Multilayer Composite Membranes for Upgrading Acid-Rich Natural Gas

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$0.00
Award Year:
2003
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-03ER83879
Agency Tracking Number:
70317S02-II
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Membrane Technology And Research, Inc. (mtr)
1360 Willow Road, Suite 103, Menlo Park, CA, 94025
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Andre Da Costa
(650) 328-2228
andre@mtrinc.com
Business Contact:
Elizabeth Weiss
(650) 328-2228
egweiss@mtrinc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
70317S02-II About 17% of known U.S. natural gas reserves are subquality due to a high carbon dioxide content. Membrane separation would be an attractive technology to remove this carbon dioxide if more robust membranes with higher selectivities and fluxes were available. This project will develop a new type of perfluorinated polymer membrane that has exceptional permeation characteristics and is resistant to plasticization and attack by higher hydrocarbons, aromatics, and other liquids. Phase I developed membranes with fluxes that were 10 times higher than those of current carbon dioxide separation membranes. Membrane modules were evaluated in the laboratory and at a natural gas processing plant. The results were outstanding. In Phase II, these membranes will be scaled up to industrial scale and evaluated in pilot-scale systems at two natural gas processing plants. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by awardee: Currently, membrane separation has only 3-5% share of the total carbon dioxide/natural gas separation market. Improved membranes would lower the cost of membrane processes and substantially increase the membrane market share.

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