Low-Cost, Large-Membrane-Area Modules for Gas Separation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG03-01ER83266
Agency Tracking Number: 65043S01-I
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1360 Willow Road, Suite 103, Menlo Park, CA, 94025
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 J. Wijmans
 Director of Research
 (650) 328-2228
Business Contact
 E. Weiss
Title: Business Manager
Phone: (650) 328-2228
Email: egweiss@mtrinc.com
Research Institution
65043 Although U.S. refineries are short of hydrogen, many untapped sources exist, including off-gas and fuel gas streams that are generated on site. Membranes have been used to separate hydrogen from these gases, but many membrane modules are needed; therefore, the footprint and complexity of the membrane plants are excessive. This project will develop a new type of membrane module that will be 10 times larger than the current industry standard. These large modules will allow large refining gas streams to be treated with compact equipment. In Phase I, prototypes of the large modules will be prepared to determine the appropriate dimensions of the module components and to identify any necessary modifications to current module rolling protocols and equipment. Once these parameters are established, large modules will be prepared and tested. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by awardee: Much larger membrane modules should allow membrane processes to be more widely used in hydrogen separation, as well as in other gas and liquid separations

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