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Gas reservoir and a method to supply gas to plasma tubes

United States Patent

January 31, 2017
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A reservoir for storing and supplying a portion of a reservoir gas into a gas-filled tube is presented. The reservoir includes a first vessel having a thermally conductive surface, a meshed vessel having a lid, and placed inside the first vessel to form a cavity between the meshed vessel and the first vessel, at least one tray placed inside the meshed vessel to divide an inner space of the meshed vessel into a plurality of compartments, a sorbent material placed inside the plurality of compartments in the meshed vessel, a temperature control device positioned such that a first portion of the temperature control device is in physical contact with at least a portion of the thermally conductive surface, and a change in the temperature of the temperature control device changes the temperature of the sorbent material, wherein the reservoir gas is retained by the sorbent material at the storage temperature.
Stautner; Ernst Wolfgang (Niskayuna, NY), Michael; Joseph Darryl (Schenectady, NY)
General Electric Company (Niskayuna, NY)
14/ 072,911
November 6, 2013
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-AR0000298 awarded by the United States Department of Energy. The Government has certain right in the invention.