Patent Number: 7,785,539

Title: Method of controlling a hydrogen generator

Abstract: A method and apparatus for use in generating hydrogen are disclosed. The apparatus includes a fuel processor capable of producing a reformate from a fuel; a hydrogen purifier capable of generating a purified hydrogen gas stream from the reformate; a compressor capable of providing the reformate from the fuel processor to the pressure swing adsorption unit at a desired pressure; and a control system capable of integrating and controlling the operation of the fuel processor, the pressure swing adsorption unit, and the compressor. In another aspect, the invention includes a method for controlling the operation of a purified hydrogen generator, the method comprising: controlling the operation of a hydrogen generator; controlling the operation of a hydrogen purifier; and synchronizing the controlled operation of the hydrogen generator with the controlled operation of the hydrogen purifier.

Inventors: Mirkovic; Vesna R. (Pearland, TX), Sun; Hongqiao (Sugar Land, TX), Wheat; W. Spencer (Missouri City, TX), Casey; Daniel G. (Kingwood, TX), Balasubramanian; Bhaskar (Houston, TX)

Assignee: Texaco Inc.

International Classification: G05D 7/00 (20060101); G05B 21/00 (20060101); B01J 8/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018