060101); C10J 3/54 (20060101); H01M 8/06 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/19/12018