Spiral-Wound Modules as Novel Structured Packing for Distillation

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-05ER84328
Agency Tracking Number: 78313S05-I
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: 30 b
Solicitation Number: DE-FG01-04ER04-33
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
 Hans Wijmans
 (503) 282-2281 x1
Business Contact
 Elizabeth Weiss
Title: Ms.
Phone: (650) 328-2228
Email: egweiss@mtrinc.com
Research Institution
78313S Distillation is the principal separation technology used by the U.S. refining and petrochemical industries. Improvements in this technology could have a major impact on energy consumption and chemical production costs. This project seeks to develop a novel membrane-structured-packing distillation technology. The technology will utilize a new countercurrent membrane contactor that could enhance the separation efficiency of distillation several fold. In Phase I, a bench-scale system will be built and operated with simple model mixtures. The data obtained will used to estimate the technical and economic feasibility of the process and to select the most suitable separations for focus in Phase II, in which the device will be developed to the demonstration stage. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: Distillation is so widely used that any improvement in today's technology should have a very substantial economic impact.

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