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HYDROGEN, LITHIUM, AND LITHIUM HYDRIDE PRODUCTION

United States Patent Application

20170239633
A1
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A hydrogen, lithium, and lithium hydride processing apparatus includes a hot zone to heat solid-phase lithium hydride to form liquid-phase lithium hydride; a vacuum source to extract hydrogen and gaseous-phase lithium metal from the liquid-phase lithium hydride; a cold zone to condense the gaseous-phase lithium metal as purified solid-phase lithium metal; and a heater to melt the purified solid-phase lithium metal in the cold zone and form refined liquid-phase lithium metal in the hot zone.
Brown, Sam W. (Knoxville, TN), Spencer, Larry S. (Knoxville, TN), Phillips, Michael R. (Harriman, TN), Powell, G. Louis (Oak Ridge, TN), Campbell, Peggy J. (Clinton, TN)
Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (Oak Ridge TN)
15/ 592,289
May 11, 2017
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS [0002] The U.S. Government has rights to this invention pursuant to contract number DE-NA0001942 between the U.S. Department of Energy and Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC.