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US-UK Collaboration on Fossil Energy Advanced Materials: Task 2—Materials for Advanced Boiler and Oxy-combustion Systems(NETL-US)
Creators: Holcomb, Gordon; Tylczak, Joseph; Carney, Casey
Date: 04/19/2017
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Methane-rich syngas production from hydrocarbon fuels using multi-functional catalyst/capture agent
Creators: Siefert, Nicholas S.; Shekhawat, Dushyant; Berry, David A.; Surdoval, Wayne A.
Date: 02/07/2017
Description: The disclosure provides a gasification process for the production of a methane-rich syngas at temperatures exceeding 400.degree. C. through the use of an alkali hydroxide MOH, using a gasification mixture comprised of at least 0.25 moles and less than 2 moles of water for each mole of carbon, and at least 0.15 moles and less than 2 moles of alkali hydroxide MOH for each mole of carbon. These relative amounts allow the production of a methane-rich syngas at temperatures exceeding 400.degree. C. by enabling a series of reactions which generate H.sub.2 and CH.sub.4, and mitigate the reforming of methane. The process provides a methane-rich syngas comprised of roughly 20% (dry molar percentage) CH.sub.4 at temperatures above 400.degree. C., and may effectively operate within an IGFC cycle at reactor temperatures between 400-900.degree. C. and pressures in excess of 10 atmospheres.


Phase field modeling of microstructure evolution and concomitant effective conductivity change in solid oxide fuel cell electrodes
Creators: Lei, Yinkai; Cheng, Tian-Le [National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Albany, OR (United States)]; Wen, Youhai [National Energy Technology Lab. (NETL), Albany, OR (United States)]
Date: 02/01/2017
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Metal ferrite oxygen carriers for chemical looping combustion of solid fuels
Creators: Siriwardane, Ranjani V.; Fan, Yueying
Date: 01/31/2017
Description: The disclosure provides a metal ferrite oxygen carrier for the chemical looping combustion of solid carbonaceous fuels, such as coal, coke, coal and biomass char, and the like. The metal ferrite oxygen carrier comprises MFe.sub.xO.sub.y on an inert support, where MFe.sub.xO.sub.y is a chemical composition and M is one of Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba, Co, Mn, and combinations thereof. For example, MFe.sub.xO.sub.y may be one of MgFe.sub.2O.sub.4, CaFe.sub.2O.sub.4, SrFe.sub.2O.sub.4, BaFe.sub.2O.sub.4, CoFe.sub.2O.sub.4, MnFeO.sub.3, and combinations thereof. The MFe.sub.xO.sub.y is supported on an inert support. The inert support disperses the MFe.sub.xO.sub.y oxides to avoid agglomeration and improve performance stability. In an embodiment, the inert support comprises from about 5 wt. % to about 60 wt. % of the metal ferrite oxygen carrier and the MFe.sub.xO.sub.y comprises at least 30 wt. % of the metal ferrite oxygen carrier. The metal ferrite oxygen carriers disclosed display improved reduction rates over Fe.sub.2O.sub.3, and improved oxidation rates over CuO.


Creep resistant high temperature martensitic steel
Creators: Hawk, Jeffrey A.; Jablonski, Paul D.; Cowen, Christopher J.
Date: 01/31/2017
Description: The disclosure provides a creep resistant alloy having an overall composition comprised of iron, chromium, molybdenum, carbon, manganese, silicon, nickel, vanadium, niobium, nitrogen, tungsten, cobalt, tantalum, boron, copper, and potentially additional elements. In an embodiment, the creep resistant alloy has a molybdenum equivalent Mo(eq) from 1.475 to 1.700 wt. % and a quantity (C+N) from 0.145 to 0.205. The overall composition ameliorates sources of microstructural instability such as coarsening of M.sub.23C.sub.6carbides and MX precipitates, and mitigates or eliminates Laves and Z-phase formation. A creep resistant martensitic steel may be fabricated by preparing a melt comprised of the overall composition followed by at least austenizing and tempering. The creep resistant alloy exhibits improved high-temperature creep strength in the temperature environment of around 650.degree. C.


Multi-point laser ignition device
Creators: McIntyre, Dustin L.; Woodruff, Steven D.
Date: 01/17/2017
Description: A multi-point laser device comprising a plurality of optical pumping sources. Each optical pumping source is configured to create pumping excitation energy along a corresponding optical path directed through a high-reflectivity mirror and into substantially different locations within the laser media thereby producing atomic optical emissions at substantially different locations within the laser media and directed along a corresponding optical path of the optical pumping source. An output coupler and one or more output lenses are configured to produce a plurality of lasing events at substantially different times, locations or a combination thereof from the multiple atomic optical emissions produced at substantially different locations within the laser media. The laser media is a single continuous media, preferably grown on a single substrate.


Plasma spark discharge reactor and durable electrode
Creators: Cho, Young I.; Cho, Daniel J.; Fridman, Alexander; Kim, Hyoungsup
Date: 01/10/2017
Description: A plasma spark discharge reactor for treating water. The plasma spark discharge reactor comprises a HV electrode with a head and ground electrode that surrounds at least a portion of the HV electrode. A passage for gas may pass through the reactor to a location proximate to the head to provide controlled formation of gas bubbles in order to facilitate the plasma spark discharge in a liquid environment.


Unconventional: The Development of Natural Gas from the Marcellus Shale
Creators: Soeder, Daniel
Date: 01/03/2017
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Experimental insights into geochemical changes in hydraulically fractured Marcellus Shale
Creators: Marcon, Virginia (ORCID:0000000344230601); Joseph, Craig; Carter, Kimberly E.; Hedges, Sheila W.; Lopano, Christina L.; Guthrie, George D.; Hakala, J. Alexandra (ORCID:0000000333256160)
Date: 01/01/2017
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Regenerable mixed copper-iron-inert support oxygen carriers for solid fuel chemical looping combustion process
Creators: Siriwardane, Ranjani V.; Tian, Hanjing
Date: 12/20/2016
Description: The disclosure provides an oxygen carrier for a chemical looping cycle, such as the chemical looping combustion of solid carbonaceous fuels, such as coal, coke, coal and biomass char, and the like. The oxygen carrier is comprised of at least 24 weight % (wt %) CuO, at least 10 wt % Fe2O3, and an inert support, and is typically a calcine. The oxygen carrier exhibits a CuO crystalline structure and an absence of iron oxide crystalline structures under XRD crystallography, and provides an improved and sustained combustion reactivity in the temperature range of 600.degree. C.-1000.degree. C. particularly for solid fuels such as carbon and coal.


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