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Isobutane Isomerization Membrane Reactor

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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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Woman-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: Isobutane Isomerization Membrane Reactor
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG03-00ER83047
Award Amount: $0.00


60352 The largely unharnessed energy of tidal and ocean currents such as the Gulf Stream is enormous. The absence of an efficient, low cost, environmentally friendly apparatus for power extraction from free water currents has been the major barrier to exploitation of this renewable energy source. This project will develop a new design concept for the effective conversion of ocean currents into electric power using the helical turbine. Phase I established the feasibility of an integrated design of an extremely efficient power plant employing a number of modules containing helical turbines, which generate inexpensive and reliable electrical power from free-flowing ocean currents. Phase II will optimize a standardized helical turbine to be employed in modular power stations. Two demonstration projects, using helical turbines for generating power from ocean currents, will be designed and constructed. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: This project should result in the development of an economical new source of clean, reliable, renewable energy by harnessing the energy of free flowing ocean currents. The technology is practically benign and environmentally friendly since it does not pollute the environment or require the construction of conventional dams and artificial water reservoirs.

Principal Investigator:

Hans Wijmans
Director of Research

Business Contact:

E. 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