Dehydration of Natural Gas

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-03ER83711
Agency Tracking Number: 72129S03-I
Amount: $749,945.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2003
Solicitation Topic Code: 31
Solicitation Number: DOE/SC-0059
Small Business Information
Membrane Technology And Research, Inc.
1360 Willow Road, Suite 103, Menlo Park, CA, 94025
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Andre Da Costa
 (650) 328-2228
Business Contact
 Elizabeth Weiss
Title: Ms.
Phone: (650) 328-2228
Research Institution
72129-Currently, more than 55,000 glycol absorption systems, based on hollow fiber membrane modules, are installed in the United States to dry natural gas. A system based on spiral-wound membrane modules would be much more compact and lighter weight. However, conventional spiral-wound modules operate in cross-flow mode and have about twice the methane loss of countercurrent sweep hollow fiber modules. This project will develop a light-weight and efficient membrane drying process based on novel spiral-wound module design that allows for countercurrent sweep operation. Phase I demonstrated that countercurrent sweep, spiral-wound modules can be successfully manufactured and that the sweep operation is effective. Phase II will refine and optimize the design of the countercurrent sweep spiral-wound module and demonstrate module performance in the field with an actual natural gas stream. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by awardee: An improved membrane process to dehydrate natural gas should be widely applied by the natural gas processing industry. In particular, this system should have the potential for wide application in off-shore gas dehydration, for which glycol absorption systems are not suited. The new module design developed for this application could also be used in other gas separation processes.

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