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Molten metal reactor and method of forming hydrogen, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide using the molten alkaline metal reactor

United States Patent

November 13, 2012
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A molten metal reactor for converting a carbon material and steam into a gas comprising hydrogen, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide is disclosed. The reactor includes an interior crucible having a portion contained within an exterior crucible. The interior crucible includes an inlet and an outlet; the outlet leads to the exterior crucible and may comprise a diffuser. The exterior crucible may contain a molten alkaline metal compound. Contained between the exterior crucible and the interior crucible is at least one baffle.
Bingham; Dennis N. (Idaho Falls, ID), Klingler; Kerry M. (Idaho Falls, ID), Turner; Terry D. (Idaho Falls, ID), Wilding; Bruce M. (Idaho Falls, ID)
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
12/ 581,656
October 19, 2009
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This Invention was made under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement between Western Hydrogen, LLC and Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC under Contract No. DE AC05ID14517, awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. Government has certain rights in the invention.