Recovery Act - High-Efficiency Membrane Regenerator for Liquid Desiccant Air Conditioning

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 92457
Amount: $149,974.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: 01 a
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1615 5th Ave., San Rafael, CA, 94901
DUNS: 018475157
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Andrew Lowenstein
 Dr.
 (415) 883-2300
 ail@ailr.com
Business Contact
 Peter Fiske
Title: Dr.
Phone: (415) 256-9900
Email: pfiske@paxscientific.com
Research Institution
 Georgia Institute of Technology
 Sophia Herbert-Peterson
 505 Tenth Street, NW
Atlanta, GA, 30332
 (404) 385-6705
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Low-Flow Liquid Desiccant Air Conditioning (LDAC) has the potential to dramatically lower the electricity used for commercial air conditioning by directly removing moisture from the air prior to cooling. But in order to achieve widespread market adoption, the mechanisms by which the liquid desiccant is regenerated must be made more energy efficient, reliable and cost-effective. Membrane technology holds the greatest promise for high-efficiency desiccant regeneration and membrane-based systems have already been successfully applied to high-efficiency thermal desalination. This project will develop a novel membrane-based liquid desiccant regenerator that will substantially improve the overall energy efficiency of liquid desiccant air conditioning systems. In Phase 1, we will design and build a membrane test cell capable of measuring the performance of various commercially-available membranes under realistic conditions. We will also develop a 1-D numerical model of membrane performance to validate the physicochemical processes taking place during membrane regeneration. In Phase 2 of this program we will design and build several prototype membrane regenerators and field them in realistic performance trials atop commercial buildings. This project will lead to the introduction of a new high-performance desiccant regenerator to the marketplace that will dramatically improve the overall energy efficiency of liquid desiccant air conditioners and further improve the COP of LDAC systems. PAX Streamline will collaborate with the Georgia Tech Research Institute to develop, prototype and test the advanced membrane regenerator.

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