500-WATT FUEL-CELL POWER PLANT.
Interim rept. no. 1, 1 Oct 64-31 Oct 65,
PRATT AND WHITNEY AIRCRAFT EAST HARTFORD CONN
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The purpose of the work required to be performed by the Contract is to demonstrate the feasibility of a man-portable, 500-watt, indirect, liquid hydrogen and air, fuel-cell power plant. Two independent units are to be developed - a hydrogen-generator assembly and a fuel-cell assembly. The hydrogen-generator assembly will convert the hydrocarbon fuel to hydrogen by steam reforming, and the fuel-cell assembly will electrochemically oxidize the hydrogen with air into electrical energy. The two units will be integrated for operation and designed to produce 500 watts of net electrical power. The report presents the technical approach to be used to establish the feasibility of a compact 500-watt, liquid-hydrocarbon and air, fuel-cell power plant. The work to date has consisted of design studies to establish power-plant configuration. These studies indicate that the power plant will meet Contract requirements.
- Electric Power Production and Distribution