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Carbonaceous solid fuel gasifier utilizing dielectric barrier non-thermal plasma

United States Patent Application

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A system for producing a fuel gas from a carbon-containing material is provided that includes a non-thermal plasma generator, an electric power source, a process stream inlet, and a product stream outlet. The non-thermal plasma generator includes a high voltage electrode separated from a grounded electrode by a modification passage. Moreover, a dielectric layer exists between the high voltage electrode and the grounded electrode. The electric power source is energizable to create non-thermal electrical microdischarges within the modification passage. As the process gas flows through the system, the carbon-containing material is converted to fuel gas.
Kim, Yong Ho (Los Alamos, NM), Rosocha, Louis A. (Los Alamos, NM), Anderson, Graydon K. (Santa Fe, NM), Ziock, Hans-Joachim (Los Alamos, NM), Abbate, Sara (Chatillon, FR), Sanchez-Gonzalez, Rodrigo (Queretaro, MX)
The Regents of the University of California
11/ 894,633
August 8, 2007
STATEMENT OF FEDERAL RIGHTS [0002] The United States government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC52-06NA25396 between the United States Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Security, LLC for the operation of Los Alamos National Laboratory.