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Recovery of Tritium from Molten Lithium Blanket

United States Patent Application

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Electrochemical cells and methods are described that can be utilized for the recovery of tritium directly from a molten lithium metal solution without the need for a separation or concentration step prior to the electrolytic recovery process. The methods and systems utilize an on conducting electrolyte that conducts either lithium ion or tritide ion across the electrochemical cell.
Garcia-Diaz, Brenda L. (Aiken, SC), Babineau, David W. (Aiken, SC), Colon-Mercado, Hector R. (Aiken, SC), Teprovich, Joseph A. (Aiken, SC), Olson, Luke C. (North Augusta, SC), Fuentes, Roderick E. (Aiken, SC)
14/ 931,018
November 3, 2015
FEDERAL RESEARCH STATEMENT [0002] This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC09-08SR22470 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention. [0003] This application and technology are controlled pursuant to ECCN 1E001.