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Hydrogen, lithium, and lithium hydride production

United States Patent

9,682,859
June 20, 2017
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A method is provided for extracting hydrogen from lithium hydride. The method includes (a) heating lithium hydride to form liquid-phase lithium hydride; (b) extracting hydrogen from the liquid-phase lithium hydride, leaving residual liquid-phase lithium metal; (c) hydriding the residual liquid-phase lithium metal to form refined lithium hydride; and repeating steps (a) and (b) on the refined lithium hydride.
Brown; Sam W. (Knoxville, TN), Spencer; Larry S. (Knoxville, TN), Phillips; Michael R. (Harriman, TN), Powell; G. Louis (Oak Ridge, TN), Campbell; Peggy J. (Clinton, TN)
Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC (Oak Ridge, TN)
14/ 171,801
20140147376
February 4, 2014
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS The U.S. Government has rights to this invention pursuant to contract number DE-AC05-00OR22800 between the U.S. Department of Energy and Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Y-12, LLC.