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Process and system for removing impurities from a gas

United States Patent

8,696,792
April 15, 2014
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A fluidized reactor system for removing impurities from a gas and an associated process are provided. The system includes a fluidized absorber for contacting a feed gas with a sorbent stream to reduce the impurity content of the feed gas; a fluidized solids regenerator for contacting an impurity loaded sorbent stream with a regeneration gas to reduce the impurity content of the sorbent stream; a first non-mechanical gas seal forming solids transfer device adapted to receive an impurity loaded sorbent stream from the absorber and transport the impurity loaded sorbent stream to the regenerator at a controllable flow rate in response to an aeration gas; and a second non-mechanical gas seal forming solids transfer device adapted to receive a sorbent stream of reduced impurity content from the regenerator and transfer the sorbent stream of reduced impurity content to the absorber without changing the flow rate of the sorbent stream.
Henningsen; Gunnar (Summerfield, FL), Knowlton; Teddy Merrill (Willowbrook, IL), Findlay; John George (Homer Glen, IL), Schlather; Jerry Neal (Kingsport, TN), Turk; Brian S. (Durham, NC)
Research Triangle Institute (Research Triangle Park, NC)
13/ 498,821
20120192711
September 28, 2010
FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with government support under United States Department of Energy--National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) Contract DE-AC26-99FT40675 awarded by the Department of Energy. The United States Government has certain rights in the invention.