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Hydrogen Recovery Process Using New Membrane Materials

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Department of Energy
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Program Year/Program:
2001 / SBIR
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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 1
Fiscal Year: 2001
Title: Hydrogen Recovery Process Using New Membrane Materials
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG03-00ER83046
Award Amount: $0.00


60245 Increasingly, U.S. refineries are short of hydrogen. While, untapped sources exist, including off-gas and fuel gas streams generated on-site, hydrogen recovery has been problematic. Membranes have been used for this application but membrane failure caused by plasticization and condensation of heavy hydrocarbons has led to a shutdown of a number of plants. In this project a new class of membrane material that is completely inert to hydrocarbons will be developed. These membranes do not fail after exposure to hydrogen vapors or condensed liquids. In Phase I, membrane performance was evaluated in bench-scale membrane stamp and membrane module tests. Experiments showed that the membranes were able to withstand exposure to high hydrocarbon partial pressures up to saturation without being damaged, and that they retained their useful properties. A technical and economic analysis was performed. In Phase II, the membranes will be optimized and produced on industrial-scale membrane casting and coating equipment. The best membranes will be incorporated into modules. The process will be scaled up and evaluated in the laboratory and in field tests at cooperating refineries. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: Hydrogen-permeable membranes have not been widely used in refinery applications because of poor reliability. Development of hydrocarbon-resistant membranes will allow economical recovery of hydrogen from refinery fuel gas streams.

Principal Investigator:

Andre Da Costa
Group Leader

Business Contact:

E. Weiss
Business Manager
Small Business Information at Submission:

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