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A GAS-FIRED LIQUEFIER FOR NATURAL GAS RECOVERY FROM REMOTE LOCATIONS

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
14457
Program Year/Program:
1991 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
14457
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
General Pneumatics Corp
3616 W. Thomas Rd. Ste. 5 Phoenix, AZ 85019 0444
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1991
Title: A GAS-FIRED LIQUEFIER FOR NATURAL GAS RECOVERY FROM REMOTE LOCATIONS
Agency: DOE
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $49,790.00
 

Abstract:

THIS PROJECT CONSISTS OF A MOBILE, SELF-CONTAINED, GAS-FIREDNATURAL GAS LIQUEFIER SYSTEM FOR THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY OF NATURAL GAS FROM "CAPPED" WELLS IN REMOTE LOCATIONS. THE SYSTEM IS AN INNOVATIVE ARRANGEMENT OF MULTIPLE, TRUCK-MOUNTED STIRLING LIQUEFIER MODULES THAT LIQUEFY METHANE FOR RECOVERY FROM THE WELLHEAD GAS WHILE UTILIZING THE HEAVIER FRACTIONS OF THE NATURAL GAS FOR COMBUSTION TO POWER THE SYSTEM. BY DERIVING POWER FROM WELLHEAD GAS TO LIQUEFY METHANE, THE SYSTEM FACILITATES THE REFINEMENT AND TRANSPORT (BY TANK TRUCK) OF NATURAL GAS FROM WELL SITES FORWHICH PROVISION OF A PIPELINE AND ELECTRIC POWER OR DIESEL FUEL IS IMPRACTICAL. THE LIQUEFIER MODULE IS A COMPACT ARRANGEMENT WHEREIN A FOUR-CYLINDER, DOUBLE-ACTING SIEMENS-STIRLING ENGINE POWERED BY GAS COMBUSTION DRIVES A SECOND FOUR-CYLINDER, DOUBLE-ACTING SIEMENS-STIRLING CRYOREFRIGERATOR CAPABLE OF LIQUEFYING METHANE. THE ENGINE AND REFRIGERATOR ARE COUPLED BY A COMMON DRIVE LINKAGE THAT GIVES THE PISTONS OPTIMUM PHASING WITH STRAIGHT-LINE MOTION TO MINIMIZE SIDE FORCES AND WEAR. THE SYSTEM USES NONPOLLUTING HELIUM AS THE WORKING FLUID AND IS COOLED BY RECIRCULATING WATER. A SWITCHING RECUPERATIVE HEAT EXCHANGER IS USED TO PRECOOL THE WELLHEAD GAS AND SEPARATE OUT THE "HEAVY ENDS" FOR COMBUSTION PRIOR TO LIQUEFACTION OFTHE METHANE. THE PROTOTYPE DESIGN UNDER DEVELOPMENT IN PHASE I IS FOR A REFRIGERATION CAPACITY OF 4 KW AT 110 K TO LIQUEFY 16 KG OF METHANE PER HOUR. THIS UNIT WILL SERVE AS A SCALED-DOWN, TEST-BED PROTOTYPE FOR AN EVENTUAL 80 KW SIEMENS-STIRLING NATURAL GAS LIQUEFIER FOR FIELD APPLICATION.

Principal Investigator:

Earnest E Atkins
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact:


6029981856
Small Business Information at Submission:

General Pneumatics Corpon
7662 East Gray Road Suite 107 Scottsdale, AZ 85260

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