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METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR GAS-PHASE REDUCTION/OXIDATION PROCESSES

United States Patent Application

20130266502
A1
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Fast, Efficient Isothermal Redox to Split Water or Carbon Dioxide using Solar Energy
A method and apparatus for gas-phase reduction/oxidation is disclosed. The apparatus includes a reactor including at least one reactor tube or containment vessel with active redox material within the reactor tube or containment vessel, a first reactant gas or vacuum for reducing the active redox material, and a second reactant gas for oxidizing the active redox material. The method may be run under substantially isothermal conditions and/or energy supplied to the apparatus may include solar energy, which may be concentrated.
Lichty, Paul (Broomfield, CO), Muhich, Christopher (Grosse Pointe Park, CO), Arifin, Darwin (Boulder, CO), Weimer, Alan W. (Niwot, CO), Steinfeld, Aldo (Brugg, CH)
13/ 857,951
April 5, 2013