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Cascading pressure reactor and method for solar-thermochemical reactions

United States Patent

9,815,042
November 14, 2017
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Reactors and methods for solar thermochemical reactions are disclosed. The reactors and methods include a cascade of reduction chambers at successively lower pressures that leads to over an order of magnitude pressure decrease compared to a single-chambered design. The resulting efficiency gains are substantial, and represent an important step toward practical and efficient solar fuel production on a large scale.
Ermanoski; Ivan (Albuquerque, NM)
National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC (Albuquerque, NM)
14/ 549,331
November 20, 2014
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000 between the United States Department of Energy and Sandia Corporation, for the operation of the Sandia National Laboratories.