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THERMOELECTRIC POWER GENERATION AND MINERAL EXTRACTION FROM BRINES

United States Patent Application

20170084812
A1
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Disclosed herein is a method and apparatus that uses a brine from a well that is used to both generate electricity and recover valuable minerals present in the brine. The method and apparatus uses a hydrophobic membrane to separate water vapor from the brine to concentrate the brine that is then used to recover the minerals.
Melsert, Ryan (Reno, NV), Renew, Jay (Kennesaw, GA)
15/ 138,554
April 26, 2016
GOVERNMENT LICENSE RIGHTS [0002] This invention was made with government support under DE-EE0006746 awarded by the Department of Energy (DOE). The government has certain rights in the invention.