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System and process for the production of syngas and fuel gasses

United States Patent

April 1, 2014
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The production of gasses and, more particularly, to systems and methods for the production of syngas and fuel gasses including the production of hydrogen are set forth. In one embodiment system and method includes a reactor having a molten pool of a material comprising sodium carbonate. A supply of conditioned water is in communication with the reactor. A supply of carbon containing material is also in communication with the reactor. In one particular embodiment, the carbon containing material may include vacuum residuum (VR). The water and VR may be kept at desired temperatures and pressures compatible with the process that is to take place in the reactor. When introduced into the reactor, the water, the VR and the molten pool may be homogenously mixed in an environment in which chemical reactions take place including the production of hydrogen and other gasses.
Bingham; Dennis N. (Idaho Falls, ID), Kllingler; Kerry M. (Idaho Falls, ID), Turner; Terry D. (Idaho Falls, ID), Wilding; Bruce M. (Idaho Falls, ID), Benefiel; Bradley C. (Idaho Falls, ID)
Battelle Energy Alliance LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
13/ 188,167
July 21, 2011
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement between Western Hydrogen and Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC under Contract Number DE-AC07-05ID14517 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The government has certain rights in the invention.