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Fossil fuel combined cycle power system

United States Patent

October 10, 2006
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A system for converting fuel energy to electricity includes a reformer for converting a higher molecular weight gas into at least one lower molecular weight gas, at least one turbine to produce electricity from expansion of at least one of the lower molecular weight gases, and at least one fuel cell. The system can further include at least one separation device for substantially dividing the lower molecular weight gases into at least two gas streams prior to the electrochemical oxidization step. A nuclear reactor can be used to supply at least a portion of the heat the required for the chemical conversion process.
Labinov; Solomon Davidovich (Knoxville, TN), Armstrong; Timothy Robert (Clinton, TN), Judkins; Roddie Reagan (Knoxville, TN)
UT-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
09/ 813,714
March 21, 2001
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC05-00OR22725 between the United States Department of Energy and UT-Battelle, LLC.