Methane Aromatization in a Membrane Reactor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0018485
Agency Tracking Number: 0000234626
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2018
Solicitation Year: 2018
Solicitation Topic Code: 19a
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0001770
Small Business Information
12345 W- 52nd Ave-, Wheat Ridge, CO, 80033-1916
DUNS: 181947730
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Girish Srinivas
 (303) 940-2321
Business Contact
 John Wright
Phone: (303) 940-2300
Research Institution
Aromatic chemicals such as benzene and toluene have traditionally been derived from petroleum- However, shale gas offers a new, large and inexpensive feedstock- Therefore, a more efficient process is needed to convert the United States’ abundance of cheap, but often remotely located natural gas (primarily methane obtained from hydro-fractured shale formations) into more transportable and valuable liquid chemicals at the wellhead- We will develop a direct gas-to- liquids process at the wellhead to produce aromatic hydrocarbons (and hydrogen) in a circulating fluidized bed membrane reactor on a portable skid-mounted unit- We will adapt our HyRes process (originally developed to make hydrogen from residuum) by adding new high- temperature membranes that will extract hydrogen as it is generated by non-oxidative methane dehydroaromatization (MDA) to obtain supra-equilibrium conversion and high aromatic yields-

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