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Low current plasmatron fuel converter having enlarged volume discharges

United States Patent

October 6, 2009
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A novel apparatus and method is disclosed for a plasmatron fuel converter ("plasmatron") that efficiently uses electrical energy to produce hydrogen rich gas. The volume and shape of the plasma discharge is controlled by a fluid flow established in a plasma discharge volume. A plasmatron according to this invention produces a substantially large effective plasma discharge volume allowing for substantially greater volumetric efficiency in the initiation of chemical reactions within a volume of bulk fluid reactant flowing through the plasmatron.
Rabinovich; Alexander (Swampscott, MA), Alexeev; Nikolai (Moscow, RU), Bromberg; Leslie (Sharon, MA), Cohn; Daniel R. (Chestnut Hill, MA), Samokhin; Andrei (Moscow, RU)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA)
11/ 101,926
April 8, 2005
GOVERNMENT SUPPORT This invention was made with government support under Grant Nos. DE-AC03-99EE50565 and DE-FG04-95AL88002, awarded by the Department of Energy. The United States Government has certain rights in the invention.