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Integrated Membrane Reactor for Enhancing Thermal & Chemical Reactors

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0018876
Agency Tracking Number: 235826
Amount: $150,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 06c
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0001771
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-07-02
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-04-01
Small Business Information
335 Water Street
Newport, DE 19804-2410
United States
DUNS: 808898894
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Stuart Nemser
 (302) 999-7996
Business Contact
 Stuart Nemser
Phone: (302) 999-7996
Research Institution

With development of shale gas fracking, large amounts of methane and ethane have now become available at low cost. With this low cost ethane it is desirable to convert low cost ethane to high value ethylene. Oxidative dehydration (ODH) for low cost conversion of ethane to ethylene is a potentially attractive route. ODH is an exothermic process for converting ethane to ethylene. By contrast processes today to make ethylene from petroleum are endothermic. Therefore by definition ODH is a heat process intensification process. A major limitation of ODH is the cost of concentrating the 25% ethylene from ODH to 99.9% ethylene (polymer grade ethylene) for chemical processing. CMS has recently developed custom amorphous fluoropolymers (CAF) membranes which show excellent ethylene-ethane flux, selectivity, and stability. This program will modify CAF and associated membranes for separating and concentrating ethylene to make polymer grade ethylene (99.9% ethylene) at costs 25% lower than distillation. CMS will develop enhanced CAF membranes for low cost concentrating of 25% ethylene (coming from the ODH reactor) to polymer grade ethylene (99.9% ethylene) for costs 25% lower than distillation. Phase I will show process feasibility.

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