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United States Patent Application

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Systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with thermal electrolytic production. According to one embodiment, a system includes a tower having an active reflux evaporator and a condenser system. The active reflux evaporator having a distributor pump assembly and an absorber. The distributor pump assembly pumps a heat pipe liquid metal to a distributor. The absorber receives the liquid metal from the distributor. The absorber facilitates evaporation of the liquid metal to form an evaporated metal. The condenser system includes a thermal load and a liquid pump assembly. The thermal load condenses the evaporated metal back to the liquid metal. The liquid pump assembly actively pumps the liquid metal to the distributor pump assembly.
Diver, Richard (Albuquerque, NM), Duncan, Gregory Scott (Valparaiso, IN), Korenko, Michal (Valparaiso, IN), Larson, Carol (Valparaiso, IN), Nudehi, Shahin (Valparaiso, IN), Palumbo, Robert (Valparaiso, IN), Schoer, Jonathan (Valparaiso, IN), Venstrom, Luke (Valparaiso, IN)
14/ 865,875
September 25, 2015
NOTICE ON GOVERNMENT FUNDING [0002] This invention was made with government support under cooperative agreement DE-AR0000421 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy through the ARPA-E program. The government has certain rights in the invention.