1997-07-01

Converting NASA Space Colony Wastes Into Energy with Steam-Reforming 972274

The Steam Reformer System (SRS) converts organic wastes into hydrogen-rich synthetic gas which can supply chemical energy to a fuel-cell for converting this syngas into recoverable electric power, CO2 for plant growth and potable water. In the radwaste market area Westinghouse-SEG operates this SRS system on commercial radwaste routinely and this system is presented. NASA-projected space colony waste was successfully processed in an SRS and data are presented. Finally a conceptual design of the SSR-Fuel Cell system is presented that can support a small community in a harsh environment or in space.

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