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Membranes for Methane/Nitrogen Seperation

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Department of Energy
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2003 / 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: 2003
Title: Membranes for Methane/Nitrogen Seperation
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-03ER83709
Award Amount: $100,000.00


72107S03-I Approximately 17% of U.S. natural gas reserves do not meet pipeline specification because of high nitrogen content. About 40% of these reserves lack suitable gas processing technology for smaller gas fields, especially where the gas contains more than 15% nitrogen. This is because the best membranes developed to date, which have a methane/nitrogen selectivity of 3 to 4, can economically process gas containing only up to 15% nitrogen. This project will develop membranes with a selectivity of 5, a modest increase that will significantly improve process economics and allow more heavily contaminated gas, containing up to 30% nitrogen, to be processed. In Phase I, candidate composite membranes with the potential of providing methane/nitrogen selectivities of 5 will be prepared, and their permeation properties will be determined with model gas mixtures. Based on the data obtained, the technical and economic feasibility of the process will be analyzed. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by awardee: The technology should allow about 4 billion scfd (standard cubic feet daily) of natural gas, currently unexploited because of high nitrogen content, to be produced.

Principal Investigator:

Ingo Pinnau

Business Contact:

Elizabeth Weiss
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