Patent Number: 7,819,955

Title: Hydrogen purification membranes, components and fuel processing systems containing the same

Abstract: Hydrogen-producing fuel processing systems, hydrogen purification membranes, hydrogen purification devices, and fuel processing and fuel cell systems that include hydrogen purification devices. In some embodiments, the fuel processing systems and the hydrogen purification membranes include a metal membrane, which is at least substantially comprised of palladium or a palladium alloy. In some embodiments, the membrane contains trace amounts of carbon, silicon, and/or oxygen. In some embodiments, the membranes form part of a hydrogen purification device that includes an enclosure containing a separation assembly, which is adapted to receive a mixed gas stream containing hydrogen gas and to produce a stream that contains pure or at least substantially pure hydrogen gas therefrom. In some embodiments, the membrane(s) and/or purification device forms a portion of a fuel processor, and in some embodiments, the membrane(s) and/or purification device forms a portion of a fuel processing or fuel cell system.

Inventors: Edlund; David J. (Bend, OR), Pledger; William A. (Bend, OR), Studebaker; R. Todd (Bend, OR)

Assignee: Idatech, LLC

International Classification: B01D 53/22 (20060101); B01J 8/02 (20060101); C01B 3/26 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2018-10-26 0:00:00