Patent Number: 8,574,775

Title: Fuel cell system and method for starting up the same

Abstract: A method for starting a fuel cell system may include raising the temperature of the reforming catalyst layer while measuring the temperature of the reforming catalyst layer, calculating the flow rate of a hydrocarbon fuel which can be reformed in the reforming catalyst layer based on the measured temperature of the reforming catalyst layer, and supplying the hydrocarbon fuel at the calculated flow rate into the reforming catalyst layer to reform the fuel, and supplying the resultant reformed gas into an anode of a high temperature-type fuel cell. The amount of the hydrocarbon fuel supplied into the reforming catalyst layer is increased until the amount of the hydrocarbon fuel supplied into the reforming catalyst layer reaches the flow rate at the time of the completion of the start.

Inventors: Hatada; Susumu (Kanagawa, JP)

Assignee: Nippon Oil Corporation

International Classification: H01M 8/06 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 1/05/12017