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Array of planar membrane modules for producing hydrogen

United States Patent

May 8, 2012
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A shared or common environment membrane reactor containing a plurality of planar membrane modules with top and bottom thin foil membranes supported by both an intermediary porous support plate and a central base which has both solid extended members and hollow regions or a hollow region whereby the two sides of the base are in fluid communication. The membrane reactor operates at elevate temperatures for generating hydrogen from hydrogen rich feed fuels.
Vencill; Thomas R. (Albuquerque, NM), Chellappa; Anand S. (Albuquerque, NM), Rathod; Shailendra B. (Hillsboro, OR)
12/ 407,705
March 19, 2009
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT The disclosure was partly made with Government support under contract No. DE-FG36-07G017013 by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the disclosure.