USA flag logo/image

An Official Website of the United States Government

Novel Membranes for Natural Gas Dehydration

Award Information

Environmental Protection Agency
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
Solicitation Year:
Solicitation Topic Code:
Solicitation Number:
Small Business Information
Membrane Technology and Research, Inc.
39630 Eureka Drive Newark, CA 94560
View profile »
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: Novel Membranes for Natural Gas Dehydration
Agency: EPA
Contract: EPD11043
Award Amount: $80,000.00


"Before entering the national pipeline distribution system, all natural gas must be dried, which is currently achieved using glycol dehydrators. However, the glycol dehydrators extract hazardous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from the raw natural gas streams, In the U.S. alone the VOC emissions from dehydrators total an estimated 44,000 tons per year, half of which are benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylens (BTES). Controlling the emissions of these organic pollutants to meet clean air regulations imposed the U.S. EPA is becoming one of the largest environmental challenges facing the natural gas industry today. This Small Business Innovation Research Phase I project proposes to develop an environmentally benign and economically viable membrane process for natural gas dehydration, with essentially zero emissions of hazardous volatile organic compounds. These membranes will permeate water and reject methane and VOCs, leaving the VOCs as a useful fuel component of the dry natural gas product. The proposed membranes would provide far superior water/methane separation performance compared to conventional anisotropic membranes. If successful, the new membranes will make membrane-based natural gas dehydration technically and economically superior to glycol dehydration, and provide relief from the current VOC emission problems of glycol dehydrators. "

Principal Investigator:

Haiging Lin
(650) 543-3359

Business Contact:

Elizabeth G. Weiss
(650) 543-3378
Small Business Information at Submission:

Membrane Technology and Research, Inc.
1360 Wilow 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