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Hybrid Indirect/Direct Contactor for Thermal Management of Counter-Current Processes

United States Patent Application

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The invention relates to contactors suitable for use, for example, in manufacturing and chemical refinement processes. In an aspect is a hybrid indirect/direct contactor for thermal management of counter-current processes, the contactor comprising a vertical reactor column, an array of interconnected heat transfer tubes within the reactor column, and a plurality of stream path diverters, wherein the tubes and diverters are configured to block all straight-line paths from the top to bottom ends of the reactor column.
Hornbostel, Marc D. (Menlo Park, CA), Krishnan, Gopala N. (Sunnyvale, CA), Sanjurjo, Angel (San Jose, CA)
14/ 809,206
July 25, 2015
[0002] This invention was made with government support under Contract No. DENT0005578 with the Department of Energy (NETL). The government has certain rights in the invention.