SOLID OXIDE FUEL CELL DEVICE

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14260699

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The present invention is a solid oxide fuel cell device with a load following function for changing a fuel supply rate in response to a load defined as a required power determined by demand power. The solid oxide fuel cell device comprises a fuel cell module having a fuel cell stack composed of a plurality of solid oxide fuel cells and a reformer for reforming fuel and supplying the fuel to the fuel cells; an inverter for receiving electrical power generated by the fuel cell module and converting the power to alternating power; a command power value setting device for setting a command power value to be generated by the fuel cell module based on the amount of load; a fuel control device for determining an fuel supply rate and supplying the fuel by the fuel supply rate to the fuel cells so as to generate the command power value; an inverter permitted power value instruction device for instructing to the inverter an inverter permitted power value corresponding to the command power value, which is the permitted amount of power to be extracted from the fuel cell module, after the fuel has been supplied by the fuel supply rate to the fuel cells by the fuel control device; and an inverter permitted power value change device for changing an amount of change per unit time in a next inverter permitted power value based on a temperature inside the fuel cell module and outputting the amount of change per unit time to the inverter permitted power value instruction device; wherein the inverter permitted power value change device changes the amount of change per unit time in the inverter permitted power value to be larger, the higher the temperature is, in a temperature region equal to or lower than a first predetermined temperature, and to be smaller, the higher the temperature is, in a temperature region equal to or higher than a second predetermined temperature.

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TOTO LTDKITAKYUSHU FUKUOKA JAPAN

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Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
NAKANO, Kiyotaka Kitakyushu-shi, JP 120 1951
OOE, Toshiharu Kitakyushu-shi, JP 34 51
OTSUKA, Toshiharu Kitakyushu-shi, JP 35 188
SHIGEZUMI, Tsukasa Kitakyushu-shi, JP 28 46
TSUCHIYA, Katsuhisa Kitakyushu-shi, JP 40 132

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