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Process to accomplish autothermal or steam reforming via a reciprocating compression device

United States Patent

September 21, 2004
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The invention provides a method and apparatus for producing a synthesis gas from a variety of hydrocarbons. The apparatus (device) consists of a semi-batch, non-constant volume reactor to generate a synthesis gas. While the apparatus feeds mixtures of air, steam, and hydrocarbons into a cylinder where work is performed on the fluid by a piston to adiabatically raise its temperature without heat transfer from an external source.
Lyons; K. David (Morgantown, WV), James; Robert (Fairmont, WV), Berry; David A. (Mt. Morris, PA), Gardner; Todd (Morgantown, WV)
10/ 261,656
October 2, 2002
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to an employment relationship between the inventor and the United States Department of Energy.