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Enhanced Distillation via Membranes for Elimination of Trapped Water

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
81185
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
80141S06-I
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Compact Membrane Systems, Inc.
335 Water Street Newport, DE 19804-2410
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Enhanced Distillation via Membranes for Elimination of Trapped Water
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER84530
Award Amount: $99,997.00
 

Abstract:

Distillation is a major chemical unit operation and consumer of significant energy. Often, water or another intermediate boiling component can become trapped within the distillation column and accumulate. This causes various operating difficulties such as flooding, slugging, cycling, instability, and an off-spec product. This project will develop a chemically resistant, non-porous water-venting membrane to improve distillation operating efficiency in systems that are prone to water trapping. In Phase I, the membrane system will be built and demonstrated in pilot operations on a typical water trapping system (e.g. water-propane-butane). Basic laboratory data will be combined with membrane-distillation design studies to demonstrate that the water can be economically vented with minimal loss of organic (e.g. propane). Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The new membrane system should enhance the distillation process in many situations where distillation trapping is a major problem. Also, the membrane technology should have additional value in many other distillation applications where the removal of water is difficult (e.g. azeotropes).

Principal Investigator:

Kenneth J. Pennisi
Mr.
3029997996
kpennisi@compactmembrane.com

Business Contact:

Nadine Cragg-Lester
Ms.
3029997996
nlester@compactmembrane.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Compact Membrane Systems, Inc.
325 Water Street Wilmington, DE 19804

EIN/Tax ID: 510348256
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No