NOVEL MEMBRANES FOR NATURAL GAS LIQUIDS RECOVERY

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 10890
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1990
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Membrane Technology & Research
1360 Willow Rd #103, Menlo Pk, CA, 94025
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr Johannes G Wijmans
 Principal Investigator
 (415) 328-2228
Business Contact
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Research Institution
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Abstract
THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROJECT IS TO DEVELOP A MEMBRANE PROCESS FOR THE SEPARATION AND RECOVERY OF HYDROCARBONS SUCH AS ETHANE, PROPANE, BUTANE, AND PENTANE FROM NATURAL GAS STREAMS. THESE HIGHER HYDROCARBONS HAVE A SIGNIFICANT VALUE AS CHEMICAL FEED STOCK; OFTEN, THEY MUST BE REMOVED TOCONTROL THE BTU RATING OF NATURAL GAS. MULTILAYER COMPOSITEMEMBRANES WILL BE PREPARED USING RUBBERY POLYMERS AS THE PERMSELECTIVE MATERIAL. TWO MATERIALS WITH VERY HIGH SELECTIVITIES FOR THE HIGHER HYDROCARBONS OVER METHANE HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED. THE MEMBRANE PREPARATION METHOD INVOLVES THE USE OF A NOVEL COATING TECHNIQUE. THE MEMBRANES WILL BE TESTED WITH METHANE AND THE HIGHER HYDROCARBONS. AT THE END OF PHASE I, THE MOST PROMISING MEMBRANE WILL BE INCORPORATED IN A SPIRAL- WOUND MODULE AND TESTED WITH A SYNTHETIC NATURAL GAS MIXTURE.

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