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Metallic Foam-Based Membranes for Hydrogen Separation/Purification

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
68983
Program Year/Program:
2004 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
76266S04-I
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Ultramet
12173 Montague Street Pacoima, CA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2004
Title: Metallic Foam-Based Membranes for Hydrogen Separation/Purification
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-04ER84112
Award Amount: $99,987.00
 

Abstract:

76266-Hydrogen use would increase dramatically if plans to employ it as an environmentally friendly, zero-emission fuel source come to fruition. However, before the widespread use of hydrogen becomes commercially viable, several alternative means of production must be developed, some of which will generate levels of purity that are too low for many applications. For example, in the semiconductor industry, high-purity hydrogen is used extensively, but it is very expensive due to the cost associated with purification. This project will develop a novel metallic foam membrane separation technology, which will dramatically reduce the cost of hydrogen purification by employing inexpensive tantalum metal as the major membrane component. The device will be small and inexpensive, have high throughput, and require no user intervention. Phase I will fabricate the metallic foam purification membrane device and quantify its performance (i.e., throughput, pressure drop, required inlet pressure, operating temperature). Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The proposed metal foam membrane technology should reduce the cost of ultra-pure hydrogen by allowing consumers to buy low-purity hydrogen instead of costly high-purity gas. It also could be used to reclaim hydrogen from exhaust gas streams.

Principal Investigator:

Jason R. Babcock
Dr.
8188990236
jason.babcock@ultramet.com

Business Contact:

Craig N. Ward
Mr.
8188990236
craig.ward@ultramet.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Ultramet
12173 Montague Street Pacoima, CA 91331

EIN/Tax ID: 952662293
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No