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Hydrogen Utilization and Carbon Recovery

United States Patent Application

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A method for upgrading bio-mass material is provided. The method involves electrolytic reduction of the material in an electrochemical cell having a ceramic, oxygen-ion conducting membrane, where the membrane includes an electrolyte. One or more oxygenated or partially-oxygenated compounds are reduced by applying an electrical potential to the electrochemical cell. A system for upgrading bio-mass material is also disclosed.
Elangovan (South Jordan, UT), Karanjikar, Mukund (West Valley City, UT)
14/ 474,843
September 2, 2014
U.S. GOVERNMENT INTEREST [0002] The Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-EE0006288 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy.