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Molten salt rolling bubble column, reactors utilizing same and related methods

United States Patent

November 17, 2015
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Reactors for carrying out a chemical reaction, as well as related components, systems and methods are provided. In accordance with one embodiment, a reactor is provided that includes a furnace and a crucible positioned for heating by the furnace. The crucible may contain a molten salt bath. A downtube is disposed at least partially within the interior crucible along an axis. The downtube includes a conduit having a first end in communication with a carbon source and an outlet at a second end of the conduit for introducing the carbon material into the crucible. At least one opening is formed in the conduit between the first end and the second end to enable circulation of reaction components contained within the crucible through the conduit. An oxidizing material may be introduced through a bottom portion of the crucible in the form of gas bubbles to react with the other materials.
Turner; Terry D. (Idaho Falls, ID), Benefiel; Bradley C. (Idaho Falls, ID), Bingham; Dennis N. (Idaho Falls, ID), Klinger; Kerry M. (Idaho Falls, ID), Wilding; Bruce M. (Idaho Falls, ID)
Battelle Energy Alliance LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
13/ 188,202
July 21, 2011
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This Invention was made under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement between Western Hydrogen and Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC under Contract No. DE-AC07-05ID14517, awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. Government has certain rights in the invention.