Patent Number: 7,785,562

Title: System and method for separating hydrogen gas from a hydrocarbon using a hydrogen separator assisted by a steam sweep

Abstract: A power generation system and a fuel processor for use therein. The system produces steam from a water supply. A highly heated reaction chamber is provided. A common hydrocarbon fuel is mixed with water and introduced into the heated reaction chamber. The hydrocarbon fuel and water react at pressure and temperature, producing less complex gases. The resultant gases are passed into a hydrogen separator that is directly swept with steam. The hydrogen separator separates hydrogen from the resultant gases. The separated hydrogen is carried away from the hydrogen separator by the steam, thereby making the hydrogen separator more efficient. The hydrogen is separated from the steam is used to power a fuel cell. The fuel cell produces electricity and water is recycled back into the system.

Inventors: Bossard; Peter R. (Ivyland, PA)


International Classification: C01B 3/26 (20060101); C01B 3/24 (20060101); C01B 3/02 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018