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Combustion flame-plasma hybrid reactor systems, and chemical reactant sources

United States Patent

8,591,821
November 26, 2013
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Combustion flame-plasma hybrid reactor systems, chemical reactant sources, and related methods are disclosed. In one embodiment, a combustion flame-plasma hybrid reactor system comprising a reaction chamber, a combustion torch positioned to direct a flame into the reaction chamber, and one or more reactant feed assemblies configured to electrically energize at least one electrically conductive solid reactant structure to form a plasma and feed each electrically conductive solid reactant structure into the plasma to form at least one product is disclosed. In an additional embodiment, a chemical reactant source for a combustion flame-plasma hybrid reactor comprising an elongated electrically conductive reactant structure consisting essentially of at least one chemical reactant is disclosed. In further embodiments, methods of forming a chemical reactant source and methods of chemically converting at least one reactant into at least one product are disclosed.
Kong; Peter C. (Idaho Falls, ID)
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
12/ 428,604
20100270142
April 23, 2009
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This Invention was made under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement between Searles Valley Minerals Inc. 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.