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Method of Liquifying a gas

United States Patent

February 14, 2006
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A method of liquefying a gas is disclosed and which includes the steps of pressurizing a liquid; mixing a reactant composition with the pressurized liquid to generate a high pressure gas; supplying the high pressure gas to an expansion engine which produces a gas having a reduced pressure and temperature, and which further generates a power and/or work output; coupling the expansion engine in fluid flowing relation relative to a refrigeration assembly, and wherein the gas having the reduced temperature is provided to the refrigeration assembly; and energizing and/or actuating the refrigeration assembly, at least in part, by supplying the power and/or work output generated by the expansion engine to the refrigeration assembly, the refrigeration assembly further reducing the temperature of the gas to liquefy same.
Zollinger; William T. (Idaho Falls, ID), Bingham; Dennis N. (Idaho Falls, ID), McKellar; Michael G. (Idaho Falls, ID), Wilding; Bruce M. (Idaho Falls, ID), Klingler; Kerry M. (Idaho Falls, ID)
Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
10/ 752,653
January 6, 2004
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS The United States Government has certain rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC07-99ID 13727, and Contract No. DE-AC07-05ID 14517 between the United States Department of Energy and Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC.