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RECOVERY OF ORGANIC SOLVENT VAPORS BY MEMBRANES

Award Information

Agency:
Environmental Protection Agency
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
8216
Program Year/Program:
1989 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
8216
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Membrane Technology and Research, Inc.
39630 Eureka Drive Newark, CA 94560
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 1989
Title: RECOVERY OF ORGANIC SOLVENT VAPORS BY MEMBRANES
Agency: EPA
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $149,922.00
 

Abstract:

ORGNAIC VAPOR-LADEN INDUSTRIAL AIRSTREAMS ARE A GROWING POL-LUTION PROBLEM AND A WASTE OF RESOURCES. THE METHODS NOW AVAILABLE FOR TREATING THESE AIRSTREAMS ARE INADEQUATE, ESPECIALLY WHERE CHLOROFLUOROCARBON SOLVENTS ARE INVOLVED. THE USE OF MEMBRANES TO RECOVER ORGANIC VAPORS FROM CONTAMI-NATED AIR HAS BEEN STUDIED AT MEMBRANE TECHNOLOGY AND RE- INC. SINCE 1982, AND THEY HAVE COMPLETED LABORATORY TESTS OFA ONE-MODULE BENCH-SCALE SYSTEM. THE GOAL OF THE PROPOSED PROGRAM IS TO TACKLE THE SYSTEMS DESIGN AND ENGINEERING PROBLEMS RELATED TO SCALING UP TO A COMMERCIAL SYSTEM. THE PROJECT WILL ALSO PROVIDE FIELD DATA ON SYSTEM RELIABILITY, EFFICIENCY AND ECONOMICS THT WILL SHOW THE ADVANTAGES OF MEMBRANE-BASED SYSTEMS COMPARED TO COMPETITIVE TECHNOLOGIES SUCH AS CARBON ABSORPTION, INCINERATION, AND CONDENSATION. IN THE PHASE I PROGRAM, THE INVESTIGATORS WILL USE AN EXIST-ING MODULE TEST UNIT TO STUDY SOLVENT VAPOR STREAMS MODELED ON THOSE FOUND AT COLLABORATING HOST PLANTS. BASED ON T THESE STUDIES, THE MOST PROMISING FIELD SITE WILL BE SEL- ECTED AND A PILOT SYSTEM DESIGNED. IN THE PHASE II PROGRAM WOULD BE CONSTRUCTED AND EVALUATED IN THE LABORATORY AND IN THE FIELD. THE MOST PROMISING INITIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS OF A MEM-BRANE VAPOR RECOVERRY SYTEM ARE CHLOROFLUOCARBON RECOVERY FROM DEGREASING PLANTS AND FOAM BLOWING PLANTS, AND RECOVERYFROM CONCENTRATED STREAMS GENERATED FROM THE CHLOROFLUORCAR-BON MANUFACTURING PROCESS. IN THE LONG TERM, HOWEVER, MEM- BRANE-BASED SYSTEMS COULD FIND APPLICATION IN MANY OTHER IN-DUSTRIES WHERE SOLVENT RECOVERY IS DESIRABLE.

Principal Investigator:

Jg Wijmans
4153282228

Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Membrane Technology & Research
1360 Willow Road Menlo Park, CA 94025

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