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System and process for upgrading hydrocarbons

United States Patent

August 25, 2015
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In one embodiment, a system for upgrading a hydrocarbon material may include a black wax upgrade subsystem and a molten salt gasification (MSG) subsystem. The black wax upgrade subsystem and the MSG subsystem may be located within a common pressure boundary, such as within a pressure vessel. Gaseous materials produced by the MSG subsystem may be used in the process carried out within the black wax upgrade subsystem. For example, hydrogen may pass through a gaseous transfer interface to interact with black wax feed material to hydrogenate such material during a cracking process. In one embodiment, the gaseous transfer interface may include one or more openings in a tube or conduit which is carrying the black wax material. A pressure differential may control the flow of hydrogen within the tube or conduit. Related methods are also disclosed.
Bingham; Dennis N. (Idhao Falls, ID), Klingler; Kerry M. (Idaho Falls, ID), Smith; Joseph D. (Owasso, OK), Turner; Terry D. (Idaho Falls, ID), Wilding; Bruce M. (Idaho Falls, ID)
Battelle Energy Alliance LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
13/ 532,540
June 25, 2012
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with government support under Contract Number DE-AC07-05ID14517 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.