A Commercially Viable Carbon Molecular Sieve Membrane for Subquality Natural Gas

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-02ER83493
Agency Tracking Number: 70903S02-I
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1155 William Pitt Way, Pittsburgh, PA, 15238
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Paul Liu
 (412) 826-3721
 mptech@stargate.net
Business Contact
 Paul Liu
Title: 70903
Phone: (412) 826-3721
Email: mptech@stargate.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
70903 About 40% of the approximately 54 trillion standard cubic feet of gas reserves in the lower 48 states can not be economically extracted because it is considered subquality and/or from small or remote wells. Current generation membranes offer a potential solution but have not been implemented because of various technical and economical barriers. This project will develop a carbon molecular sieve/ceramic composite (CMS/C) membrane, combining ¿next generation¿ membrane features of high specific selectivity and throughput in a rugged, low cost, and reliable composite membrane format. Phase I will conduct bench level synthesis and performance testing of several CMS/C membranes derived from selected precursors to identify an appropriate candidate membrane for the application environment. Following screening, one candidate will be chosen for scale-up development and testing on a full scale commercial ceramic substrate. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The CMS/C composite membrane should find application in the upgrading of natural gas from subquality and/or remote wells. This membrane can be directly translated into enhanced oil recovery and landfill gas recovery applications. In addition, the CMS/C membrane should find use in such industrially important processes as propane/propylene recovery and oxygen/nitrogen separation.

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