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Title: Cascading pressure reactor and method for solar-thermochemical reactions

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.
Inventors:
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1409023
Assignee:
National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC (Albuquerque, NM) SNL-A
Patent Number(s):
9,815,042
Application Number:
14/549,331
Contract Number:
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2014 Nov 20
Research Org:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; 14 SOLAR ENERGY