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Integrated Membrane System for Upgrading Nitrogen-Rich Natual Gas

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Department of Energy
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2001 / SBIR
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Membrane Technology and Research, Inc.
39630 Eureka Drive Newark, CA 94560
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: Integrated Membrane System for Upgrading Nitrogen-Rich Natual Gas
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG03-01ER83274
Award Amount: $100,000.00


65051 Natural gas that is contaminated with less than 10% nitrogen still can be used by blending it with sufficient low-nitrogen-content gas. Unfortunately, much of this gas is not usually produced, particularly if it also contaminated with carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide. This represents about $30 billion worth of natural gas. This project will develop an integrated membrane system to remove nitrogen and other impurities from small natural gas streams. One of the two membranes to be evaluated in the proposed process is at the development stage; the other is already used commercially. In Phase I, the performance of spiral-wound modules containing the development-stage membrane will be measured with model gas mixtures in a bench-scale test system. A detailed technical and economic analysis of the complete process will be performed. Commercial Applications And Other Benefits as described by awardee: This low-cost, natural gas process should be very attractive for small wells and should allow the production of gas from many currently unexploited wells. A significant opportunity should also exist to combine the membrane process with cryogenic distillation for larger streams.

Principal Investigator:

J. G. Wijmans
Director of Research

Business Contact:

E. G. Weiss
Business Manager
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Membrane Technology And Research, Inc. (mtr)
1360 Willow Road Suite 103 Menlo Park, CA 94025

EIN/Tax ID: 942795892
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No