Patents by Inventor Steven Houlberg

Steven Houlberg has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20070087233
    Abstract: A system and method for implementing a fuel cell shutdown process are disclosed. Briefly described, one embodiment comprises establishing an oxidant recirculation path from a portion of the cathode flow path upon initiation of the fuel cell shutdown process, wherein the oxidant is recirculated during an oxygen depletion phase to substantially deplete oxygen residing therein to form a substantially oxygen-free fluid; and establishing an anode purge path from a portion of the cathode flow path and the anode flow path by means of a diverter valve, wherein the anode purge path is established upon completion of the oxygen depletion phase, and wherein the substantially oxygen-free fluid is transferred to the anode flow path to substantially purge out the fuel therein during a hydrogen purge phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Publication date: April 19, 2007
    Inventors: Janusz Blaszczyk, David Summers, Anthony Cochrane, Andrew Henderson, Richard Fellows, Steven Houlberg, Michael Davis