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Low Cost Air Separation Via Magnetic Microchannel Arrays

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0020505
Agency Tracking Number: 249393
Amount: $206,499.40
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 24a
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0002145
Solicitation Year: 2020
Award Year: 2020
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2020-01-06
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-11-17
Small Business Information
PO Box 770252, 25557 Bella Vista Circle, Steamboat Springs, CO, 80477-0252
DUNS: 080820750
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Edward Salley
 (978) 692-4664
Business Contact
 Michael Kimble
Phone: (970) 846-0547
Research Institution
Cryogenic air separation technology is energy intensive and requires expensive infrastructure leading to high costs. Skyhaven Systems, LLC proposes an alternative technology, targeted for use with the next generation small, modular gasification plants 1-5MW), based upon magnetic microchannel arrays operated at/near room temperature) with the intent to augment or replace cryogenic-based distillation. The Phase I effort will be targeted to validate oxygen separation efficiency from an air stream. Magnetic microchannels will be fabricated, optimized, and tested for effectiveness. COMSOL modeling software will be utilized to examine the microchannel design/performance and guide development and optimization. Additionally, a prototype multi-element microchannel package will be designed. An initial cost analysis will be performed including installation, operating, and manufacturing cost elements along with a scale-up plan for a potential Phase II program. The development program is targeted for use in small-scale, modular coal gasification plants. Air separation technology, of the type being developed, is commonly used in a multitude of other industries including: to increase production efficiency in steel, rocket fuel, glass, chemical and metallurgical processing and healthcare applications.

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