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INTEGRATION OF A WATER-SPLITTING PROCESS WITH PRODUCTION OF FERTILIZER PRECURSORS

United States Patent Application

20080216478
A1
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Methods and apparatus for the integration of a water splitting process with the production of fertilizer precursors such as ammonia, nitric acid, and sulfuric acid are provided. At least one of heat and electricity from a power plant are used to split water into hydrogen gas and oxygen gas. Nitrogen gas is provided by air separation. The hydrogen gas and nitrogen gas are used to produce ammonia. The ammonia and oxygen gas are used to produce nitric acid. The oxygen gas, water, and sulfur are used to produce sulfuric acid. Further disclosed is an apparatus for the production of nitric acid comprising a power plant and an apparatus for the production of nitric acid. Also disclosed is an apparatus for the production of sulfuric acid comprising a power plant and an apparatus for the production of sulfuric acid.
Cherry, Robert S. (Idaho Falls, ID)
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls ID)
11/ 682,631
March 6, 2007
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS [0001] The United States Government has certain rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC07-051D14517 between the United States Department of Energy and Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC.