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The Award database is continually updated throughout the year. As a result, data for FY20 is not expected to be complete until September, 2021.

  1. Energy efficient process for solvent extraction of oil from microalgae using green solvents

    SBC: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: 05d

    Solvent extraction by hexane is the most common choice for extraction of oil/lipids from algae. However, hexane is not the best choice of solvent for algae oil extraction because of the need to market byproducts for human and animal consumption. Oil and hexane from the solvent extraction process are separated by distillation/evaporation which is an energy intensive operation. Presence of explosive ...

    STTR Phase I 2010 Department of Energy
  2. Recovery Act- Scale-Up of Nano-Catalyst Membrane Reactors

    SBC: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: 09b

    DOE-ITP Nanomanufacturing Initiative has given high priority to commercializing catalysts for chemical industries. There is ongoing need to develop low cost manufacturing infrastructure to support this objective. Using commercially available nanoparticles and related commercial materials, CMS will fabricate and demonstrate enhanced nanoparticle catalysis. Since all components are commercial scale- ...

    SBIR Phase I 2010 Department of Energy
  3. Recovery Act- Novel Membrane Reactor for the Manufacture and Purification of THF

    SBC: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: 10b

    This project will develop a unique membrane reactor system for the production of tetrahydrofuran. In 2004 about 200 million kg of tetrahydrofuran were produced. The most widely used industrial manufacturing process for this chemical involves the acid-catalyzed dehydration of 1,4-butanediol. In many applications tetrahydrofuran is used as a solvent, but is sought primarily as a precursor to polyte ...

    SBIR Phase I 2010 Department of Energy
  4. Recovery Act- Novel Membrane Reactor for the Manufacture and Purification of THF

    SBC: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: 10b

    The conventional process for making dry tetrahydrofuran is very energy intensive because of the need for azeotropic distillation. Substituting distillation by membrane drying can reduce the energy consumption for heating by a factor of 50. A membrane based process for purifying tetrahydrofuran with 98% less energy consumption than with a conventional azeotropic distillation process has been demons ...

    SBIR Phase II 2010 Department of Energy
  5. Recovery Act- Novel Membranes for Dehydration of Organic and Inorganic Acids

    SBC: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: 10b

    Distillation is a very valuable chemical engineering unit operation but is energy intensive and capital intensive. This is especially true for removing water from organic and inorganic acids where components either form azeotropes or have small relative volatility differences. With a hybrid robust membrane process we can eliminate azeotropes and process pinch points. By using chemically and therm ...

    SBIR Phase I 2010 Department of Energy
  6. Novel Ethanol Dehydration Membranes

    SBC: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: 12b

    There continues to be a need for production of fuel-grade ethanol from renewable sources. Ethanol from agricultural sources has many advantages including development of fuel independence. While there continues to be a significant need for ethanol, the cost of agricultural based ethanol is quite severe although existing and new legislation provides significant incentives for its use. This program ...

    SBIR Phase II 2010 Department of Energy
  7. Novel Membranes for Enhancing Value of Bio-Oil

    SBC: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: 12b

    Bio-oil is a liquid fuel made from biomass such as wood chips and low grade wood byproducts by fast pyrolysis process. Presence of carboxylic acids in raw-bio-oil makes the bio-oil very acidic and corrosive. Raw bio-oil has low heating value primarily because of its high water content (up to 35 %). Oligomerization aldehydes and other compounds with an unsaturated carbon bond in raw bio-oil resu ...

    SBIR Phase II 2010 Department of Energy
  8. Recovery Act- Recovery of Solvent from Solvent-Deasphalting Process by Novel Solvent-Resistant Nanofiltration Membranes

    SBC: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: 10b

    In crude oil refining, asphaltenes are removed from heavy oil fractions to upgrade the quality of oil by solvent-deasphalting process. Solvents used in the solvent deasphalting process are recovered by either flash evaporation or super critical extraction. These conventional solvent recovery processes are highly energy intensive because of the phase change involved in the separation process. The c ...

    SBIR Phase I 2010 Department of Energy
  9. Improved Hydrogen Purification

    SBC: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: 10c

    Industrial hydrogen production relies primarily on natural gas and hydrocarbon feedstocks to drive the various reaction chemistries that lead to hydrogen generation. Carbon dioxide, the ultimate co-product when such feedstocks and processes are employed, necessarily becomes a major contaminant of the generated hydrogen. Thus, carbon dioxide isolation and removal is an important process step in t ...

    SBIR Phase I 2010 Department of Energy
  10. Novel Membranes for Olefin/Paraffin Separation

    SBC: COMPACT MEMBRANE SYSTEMS, INC.            Topic: 10d

    Ethylene and propylene are major chemical industry raw materials and consume a great deal of energy related to their production. Significant energy consumption is employed when cryogenically separating ethane from ethylene and propane from propylene. These cryogenic separations are difficult and are both capital and energy intensive. Membrane processes have been previously evaluated for separating ...

    SBIR Phase I 2010 Department of Energy
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