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Title: Method for forming synthesis gas using a plasma-catalyzed fuel reformer

A method of forming a synthesis gas utilizing a reformer is disclosed. The method utilizes a reformer that includes a plasma zone to receive a pre-heated mixture of reactants and ionize the reactants by applying an electrical potential thereto. A first thermally conductive surface surrounds the plasma zone and is configured to transfer heat from an external heat source into the plasma zone. The reformer further includes a reaction zone to chemically transform the ionized reactants into synthesis gas comprising hydrogen and carbon monoxide. A second thermally conductive surface surrounds the reaction zone and is configured to transfer heat from the external heat source into the reaction zone. The first thermally conductive surface and second thermally conductive surface are both directly exposed to the external heat source. A corresponding apparatus and system are also disclosed herein.
Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1178743
Report Number(s):
9,017,437
13/710,731
DOE Contract Number:
FG02-07ER84663
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2012 Dec 11
Research Org:
Ceramatec, Inc., Salt Lake City, UT (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
03 NATURAL GAS; 70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION TECHNOLOGY; 25 ENERGY STORAGE