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
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 17644
Amount: $499,931.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1993
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Bend Research Inc.
64550 Research Rd, Bend, OR, 97701
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Scott B. McCray
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Business Contact
 Dr. Rod Ray
Phone: (503) 382-4100
Research Institution
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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