Thermally Stable Nitrogen-Absorbents

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG03-96ER82135
Agency Tracking Number: 34572
Amount: $75,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1996
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Bend Research, Inc.
64550 Research Road, Bend, OR, 97701
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. David K. Lyon
 Research Chemist
 (541) 382-4100
Business Contact
 Dr. Walter C. Babcock
Title: President and CEO
Phone: (541) 382-4100
Research Institution
40274 November 6, 1996 Bend Research, Inc. This project will develop a new class of nitrogen (N2)-binding absorbents for removal of N2 from natural gas. These absorbents could be employed in an economical process for treating the large fraction of domestic natural-gas reserves that are contaminated with nitrogen and are therefore unusable. However, the absorbents developed to date lack long-term stability under steam-stripping conditions. Therefore, low temperature stripping processes will be required. In this project, a new class of absorbents will be prepared and evaluated that will be sufficiently stable under steam-stripping conditions and that retain the favorable N2-binding properties of the current absorbents. In Phase II, a bench-scale test will be conducted and the process will be field tested by a number of end users. Anticipated Results/Potential Commercial Applications as described by the awardee: If the target performance of these absorbents is reached, this technology should be used to treat a large fraction of the N2-contaminated natural gas in the U.S. In addition, the same type of absorbents may be used to bind hydrogen in oil-refining. chemical-processing. and fuel-cell applications.

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