A NOVEL ENERGY-EFFICIENT MEMBRANE SYSTEM FOR THE RECOVERY OF VOLATILE ORGANIC CONTAMINANTS FROM INDUSTRIAL PROCESS GASES

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$499,931.00
Award Year:
1993
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
17644
Agency Tracking Number:
17644
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
64550 Research Rd, Bend, OR, 97701
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Scott B. McCray
() -
Business Contact:
Dr. Rod Ray
(503) 382-4100
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
LARGE QUANTITIES OF VOLATILE ORGANIC CONTAMINANTS (VOCS) ARE DISCHARGED FROM INDUSTRIAL PROCESSES INTO THE ATMOSPHERE. THE RECOVERY OF VOCS OFFERS BOTH ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC BENEFITS: EACH KILOGRAM OF ORGANIC CONTAMINANTS RECOVERED AND REUSED REPRESENTS ONE LESS KILOGRAM THAT MUST BE MANUFACTURED. THIS OPERATION REDUCES RAW-MATERIAL COSTS AND THE ENERGY COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE SYNTHESIS AND PURIFICATION OF THE ORGANIC MATERIALS. THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF THIS PROJECT IS TO DEVELOP AN ENERGY-EFFICIENT, MEMBRANE-BASED SYSTEM FOR THE RECOVERY OF VOCS FROM GASEOUS INDUSTRIAL PROCESS STREAMS. THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS SYSTEM IS BASED ON A NEW GENERATION OF CHEMICALLY RESISTANT HOLLOW-FIBER MODULES. PRELIMINARY CALCULATIONS INDICATE THAT THIS SYSTEM COULD SAVE VERY LARGE AMOUNTS OF ENERGY AND PROCESSING COSTS. IN PHASE I THE PROJECT DEVELOPS, FABRICATES, AND TESTS SEVERAL OF THESE NEW HOLLOW-FIBER MODULES. THE CHEMICALLY RESISTANT FIBERS IN THESE MODULES ARE COATED WITH A MATERIAL THAT IS HIGHLY SELECTIVE FOR VOCS OVER THE GAS DISCHARGE. THE MODULES ARE THEN TESTED ON A FEED STREAM OF VOCS IN AIR. IN PHASE II, THERE WOULD BE A SCALE-UP OF THESE SECOND-GENERATION MEMBRANE MODULES WHICH WILL BE TESTED IN A BENCH-SCALE VOC-RECOVERY SYSTEM.

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