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.
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.